I am thankful for the gift of time. When I sit back and think about how God has afforded me extra time to stay home and work on my projects (namely book) joy fills up on the inside of me.
Although everyday isn't the same and I struggle from time to time adjusting to my schedule (which currently consists of staying up all night reading, researching, writing and sleeping about four or five hours during the late morning), I am thankful that I'm able to wake up and decide my day.
Freedom. Peace. Creative fulfillment. That pretty much sums up the joys of life for me.
The extra time I do have also makes me realize how much work my manuscript really needs. Simply put: it's not ready. I thought this go round would be my fourth and final rewrite of my WIP Hot Like Fire, and yet here I am reading awesome books and excerpts like Angie Thomas's The Hate U Give. All I want to do is to be able to captivate a young reader's minds in such a way that makes reading irresistible. Can I do that? Absolutely. And, to be perfectly honest, I don't know where I would be if I didn't have this extension from work to do me.
So, this Thankful Thursday, I'm going to relish in the fact that I have an opportunity to tighten my manuscript before I pitch to agents. Seriously, how can I pitch when I'm not in LOVE with my own story? Is it because I've been working on it for so long that I'm about ready to move on to the next? I don't know. What I do know is that I have to make use of the extra free time I do have. As groggy or tired I may be, I know I have to get up and put in the work. After all, the manuscript won't fix itself.