Welcome to June!
I stepped away from Journey Through Darkness, admittedly I have been procrastinating on updating the manuscript with all the edits from the reading party. I’m sure it will not take me as long as I envision in my head, and I know I’m standing in my own way right now, but I will get back to it soon. I’m nearing the end of this journey with book 2 and sometimes the hardest step to take is the final one. It’s an issue of worrying about perfection even though there’s no such thing.
I haven’t been able to write anything new since I’ve been fully engrossed in the Charity Graves series and I miss writing from scratch back before deadlines and figuring out more efficient ways to write became a thing. My process may not be the fastest or most efficient especially juggling a day job and a kid, but writing has always been fun to me. I don’t want to take away the happiness I feel when I’m alone with my thoughts scribbling vigorously on paper creating a concept into a story.
Working on Journey Through Darkness, every device I used, be it my iPad, my laptop, my phone, for whatever reason my changes were not being accepted or saved. This made writing frustrating. I felt like I was redoing my work two or three times. That’s a lot of time wasted on technical difficulties instead of plowing through storyline. For a while electronics just seemed to stop working around me. I needed a break from everything!
I sat down and went against the advice my husband gave me when he encouraged me to finish one project at a time, and started writing something else that had nothing to do with anything else I was writing. I got 4,000 words out that day. I was really enjoying the story, creating the characters, the world, and then I thought, should I be writing about this. I’m not staying on track. Of course it took one of my friends to tell me that you should be excited about what you write otherwise it’s gunna suck.
Dang, I’ve got some logical friends there huh? In my brain I said, it’s not one of the stories I have planned, it’s not in my current series or the next series, this one just came out of nowhere.
I felt like a complete rebel, but I was enjoying myself. Apparently when I create bad guys I get mad because they are jerks and my friends laugh at me because I’m surprised at how mean I made them when I’ve read this stuff later.
I also get down on myself, I’m really hard on myself, I’m working on this, so when I read about my author friends busting out word counts in a day that are like half the length of my book I think that’s what I should be doing. I forget that writing isn’t my only job, it’s not even my main job, it’s my dream job. I can’t compare to my friends that do this full time, or Steven King, Laurel K. Hamilton, J.K.Rowling or Brandon Sanderson.
I know you’re all anxiously awaiting Journey Through Darkness, I can’t wait to see it in print myself. I think it’s going to be even better than the first book. The third book is a headache waiting to happen, but I think it’s complexity will make it awesome too.
I love writing and coming up with new ideas. I just wish there was a way for me to write everything down faster, or download it from my brain somehow!
I need to get back to basics and remember why I started writing in the first place. Because it’s something I love.
Have a great weekend! Thanks for your support.