In total, Bitterblue was four years of drafting and revising from start to finish.
There’s a reason I like to tell this story. It’s not because I enjoy making my audience gasp in horror (though I do). It’s because I know there are always writers in the audience. I know there are people in the audience who are writing and who feel hopeless and discouraged by their own flawed work. I tell this story because I want to get this message across: THAT’S HOW IT FEELS TO BE A WRITER. It doesn’t mean your book will never become what you want it to be. It doesn’t mean you’re not talented; it doesn’t mean you’re wasting your time; it doesn’t mean your book isn’t about anything; it doesn’t mean you should give up. It only means that you’re writing.