So I never really know how much of myself I’m allowed to share in an author’s note.
Do you want to know that now, 60,000+ words into this story, my confidence has faltered and I have no idea if I want to finish it any more? You’re only on chapter 2 or 3, and a lot happens between now and then… maybe you wouldn’t want me to finish either if you were where I am in the story now. Is it manipulative and wrong of me to ask you to give me confidence in the form of a comment or review?
Or do you want to know why there’s several paragraphs in the middle of this chapter about thrift stores and sewing because I couldn’t resist talking about the hobby I used to spend all of my time on, to the extent that I gave my main character a passion for it just so that I could recapture it for a few minutes, though I don’t have time to do it anymore?
Do I tell you about how I’ve been so proud of myself for writing at least 400 words a day for two weeks? Do I tell you that the story is finished, and there is a completed sequel and 10000 words of a third story and two completed one-shots and a third that’s in my head and will find it’s way to paper in the next week or two?
How much am I allowed to share? You came here to read my story, but the story is so much me right now that I feel like I can share everything with you, all of my thoughts and hopes and dreams.
But it’s not my diary, it’s my story.
How much do I share in an author’s note?