We've all made them. I've made them, JK Rowling made them, Stephanie Meyer made them and chances are if you are a writer you have made them too, or you are going to make them. And this is okay. One thing I've learned on this writing journey is that it is okay to make mistakes - as long as you recognise them as mistakes.
Here are some of the mistakes aspiring writers commonly make.
1. Looking for an agent or a publisher before completing (and by completing I mean polishing, editing, setting aside, editing again and then once more for good measure) a project. I didn't actually do this one - I finished my first writing project and then google searched 'how to get published' before I started contacting agents and publishers. And my work wasn't published, or particularly good, hence my inbox was soon swamped with rejections which yours will be too if you don't finish the project first!
2. Waiting for inspiration to hit. The thing about inspiration is that you really have no control over it and it strikes in the most inoppotune moments. Like at 2am, or when you are in the shower, to at school pick up time or in the middle of grocery shopping. In those instances make a quick note to remind yourself later and move on with whatever you were doing (or those moms in the car pool line will honk at you). But as a writer you have to write - set aside regular time, write whenever you aren't 'feeling it' and just keep writing. Worse case scenario is what you write isn't very good and gets deleted but you might also surprise yourself. And waiting for inspiration can be like waiting for a lotto win...it might come or it might not and in the meantime your writing career is passing you by.
3.Trying to write something different. I've struggled with this one. I tried to write high concept ideas that no one else had thought of when what I really wanted to write about was rock bands and first love. But there are so many rock band novels, there are so many first love tales that I didn't think there was room for mine. Trust me. There is always room for more in every genre and if you write well, write what you love to read, then it will work out.
4. Deciding not to read in your genre because you don't want to accidentally plagiarise. Read. Read. Read. Whenever I am stuck I take a few days, maybe a week or even two, and read widely within my genre. Not only am I doing something I love, reading some great stories but I find my muse returns and I am back over that writers block. And funnily enough I don't actually use the plots, the characters or other elements from any one novel in my own work - it inspires my own ideas. So read. And read widely.
5. Not setting aside specific times to write. I still struggle with this. Sometimes I will write for ten hours straight (hello 20,000 words) and othertimes I will squeeze out half an hour. I am trying to find a regular schedule to write within but at the moment, for my lifestyle and with my family and work commitments it doesn't quite work. I take it on a day by day basis.
Hopefully these help! I found just reflecting back over these 'mistakes' helpful and am going to pull out my diary and schedule writing time. Right now.
bye for now,
Wow! I am blown away by the reception I have received from the Evernight Authors Community.
Back in December I finished writing my new adult contemporary romance novel. It was a lot of fun and something that was completely indulgent for me - the characters, the setting, the musical background and the hot steamy love scenes. I loved it, but would other people love it? There was only one way to find out and that was by getting it into the hands of readers.
Within two weeks of submitting to Evernight I had an offer of publication! Yay! Whoop Whoop! Champagne drinking time. I tend to celebrate not the actual fact it will be published but the fact that someone else likes my story as much as I do. That to me is success right there #bigthumbsup
Trinity is the first book in the planned Moonstone Series. Drummer Girl is finished and I will be submitting that soon to Evernight (as soon as I complete the dreaded editing process which is decidedly not fun), followed by another angst ridden love story centering around Gwen. Trinity is scheduled to be published sometime in April - I will definitely share more information on dates when I know more.
But back to the reason for my blog post. Yesterday I received an email from the Marketing Manager welcoming me to Evernight, complete with invitations to join authors forums and tips on marketing. Trinity is not my first novel, I wrote a young adult romance that was published two years go and joining author supports groups is one aspect of being a writer that I just love. The friendliness and support from other authors is second to none. The welcome I have received from the Evernight authors has been awesome and I am so excited to get to know them a little more and reading more of their steamy romances!
Writing would have to be one of the most isolating professions but it is also one of the most supportive in terms of relationships with other writers. We are all in this together, for the love of the craft, the stories we right, our readers and each other.
Yay! So happy to be an Evernight Author.
bye for now
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