Finding Time to Write – An Author’s Confession

     It seems like there is a bunch of craziness flying around in our every day lives. I hardly have time to put makeup on in the morning let alone carve out time for myself. But, as a writer, there is one problem when you don’t find the time to write. You literally start to feel your head hurt from all the ideas in your head.

     I went a month without writing because I started a teaching credential and there just wasn’t much time for anything else. But then the ideas for my current novel just kept replaying and building up until I literally couldn’t sleep well at night. I knew what would cure me, but I wanted to get as much school work done as possible. Writing wasn’t paying the bills like I wanted so it must not be that important.

     I am here to say that it’s vital for an author to live by setting time aside to write. If I don’t write, I start getting a little cranky since I have characters and voices in my head trying to get out, but I won’t let them. So the best thing for me is to sit down and write something even if it only five minutes a day. Not only is this a good habit to actually finish books, but it’s a good time to spend on you.

     If you are anything like me, your books go along with how your life is going, and, if you don’t let those thoughts and passions out, they will just eat you up. What do I mean? Say something bad happens to you and your character is supposed to have something happen to them that might not be in their favor. I find that having my characters go through things similar to me helps me process the world around me. So if I don’t sit down and process the bad things that happen to me, they just build and build until I explode. That is not helpful to anyone around me or myself.

     But, if I take the time to write, that happens a lot less often. So I would encourage all my writing buddies out there to put writing as a true priority when life gets busy. Because it is the way our minds work, and we we need to keep our minds sharp for all the dangers we must dodge as we trudge our way through this adventure and life as we know it. Only until we reach the diamond of success with the sword of determination will we know the victory over the our evil adversary – the schedule.

     Sorry. I just had to add some of my own flare in there.

      What will you write today?

Why I Like to Write

   People ask me all the time why I think writing is fun. What isn’t fun about it? You get to the be the boss! You kind of get to play God with these characters you create in your head and the lives you give them. Reading a writer’s work will actually give you an idea into their soul.

   I know some my stuff from my teen years will never see the light of day again, but it is an insight to see how I saw the world back then. I can see how I felt about love, authority, respect, good vs. evil and many other things. Now somethings haven’t changed and I still write those things in, but many things have changed as I have gotten older and have more of an understanding of how the world works.

   But right now I will admit that the main reason I write is to escape. I want to go to a place that I have in my head and put it on paper to be able to go back to again and again. Or I escape in a way that I want to get the thoughts out and never see them again. I write them down and throw them in the trash. This practice was really easy when I was a kid, but I have noticed the older I get the more tempting it is to pull those thoughts out and look at them again. Why? I have no idea because they are not good for anyone read. So I crumple them back up. Of course now I have a shredder and it has made that problem easier to avoid since I am too lazy to search through the pieces of paper and tape them back together. I would rather just forget them.

   But it’s not all bad like I said before. Writing helps with creativity, problem solving and writing very soppy “forgive me” notes. All in all, I just love writing and take real joy in it. It is really cool to watch a blank page become this world that was only in your head. You get to share a little bit of your self with every word you write. So give it a try. Write something today and see where it takes you.

   Where did it take me? Check out my author page! Have a great day!

What Bloggers Should Mention About Etsy

If you are like me, you want to find a way to earn some extra cash. Being a stay at home mom (SAHM) can be tricky when it comes to making money since you are probably a SAHM because you don’t want to pay for child care. There are all sorts of Pinterest post about side hustling and the biggest one they push is Etsy.

Now, I had a shop and I love making and creating but when it comes to needing to make some money it’s not always the best answer. Here are three reasons why.

 You need money to get started

This was something at first wasn’t a huge deal until I tried to branch out and add things to my shop to keep up with the trends. So if you are short on cash, you might not want to do Etsy unless you have a stock pile of stuff somewhere. And even though you have spent all this money, you have no idea how long (if ever) it will take to make it back.

You need time

 Now if you happen to have a crap ton of products in your closet or something then you might not have this issue. But I realized that there was an issue here. The majority of my products were crocheted and it takes me 6 hours to make a simple baby blanket. It costs me $15 in supplies and I charge $30 for it. So in total, I make $2.50/hour. Can you see where it is a little tough at times? I mean I love crocheting so I didn’t mind except when I didn’t get any orders and that leads to the last point.

It takes a lot of time promoting the shop

And I mean A LOT of time. You have to do Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter to get the word out for free and then Etsy promotion that you can pay for. But then again, if you want promotion on the social sites then you have to pay for those too which means more money that you probably don’t have. And you have to post all the time to make sure you are getting full exposure so it was a full time job to just get the exposure out and even then I wasn’t getting the buyers. So if you have a full time job, it would rather tricky to do all the posting.

Now I don’t want you to think that I hate Etsy or anything because I don’t. I love my shop but I just had a tough time keeping up with the already established shops. And I didn’t have the time with raising my daughter and life to do it “right”.

So, before you open a shop, I would suggest you to really think about if you have the time to do the shop for the little reward you probably will get. I would suggest you go and do craft fairs instead. I know they only really come around during Christmas time but the buyers are there I you will have better luck.

Happy crafting! 🙂

Want a Book Review?

I am now offering a service where you can request me to read a book you wrote and then leave an honest review on Amazon. I give fully HONEST reviews. If I didn’t like the book then you will know or you will know if I loved it. the plus side is that I don’t give anything under 3 stars because there is so much effort that goes into a book. Trust me, I know. So take a look at my guidelines and I look forward to reading your book.

How it works: With the form below, fill out your information and put the Book’s Amazon URL in the comment section, and submit the form requesting a review. I will then email you a link to pay for the review. I will then go and buy your ebook to be a verified purchase on Amazon.

I will email you once I have received the book. Give me 6-8 weeks to get the review up on Amazon and then I will contact you to see you would like to have an author interview sheet sent to you.

If you prefer to email me your book, then feel free to email a .PDF version to gracelynswritingcorner@gmail.com.

What does it cost?: I request $35 per review. To cover my time and the cost of actually purchasing your ebook in support of your writing career.

What do you get in return?: A fully honest review on Amazon and my blog. I also give the option to have a free author interview after I finish reading and reviewing the book.

Genres I don’t accept: Horror, Murder, Suspense, Bondage/S&M, and would prefer limited cussing. Otherwise, the genre is at my discretion.

Are you ready to be reviewed? Fill out the form and I will get to reading your master piece.

Do I Really Need Facebook?

Checking your Facebook every fifteen minutes? Feel like you never put your phone down? Yeah, that was me. I was realizing that I was on my phone all the time when I wasn’t taking care of my daughter. It was rather pathetic. Not only that but I was also getting angry at all the political stuff going on in America before and after the election. I’ll jut say that I am not a part of the protesting group so I get pretty annoyed. So I decided that I was going take a break from social media apps and see how it will affect my life. That means I only can be on Facebook when I am on a computer.

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I have done it for one day and I can say that it has already enhanced my life. My daughter is happier already because  I am not on my phone and we actually watched a whole movie together. My husband likes it since I wasn’t all pissed off yesterday at things that I really can’t change. And I was happier since my family was happy.

Is social media really enhancing your life or just adding stress to it? Why don’t you join me and not be on it so much and see how our lives are better for everyone. I’ll keep you updated on how it’s going for me 🙂

My Song For 2016

This song is my song for the year. It has helped me get up when I just wanted to lie down and give up, it has been a reminder that God is with me no matter how I might feel in that moment, and it has shown me that I can’t change anything. The only thing I can really do in this life is to look up and keep going forward. I think the song tells the rest of this perfectly and better than I could. Enjoy 🙂

 

(I am not being paid to post this video)

Is It Christmas Yet?

Ok, I haven’t done an Etsy post in a while and I know that Thanksgiving is tomorrow but I know we are all really thinking about Christmas. I know I am. I actually have almost all my shopping dine but I am really strange and start in August. So all of you how are not like me, I thought I would show you a few things that might get you into the holiday spirit from my Etsy Shop.

This one I want to show you is BRAND NEW to my shop (like seriously five minutes ago).

Owl Christmas Stocking

Isn’t it cute? I love the owl’s little flower eyes.

That is just a taste. I have so many other things in my Etsy Shop that I just love. If you love My Little Pony, Yoda, Sharks, and rugs, I have things for you. And I look forward to adding for items for next year. My shop maybe be small compared to others, but I can guarantee happiness and quality with every product I make. And I enjoy doing it. So why not make some holiday cheer and order from an Etsy shop owner today!

Why Amazon? Why?

So I just took a look at my book on Amazon and it appears that they have deleted one of my 5 star reviews. Not sure why since it was a review I paid for and it was a verified read review. Needless to say that I am not very happy. So I paid for the review, but the reviewer read my book and said in the small print that they were true opinions and not just a review mill. I guess I am hoping that it was Amazon that deleted because, if the reviewer did, I am going to be pissed.

But I guess it’s time to just pull up my boot straps and try to get better reviews. Not sure what else to do to encourage those have read my book. I’ll just be patient, keep tweeting and blogging, and hope things turns around.

Am I a Good Example?

So Emma and I have had an interesting week. She is an awesome kid but some times she definitely gives me a run for my money. I noticed lately the thing that I am saying to her the most is “you need to be thankful for what you have” and today I had the Holy Spirit hit me with a soul crusher. Let me explain.

We have been having to do some outdoor renovations on our new house and it has been a project that is taking longer than expected. Now we have to paint the whole house and will eventually have to reside the house. Only I have so many projects that would cost half as much as the outdoor projects are costing inside the house and I would get to see them everyday. I have also been pushing my husband to start planning for these projects but he is so not in the remolding mood after all these outdoor projects. So here is where the sting from the Holy Spirit came in. After I told my daughter she had to be thankful for something I made for lunch and the Holy Spirit asked me if I was thankful for what I have been given?

Talk about ouch. So am I good example for my daughter? Not recently. I have been looking at things that I want to see changed instead of being thankful for the things that been done to make the house better from the outside. Even though I want the things changed on the inside, I will have to stay patient. They will get done but, for now, it is the outside of the house that will be made better and I have to be thankful for that.

My Blog Got a Facelift!

So my little blog has been looking really sad. Not because of lack of readers but rather I have had no idea what I have been doing. I just set up my Word Press account and there you go. It wasn’t until I read the book Born to Blog that I realized how shoty my blog really looked. So I looked into the setting and gave it some color, fixed how my name looked, added another page, and made a few widgits. Wow does it look better! I still have a lot to learn with this whole blogging thing but I feel like I am moving along. Who knows? I might even upgrade to my own URL!…. Hmm…

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