Anyone who has written a book will tell you that it’s a lot harder than it sounds. I think that’s a pretty fair assessment.
I started using the Wordly App to keep me on track with my writing. It’s pretty cool, and it manages to make me feel like I should be writing every time I turn on my computer and/or phone. And for my last novel, Submerging (Book 3 of The Starlight Chronicles), I clocked over 70 hours writing my novel. And that’s just the writing process. That’s not counting editing or proofing (probably at least an extra 20 hours with that.)
That’s close to 100 hours of work. That’s two and a half weeks at a full-time job. So I make sure I take my dedications very seriously. Here’s my latest:
I always want to thank and remember the people who have made a big difference in my life, even if it was a small moment in time. I learned that a long time ago: Sometimes the biggest changes come from the smallest things.
Each one of the people mentioned have irrevocably changed my life, and I am enormously grateful for it, even if I wasn’t at the time.
I owe Sam for teaching me how to love someone without expecting them to love me back.
I owe Eric for showing me compassion when I didn’t expect it.
I owe Andy for changing how I saw my troubles.
I owe them for so much more, too. So much I just can’t put into words. (Ironic, isn’t it?)
In my other books, I have other dedications, too, but I always like thinking about how these things shape my writing, and how they are all in some way a part of my audience.
If you have written a book, or you plan to, who would you dedicate it to? I’d love to hear!