Jill Weatherholt

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

NO FEAR ZONE

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Well, I survived.

My first contracted book is back in the hands of my editor. It’s difficult to put into words the emotions I experienced during this first round of revisions.

I worked primarily on the weekend, some days ten hours straight. I had a few major meltdowns. The first came when I had to move a major scene, which originally occurred later in the book, to Chapter 2. This created a domino effect resulting in a lot of rewriting. Then I had to delete my ending to make everything flow. That was my second major meltdown.

One thing I learned, writing under contract, after you’ve received an advance, is an entirely different animal. Although I enjoyed the process, my stress level magnified and fear took hold. I wanted perfection, though I knew that wasn’t possible. I wanted to know why someone would pay me to write, after all, this is the first book I’ve written. I wanted to know how I got from a fifty-word blurb, to this.

In the end, I had to push aside the questions and the self-doubt, in order to move forward. Would I do it again? You bet I would.

Of course, I never would have hit submit, if it weren’t for the support and encouragement I received from Derek, my family, friends and fellow bloggers.

What do you fear?

“Don’t let the fear of striking out hold you back.” ~ Babe Ruth

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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, will release in March, 2017. It's now able for pre-order on Amazon. 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

142 thoughts on “NO FEAR ZONE

  1. That’s so great – I’m really excited for you! I guess we have to deal with fear and self doubt at all stages of the game. But what you said is so true – don’t listen to it, don’t let it bog you down. They offered you a contract for a reason – because they loved your writing. Keep telling yourself that during those rewrites. Rewriting is enough to make anyone insane, especially when one change creates that domino effect. I know exactly what you’re talking about with those kinds of changes. 🙂 It’ll be worth it in the end though!

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  2. Doesn’t surprise me at all Jill – with success comes pressure. Like if a sportsman gets his/her professional contract then it becomes less of a hobby and more of a job. I deal with fear by avoiding those situations as best I can, real brave 🙂

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    • Thankfully, I don’t rely on writing income to pay the mortgage. The thought of that gives me instant writer’s block. You’re selling yourself short, Roy. You’ve published books and run marathons…not many people have that on their resume. Enjoy your weekend!

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  3. Congratulations Jill on what read like a totally new book – amazing the demands from the editor. I’ll bet you were really torn on the majority of revisions since they were re-writes. For me it would be like changing a whole background behind a forest in a painting – nearly impossible. Hats off to you, your grit is showing, determination are showcased here. Very exciting to read of your progress. No doubt the editor will be thrilled with your revised edition. Best wishes and have a great week ahead.

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  4. Good on you Jill I could imagine the stress involved but you did it!

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  5. In my opinion, that type of rewrite is always the worst because everything flows forward, but you DID it! I’m so happy for you, Jill. Congratulations, and I cannot wait to read your book!

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  6. It’s funny, the past 2 years I’ve been writing under deadlines from publishers and it’s really different. The anxiety level when you can’t just put it aside a few weeks or months and figure it out later is so high. But sometimes cool things happen in that pressure cooker. One of the hardest things for me was taking big picture editorial comments and figuring out how to implement them.

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