The idea first hit me in August of 2014 while in Dublin…it pulled my heartstrings and magnified my grief in losing a friend to the point of almost a lost obsession…
Then the universe began sprinkling clues like breadcrumbs, and once I started paying attention to them, I accumulated over ten pages of signs…
I journeyed twice more to Dublin without knowing why or what the hell I was doing there…
but now I do.
And Dublin trip number four is booked for July 2018, my celebratory victory tour, so to speak.
Over the course of the past three years, I devoted countless hours and days to crafting the story of Kelly Lynch and her friend, Shannon Moran. I ultimately surprising even myself as my initial story idea took off on its own, unique course, and held its own through fruition.
All of a sudden, I wrote the last word without even realizing it at the time that it was THE LAST WORD.
I burst into tears as I realize that the draft was technically done.
An intense round of editing followed over the course of the past few weeks, and now?
I AM DONE.
And I cried tears of joy again.
CHAPTER ONE, a novel by Jill Ocone, is finished. Complete.
How does it feel?
I truly feel like a different person now that Chapter One is finished. I feel…..well, astonished that I did it, in disbelief that I did it, in awe that I did it, and…..
It’s very hard for me to describe how I feel, other than it’s an awesomely overwhelmingly satisfied sense of accomplishment.
I set out to do something, and I accomplished my goal. I mean, I REALLY DID IT.
As I crafted a story that the universe brought to me, a story that needed to be told, I learned a lot about myself in the process. I accepted who I am, just like how my main character, Kelly Lynch, learned to accept herself.
I also know that there are many more words to be strung together and stories to tell.
Above all else, I learned that I am, indeed, a writer, just like Kelly Lynch learns in Chapter One.
Life imitating art that imitates life?
It’s pretty freaking awesome.
There’s a litany of thank-yous to come, but I must thank my spirit guides, Tara (Hey, You!) and Nick (You, Too!).
Chapter One is for you both. Thanks for guiding me along this spectacular journey.
I have begun reaching out to literary agents and publishers with confidence that the universe will lead me to the right opportunity to take Chapter One to the next level.
And if nothing ever comes of it, no worries. I fulfilled my destiny as dictated by the universe and will trust the journey, no matter the outcome.