Jill Weatherholt

Writing Stories of Love, Faith and Happy Endings While Enjoying the Journey

The Thrill of it All


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“Do one thing every day that scares you.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

When I was a kid, I loved the thrill of a roller coaster. My heart pounded in my chest anticipating the two to three minutes of high-speed adventure. Wet with sweat, my hands gripped the cold handlebar, hanging on for dear life, as it scaled the first hill. As the ride dipped low and took me high, I vowed never to ride another roller coaster again. Of course, I always did.

The days of riding roller coasters are behind me. After a ruptured disc in my back twenty years ago, two days following a ride on a coaster, my thrill seeking days were over…or so I thought.

To say the last four months, since I entered a writing contest sponsored by a publisher, was a roller coast ride, is a colossal understatement. Going from a one-hundred-word book blurb, to a completed manuscript during that period, produced more of a thrill than any amusement park ride I’ve ever climbed aboard.

It’s difficult to put into words the emotional highs and lows I experienced. I contribute this to writing under a deadline verses writing for pleasure. Some days, I loved my story. But more often, it made my stomach turn. I pushed through the bad days, desperately in search for the good.

When I finally hit submit, the night before my deadline, I wandered around the house in a daze. I can’t tell you what I did or said, it’s all a blur. What I do know is, whatever your talent, a writer, photographer, painter, sculptor…anything, take a chance and put your work out there. You never know what thrills lie ahead.


Author: Jill Weatherholt

My name is Jill Weatherholt and I’m a writer. I have a full-time job, but at night and on the weekend, I pursue my passion, writing. I write modern stories about love, friendship and forgiveness. I started this blog as a way to share my journey toward publication and to create a community for other new writers. Raised in the Washington, DC area, I’ve lived in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2004. I hold a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and a Certification in Paralegal Studies from Duke University. My first book, SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE, published by Harlequin Love Inspired released on February 21, 2017 and is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.com. I was the first place winner in the Dream Quest One Short Story Contest in the Winter 2014-2015 competition. In 2014, I placed second in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest. I was also a top ten finalist in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest in 2012 and 2013. I’m a 2010 and 2012 winner of the NaNoWriMo Contest. I love to connect readers, visit me at jillweatherholt.com

134 thoughts on “The Thrill of it All

  1. Jill, congratulations on finishing your manuscript! Such an awesome accomplishment. I hope you celebrated!

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  2. Congratulations on sticking with it and completing your manuscript. There’s joy in completion. 🙂

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  3. Congratulations Jill !! I am so proud of you ❤ A few years back I was under the same kind of deadline (it was for a non-fiction book) and it was HORRIBLE. Any news yet??


  4. Congrats on getting that done and in! When I’m deeply immersed in a story, I tend to be in a daze for days. I miss rollercoasters. I had to give them up because of a herniated disk in my 20s. And now I won’t risk the artificial disk on anything so frivolous. Luckily, the writer life provides so many ups and downs–it truly mimics a rollercoaster. 🙂 Hugs!

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