Rewrite Your Draft Novel NEED MOTIVATION? TALK TO MY COUSIN Part 3

Roberta

This is Roberta, my cousin from Seligman, Missouri. Isn't she the cutest thing you've ever seen? I'd better finish writing that sequel.

“SANDY, I’VE GOT A REAL BONE TO PICK WITH YOU,” Roberta said, sounding peeved. She’s my cousin from Missouri. We were on the phone. I hadn’t talked to her in ages. “WHEN YOU SENT ME YOUR BOOK, I LOVED IT. I STUCK MY NOSE IN IT AND DIDN’T STOP READING UNTIL I WAS FINISHED. YOU COULDN’T PRY ME OFF.

“I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR THE SEQUEL. I WANT TO KNOW WHEN THE HELL I’M GOING TO FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENS. WHERE’S THE SEQUEL?”

I laughed so hard. I love people from Missouri. Plain spoken, no bull. Just the truth.

Exactly the kick in the rear I needed to face the hairy beast of a manuscript. Mogollon––it’s pronounced MOW-GO-YONE. That’s the Spanish pronunciation. The Native pronunciation is MUGGY-YONE. The Mogollon are an extinct Native American people.

The word Mogollon is all over the Southwest, and it’s the title of Numenon’s sequel, in production now.

I’ll quit stalling and get to work. Roberta wants my book.

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