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Young Adult Dark Urban Fantasy Author ~

What I Know

I know that writing a good novel, one that is worth reading, can’t be rushed. That sometimes it can take years…and that’s ok. (*sigh*)

I know that the social media surrounding this industry is not what it used to be. And that for a lot of writers, who would rather just write and let the rest fall where it may, it can be difficult to see through the haze.

I know that in spite of that haze, we (I) need to find a comfortable space somewhere within the madness of the social aspect to succeed.

 I know that some days I can’t get my head out of the clouds to save my life and that focus can be a four letter word if you spin it just right.

I know that I LOVE my novel and that I love to write. And those two things should be enough drive to keep me moving forward. (But some days they’re not.)

I know that running will clear my head and help me organize the cluster of randomness that my thoughts often become.

I know that I am following, listening to, and taking advice from, some of the best writers in this industry (published or not). And this only makes me a better writer.

And I know at the end of the day, I need to relax about all of it because I will succeed.

If in doubt from time to time, I highly recommend these writers and their blogs:

Kristen Lamb’s Blog

Lisa Kilian’s Blog

Nathan Bransford’s Blog

Bob Mayer’s Blog

Good day:)

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8 responses

  1. Very nicely said! My writer friends and I have talked a lot about what it means to succeed–and strangely our personal goals dovetailed with one another’s. For us (and here I’m referring to a conversation with four or five people) we agreed it was enough to write great scenes (or poems or whatever) and be able to share our work and discuss it with each other. Of course we all admitted we’d like to be published, but having an engaging conversation about our work seemed to be as validating as that. Or almost…

    May 11, 2011 at 10:17 am

    • Indeed. For me half the battle is having these self confirming conversations. Certainly keeps you feeling like you aren’t barking up some random tree to no where all alone:) But in the end, we all hope, even if it’s secretly, to have that shiny book. (or shiny e-book:)) Thanks for stopping in!

      May 11, 2011 at 10:57 am

      • Very true! Yes, this wouldn’t have been an affirming moment at all if it were me in a room by myself, rather than a gathering of writerly women in a cabin in the woods.

        May 12, 2011 at 10:40 am

  2. Brett James Irvine

    Nice post. Agreed – you will succeed in the end, if you work at it. The key to being a writer? Write!

    May 11, 2011 at 10:18 am

    • The biggest key of all. And sometimes…the hardest. Thanks for commenting:)

      May 11, 2011 at 10:58 am

  3. Good post. Do the work and let the chips fall where they may. 🙂

    May 11, 2011 at 11:11 am

    • Thanks. I will and so will they:)

      May 11, 2011 at 11:47 am

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