It's been a while since I wrote about writing. Probably because I've had something of a love/hate relationship with my passion for the past year. The older I get, the harder it becomes to simply throw myself into a story the way I did pre-kid and pre-adulting. I can no longer blindly write into the night. If I want to get anything accomplished in any of my current projects, it needs to become habit.
After a year’s hiatus, I came back to publishing to a whole new world. Many of the authors I had followed were no longer publishing. The ones still around either rocketed to stardom or cut comfortable corners into their perspective niches. Many of the methods I had utilized at the start of my career were null and void, I just wasn’t aware until it was too late.
About a month before watching Cathy Hay's video, I pulled out my high school journals "for research." I've had an idea for a YA novel/novella series for some time, but I wanted to step back into the shoes of Fifteen. Boy, did my journals deliver.
It's hard writing into the void sometimes. With traditional and original fiction, you often write something that people may or not read. Then they may or may not leave a review. If they bother leaving a review (this is not counting book bloggers btw) that's either because they loved your story, or they hated it. The average G.I. Jane doesn't review unless your story moved them to a strong feeling.
When you write, you tend to spend a lot of time in your head, and it’s easy to become discouraged and disheartened. It’s even easier to fall into a pit that doesn’t seem to have a way out.
One thing I hope you take away from my meanderings, is to enjoy your life. Don't beat yourself up for missing the occasional deadline or falling out of habits. Sometimes, we structure our lives too much, so much that we forget how to be part of the world outside our screens. I hope you find ways to surround yourself with beauty this week. I hope you are inspired 🙂
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Hola from Tejas everyone! This past week I've been working hard to pull together all my notes and partially written scenes from Tamn. I'm excited to see the story develop fully. There's something magical about taking scattered broken pieces and crafting them into a whole. I can honestly say every book I write offers a... Continue Reading →
Today is the last day for the Scarred Beauty Cover Reveal Giveaway, hosted by the ever lovely, Prism Book Tours! I wanted to share Najla Qamber Design's Cover Art again because it's so lovely to look at! It's been wonderful seeing how many of you took part in this reveal & shared with your networks!... Continue Reading →
Howdy folks! Hope y'all are having a terrific Tuesday! I have some exciting news to share today. On June 23rd, Prism Book Tours is hosting a Cover Reveal for the sequel to Craving Beauty! Besides giving everyone the chance to marvel at Najla Qamber Designs gorgeous cover artistry, there will be a giveaway included. Specific... Continue Reading →