Diving In

This week I self published my first book. This  was not something I took lightly and took me years to come to this. I finally came to a point I either needed to dive in or swim away. Even after my book was edited and the cover was made, I sat on this project for a few months.

I’ve tried going the traditional route to get published, and I still will. I have enough rejections to fill my bedroom to the ceiling. Don’t get me wrong, rejection sucks but it’s part of the process. I have gotten some feedback on my rejections which is helpful. It’s better than getting no response at all. Taking criticism is part of becoming a better writer.

I went into this journey as a learning one, and I hope to grow from it. Self publishing is not easy. There are very few that become an overnight success, and I’ve gone into this knowing I will get nothing back in return. I’ve had fun and am viewing it as working towards a goal.

It is nice to have a finished work under my belt. I have a few other projects I’m working on and hope to submit to some publishers soon. Is anyone else going through the same process? Tell me your experience with self publishing or going the traditional route.

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Life Changes

It’s crazy how many things happen within a few months. I haven’t posted in quite a while and that’s because there’s been changes in my life.

In April, I left to New Orleans on vacation and came back engaged! It was a surprise and the past few months have been very busy with wedding planning and work. I now have a few of the important planning details taken care of, so I feel like there is a resting period. I’ve always been told planning a wedding takes a lot of time but never realized it until now.

Aside from that, there has been some writer’s block, which I have been trying to get over and finding motivation to write. I have a lot of material but am not sure what to do with it at this point.

All other excused aside, tonight I will sit down, butt in chair and write for the first time in months. Wish me luck!

 

My Quota

Pick up a book on becoming a writer and somewhere tossed in there is having a quota. This ranges from 1000-2000 words a day. If you can write more that’s better.

I have a quota but it’s not strict. I write more on my days off work and sometimes I don’t write at all. It also depends on what project I’m doing.

Editing may not add any word count to your project, so do you consider it a quota? I do. Most writers hate the editing process. It’s the least amount of fun. We want to create, not line edit and find all the flaws in our work.

I have a quota system with editing. I’ll edit 500 to 1000 words at a time. This ensures I get a small break in between and don’t get burnt out. I’ll edit and then work on something else so that I’m still writing and creating something new. This doesn’t happen everyday, but I do my best.

During the holidays I took a break and wrote little. Now I’m back in full swing. My goal is to get something out there in 2017. Not sure if I’m going to self publish or keep going the publisher route. It’s all a learning process, the hardest part for me is to not rush it. The need for good stories will always be there. At this point I need to make sure it’s the best it can be.

In the meantime, let’s hope I can hit my quota. How is everyone else’s writing going?

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My 2016

I know what we’re all thinking, the year is almost over. 2016 was a decent year for me but I still have a lot to accomplish in 2017. To reflect, I thought to post some things I did achieve this year.

Started my blog.

I started blogging in August and have been able to connect with some of my favorite authors and talk to others. It’s nice to read about others in the same boat as me. I really do appreciate all the support I’ve received and it doesn’t go unnoticed.

I turned 30.

One of my first posts was Crap I’m 30, which was more of me poking fun at myself. 30 isn’t so bad, I just want to take time to enjoy life. I need to quit stressing about petty things I can’t control. My 30th birthday was awesome.

I got closer to being published.

I actually received good feedback from a short story I submitted. It didn’t get picked to be published, but it’s the farthest I’ve ever gone so for that, I’m proud.

Future Goals

I have a lot more to achieve in 2017 but I’m glad to get this far. It’s a battle each day to keep going, when my inner voice tells me to stop writing and focus on other things. I can’t let that happen. I have several projects in the works. I just need to tighten up my writing and get working with an editor.

Thank you again for all the feedback and comments. I hope for more to come in 2017.

 

 

 

 

My Dream Writing Space

My writing space isn’t much. The chair is uncomfortable to sit in after a while. My shoulders cramp up and I usually have to yell at the cat for jumping on the counter. There’s distractions, but I’ve accomplished a lot from sitting in that chair. I’ve written a few books, novellas and several short stories in that spot.

I hope to move houses in a few years, and it will be interesting to see what my new writing space is like. It’d be nice to have my own office, but won’t push my luck. I’m a person who tries to live within my means and don’t like buying a lot of stuff.

My writing spot may not be much now, but a lot has happened. I’ve bleed on that keyboard and written stories that bring me joy, and sometimes scare the crap out of me.

For know I’ll plug away while sitting at that counter. Maybe it’ll change, maybe it won’t but I can still think about that dream writing space.

If only I could have a small cabin in the middle of the woods. My writing space would have an awesome view and I’d have a comfy chair to recline in. This is where I’d drink coffee and write all day before retreating to bed. Ha-ha, I can dream right?

What’s your dream writing space?

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It’s not much, but gets the job done.

 

I’m a Nobody in the Writing World

Well, maybe I’m not a nobody, sometimes it feels that way. I don’t have one single work published as of now. So how do I keep my spirits high when trying to achieve a goal? Am I really a writer? Hell yes I am.

Here is what has helped me change that mindset.

I write everyday

Simple right? Not really. It takes time to sit down, open the computer and write a short story or novel. It takes more dedication than I ever thought.

I don’t just write, I read a lot

As Stephen King said, “If you want to be a writer you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.”

I read while waiting to clock in at work or before bedtime. I read when a writing break is needed. It really does improve your vocabulary.

I treat it like a job

I carve out time everyday to get words on paper. It may seem silly, but it helps. Do I need to work on my novel before work? Or will I do it when I get home?

I’ve learned not to compare myself to others

Being a writer is tough. It’s faced with rejection and the fear of never being good enough. Being intimidated and jealousy won’t get you anywhere. Trust me, I know.

I hope this post helps anyone else out there dealing with rejection or not having good luck with writing. You’re not alone and everyone starts somewhere. I have bad writing days every week, but I’m learning to deal and grow from it. If you stop or give up, that’s the quickest way not to be a writer. Keep your head up and write on.

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When a Short Story Becomes a Novel

By the title of this post, bet you can guess what it’s about. That’s right, one of my short stories is now going to be a novel. One of my short stories called It Watches got me thinking, what would happen if this went on? It’s all because one of my co-workers said he liked my short stories, but wanted to know more. He’s not a fan of cliff hangers.

I get that. There are certain cliff hangers that I hate.

The idea to adding more has been stewing for some time. I’ve jotted down a few ideas and figured there was enough to start a draft. So last week I started making it a novel and already have 7000 words to it, that’s much longer than the original story which was 50 words. So far it’s a fun write, let’s hope I can keep the ideas going.

I’ve mentioned that I enjoy writing short stories because they take less time and can improve your writing. I’m also going to use them as a gateway to more ideas.

I now have a Facebook Page. If you’d like to give it a like, I’ll buy you a drink someday. Joanna’s Story Facebook Page

Thanks to everyone for the support. I do appreciate the comments and feedback.

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