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?

To Contest or Not to Contest?

So Kindle is doing this writers contest right now and I am wondering if I should throw my hat in. It would be great if I won, but what are the odds? I have a book that would work, but it needs a lot of work. I have until November though so there is a chance that I could have it ready so what is holding me back?

It is because I am scared of not winning? That’s a normal response. Who likes rejection? Not me but that is the business of writing. you would think I would be a pro a accepting rejection.

Or what if I win, what then? It would be great but I would be handing my work to others and they might not take as good of care of it as me. I mean I have spent hours on this and the judges might spend a few minutes reading my work before they move onto the next. If I do win, did the judges really look at the work for what it is or not? I would hope so, but I don’t know. I mean to get a contract, that would be amazing and I would be in the real world of being an author and that is my dream.

What would you do? Would you submit something and hope for the best? Or would you not submit and just keep doing what you are doing? Some opinions would be good I think. Let me know in the comments below. 🙂

Read Potholes of Hope’s First Chapter!

Hello to all my awesome readers and supporters. Have you been on the fence about whether or not to give Potholes of Hope a try? Well now you can have a sneak peek with the whole first chapter! I know are going to love it so here is the link on Amazon so that you can keep reading it 🙂

Potholes of Hope Chapter Sneak Peek

Thanks for reading! 🙂

Potholes Of Hope Is Available For Preorder!!!

Hello everyone! I am so happy to announce that my book “Potholes of Hope is now available for preorder on Amazon! It has been a long five months since I had to pull it from the market but now it is ready go and looks better than ever! The cover is new and the book has had a total face lift inside. All those tricky logistics, fixed! 🙂

The only thing right now is that Amazon is still selling copies of the old edition. Please don’t be confused with the new one. The old edition isn’t bad but it isn’t as awesome as this new edition. This was the old edition:

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This is the new one that has had all the work done to it:

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Looks so much better right? I am super happy with the new cover. So I am not sure what Amazon is going to do with the new cover and the 5 left that they have of the old edition. I am hoping they will just disappear but I guess I will find out 🙂

So ahead and preorder “Potholes of Hope” today! The official release is Tuesday but you can be an early bird and get your copy at half price for $0.99! How awesome is that? A totally awesome and clean book for $0.99? I just know you are going to love going on this journey with Nora Clark as she goes through her life learning how to navigate the potholes that are put in front of her.

Happy reading!