Phase Three: Right People at the Right Time

A month has passed since I “braved the journey” and wrote the last sequel chapter. For nearly a year, the characters developed within me like a new-born child. We were inseparable, day and night. Although there is always a sense of sadness when the story ends, my characters and I remain united for the work ahead.


Once I completed the first draft, phase two (the editing process) began. I ignored most of my responsibilities, including the fresh bouquet sitting on my desk. As I edited, yellow roses, sunflowers, lilies, and flower varieties I don’t recognize faded away, along with useless words in the manuscript.

My desk is littered with dehydrated petals and sprinklings of stamen the color of paprika. The manuscript is the opposite: less cluttered, cleaner with developments that will keep readers wondering what is going to occur next.


I am now entering phase three, critiques, and as it happened with Ashley’s Gift, God brought two ladies into my life, an editor and an aspiring author. We meet monthly to offer positive feedback of one another’s work. I am excited about this union, to give back and to grow as a beta reader, a critique partner, and writer. I am also eager to place a fresh bouquet on my desk; watch the buds bloom to completion along with the sequel to Ashley’s Gift.

How has God united you with the right people at the right time in your career and/or life. Please share to encourage others.

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