Tonight, I had my first book reading.... okay, so maybe it wasn't in public, and my novel isn't even completed, much less published, but I read my first three chapters to my parents tonight. The good news is that they both enjoyed it! I was glad that I finally had the opportunity to get their opinions on it.
My dad happened to be sitting on the couch when I came out to read, so he decided to listen as well. It's funny, because even though I know that my dad is one half of the most supportive team I have behind me, he doesn't really enjoy reading like my mom and I do, so he'll usually fall asleep if I try to read him something really long. I figured he'd be out cold before I was halfway through chapter one, but to my complete surprise, he stayed awake and interested through the entire three chapters that I read tonight. When I would stop between chapters to get a drink or clear my throat, he was just as anxious for me to continue as my mom was. That really made me feel good, because I knew that my writing must have been intriguing enough for my dad to enjoy as well. Plus, through the entire three chapters that I read, my mom only had one comment on something that I needed to fix, and I was able to catch a few typos that I had made in my typing.
I'm excited to continue reading to my parents, but I'm also excited to continue writing. I feel as though I have been in a writing slump for a while now; I've been focused on school, and on blogging every day, but I have been void of all good ideas when it comes to my novel. I don't know what happened today, but I suddenly had a spark of inspiration and could get quite a few pages written over the course of the day. I can only hope that my spark of creativity will continue to guide me over the next few days so that I can accomplish even more. Otherwise, my parents are really going to be annoyed that they're left hanging without more of the story!
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