Stop the Excuses

Even if you only write a paragraph in a day, or a sentence, you still wrote something. Those paragraphs and sentences add up. If you keep at it then eventually it becomes something real. Something that’s alive! It’s the writer’s persistence that makes a writer. Without it, nothing would ever get finished. For a writer, it’s our passion for the story that keeps us going, even when we’ve written ourselves into a corner. We want to see it through to the end. Sometimes, the story even surprises us.

The thing that bothers us the most is when people say “Oh, I can write a book” as if it were an easy thing. When people say this, we ask them “Well, why don’t you then?” And this is where all the excuses start piling up. I’m too busy. I don’t have enough time. I would if I could only find the time. I just haven’t gotten around to it.

The thing is, writer’s make the time. We give up something in order to have “time” to write.

For us, we give up time from our social life and sometimes our reading life (it depends how deeply involved we’ve become in the current project). Writing is more important to us. Few understand this. Other writers do, but non-writers don’t understand why we would give up on social events. We’re not saying we don’t go out and do anything, but we go out a lot less than other people. We value the time we do have for writing and we often make the time to do it. Life is hectic I understand that. We’ve even asked a few people what they do in the evening. When they say what it is, we ask them why they don’t cut into that time a bit for writing. And then more excuses pile on. We’ve come to the realization, it’s because they don’t really want to write. That’s okay. Just admit it. That’s all us writer’s ask for. Just admit that you don’t really want to write a novel. The fact is not everyone can do it. That’s okay. We’re not all born the same. If we were imagine how boring that world would be!

If you don’t want to sacrifice things from your life in order to “find” the time to write then you’re not really a writer. You’re a person who dreams about writing. So write! Even if all you can do that day is a sentence or two. It adds up over time and helps you define yourself as a writer.

Words are Powerful

We all know that words are powerful. They can create or destroy. Cause hope or crush dreams. Heal or harm. Words, even mean ones, can motivate someone into doing better, pushing themselves into what they’ve always wanted. Sometimes, words can even mend a broken heart.

When we turn these powers into our writing, we create worlds and tangible characters. We create places the mind can see and dream about. Authors are lucky, whether they’re published or not, indie or traditional. Authors have this ability to turn these powerful words into something special. Something that when the reader reads it, they take something away from the book with them. I’ve even taken away special means from books that weren’t written or edited all that well. The point is, authors use words to create something only they can see in an attempt to share it with others.

We, Jeff and Jess, are a bit reclusive. We admit that freely, but by sharing our work with others, we allow strangers to see into us, even if it’s just a little bit. We connect with others through our writing whether we want to or not. Through words we have created multiple worlds and so many characters, each with a little part of ourselves in them. Even the darker characters have a little bit of the author in them, after all we did think of them and flush them out until they were “alive”. It’s a little unsettling sometimes to know what our minds are capable of. Of what our thoughts and imagination leads to.

With these wonderful things we call words, we get to share these creations with the world (or at least anyone willing to spend a dollar or two to read them when they aren’t free).

Words are powerful tools indeed. It’s one of the reasons, we try to bring kindness with us when we do get social enough to go out into the real world. It’s as simple as carrying on a small conversation with the person ahead of you in line, or telling someone something you like about them.

Inspiration Hit Today

An unexpected bout of inspiration hit me today and I went with it…

As I was editing Hartland Book 4 and trying my hardest to think of an appropriate title, a brilliant idea for a new book popped into my head with its Title. Funny, how that works, isn’t it?

Anyway, I am about 1500 words into the new WIP. I just couldn’t stop writing to go back and edit Hartland. I will edit a little later tonight after I’ve gotten what I want to get written down. I love when inspiration hits like this! I have to go with it, especially since the last couple of days, I’ve had to force myself to do any kind of writing. Not sure what that was about.

Have a great day and a fabulous weekend that is fast approaching. Also, The Trilogy of the Wolf is free starting tomorrow and ending sometime on Sunday. You can find our books under “Links to Our Books” on the home page if you’re interested.

Writer’s Block and Road Blocks

From what I’ve read writers deal with writer’s block in different ways. Some go running or jogging. Some set down their work and pick up something else and then come back to it later. Some power through it, knowing that they can fix it later if they need to. The list can go on for ever, as there are an infinite number of things people can use to motivate themselves or to find their muse.

My wife is one of the lucky ones who doesn’t get writer’s block. Because of this she writes significantly more than I do. I, on the other hand, have been known to suffer from writer’s block quite frequently. The best thing I’ve found for myself is to just give it time. I spend most of my time while blocked thinking about how to unblock. Most often, after I give myself a few days to think about the spot in the story that I’m stuck on, I’ll come up with something and push ahead.

The main thing to remember is to not get discouraged. I had this happen to me once. I’d been working on a Sci-Fi/SuperHero type story for about a year. I came to a point and got stuck. After giving the time I usually did, I became discouraged because I couldn’t unblock. I began to think that the story was crap and that was the reason I was having trouble with it. Long story short, I still haven’t done anything with that story and it’s been almost ten years since I put it down.

I have to remind myself not to become discouraged now as well, but not about writer’s block. I’ve found myself stuck on Book Two a few times, but never for more than one day. What I try to not get discouraged about is the Book Bloggers who don’t have any way to contact on their blog. I’m trying to reach out to these people to help market Full Moon Rising. But today, I visited 18 Blogs by people who do book reviews, but most of them didn’t have any contact info and the others only wanted romance novels, which Full Moon Rising is not.

But, I just have to remind myself that we all have to pay our dues. Everything worth doing takes time and effort and as long as we don’t give up, we will succeed. Not finding anyone to review the book will not be an insurmountable road block.