Don’t Let Negativity Ruin Creativity

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This goes with my previous post Being a Writer and a Perfectionist. While it’s hard to get reviews back, especially any that may have negative feedback (which is what can help us grow as authors if we take it in stride), it’s important to realize that not everything they say is necessarily correct. Write. Create. Live your dreams. Don’t ever give up.

Being a Writer and a Perfectionist

One of the most difficult things for me as a writer is my perfectionist side. It’s one of the reasons I edit and edit and edit, hoping to make it perfect. You would not believe how many times I’ll edit and rewrite a book until I deem it even remotely worthy of publishing. Even as I hit the publish button in the back of my mind, I’m screaming: “It’s not perfect! There’s bound to be mistakes in there! Don’t do it! Edit it one more time.”

Another thing I’ve struggled with about being a writer and a perfectionist is when I receive a review and if there’s something in there a single reader doesn’t like, I want to go back and rewrite the entire book to correct the non-perfectness of it. The feeling eventually passes. The reason I don’t go back and rewrite is because the rational part of my brain knows that not everyone will enjoy my writing or like my books. That part of me is okay with it. The perfectionist part makes excellent arguments though. Arguments I have to shove aside if I’m ever going to make progress in writing all the books my brain dreams up.

If there is just one thing I am proud of that my writing has done for me is it’s made me a little bit less of a perfectionist. It’s made me more willing to accept mistakes from myself and in others. Of course, there are so many other things writing has done for me, but I will always be thankful it has softened the edges around my perfectionism.

In addition, my wonderful and amazing husband has helped me deal with flaws as well. Making a mistake, or several, is not the end of the world. It is a valuable lesson.

Writing Update

Hartland, book 4, The False Gods, is finished. There is just one more quick edit and then it’s off to the beta readers. We’re so excited it’s finally finished! In fact, we’re so excited, we’ve already started on book 5. We’re about a 1000 words into it. More to come tonight!

Book 5, whatever the title may be, will probably be the last in the series, unless something unexpected happens. That is always a possibility with our writing. You just never know what kind of idea will snatch us away. It’s one of the many, many, many reasons we love to write.

Gotta get back to writing. Book 5 won’t write itself, but how cool would that be?

 

Weekend Reminiscing

My husband and I spent this weekend going through our story idea folders, and I mean folders. We have so many different ideas, in so many different genres. Some of the ideas were horrible and were re-purposed into other, more interesting stories. Some didn’t even seem like ideas and were just deleted. Then, there were some that made us giggle with the thought that we once thought these were good stories. The ideas were saved and tucked away for when we want to work on that particular story. I can honestly say our writing has had tremendous improvements. I can also say, there’s a lot of room for more improvement. We’re always learning something new. We’re always trying something new.

We really needed this kind of weekend. Both of us have been struggling with writing lately. We’ve been wondering if it’s worth continuing, as it is time consuming and sometimes frustrating. For the most part, we enjoy writing. We enjoy the world building. We enjoy the character development. And, as we talked about, in another post, we do enjoy the certain amount of control we have over things that happen. More importantly, we enjoy sharing these worlds and characters that float around inside of our heads with each other. We enjoy sharing them and developing these worlds together until it reflects both of us. So far, it hasn’t led into an argument, just discussions and more ideas that pop out, helping round out stories in areas that may be lacking. Basically, we enjoy that this is something we can share with one another.

What we don’t enjoy about writing is probably what most beginning authors don’t enjoy. It’s time consuming. Editing can be irritating and more time consuming then the actual writing of the book. Sometimes, the dream of living off our writing is just that; a dream. The market is flooded with millions of books and it can be difficult to be seen through all those books. Yet, we persist. Our dreams will never happen if we don’t at least try. We never thought to see any of our books sell or even see one of our novels in print. Yet, we have. We’ve even signed books for people. That’s an amazing and awkward feeling all at the same time.

Even if we never make it big, we can die happy knowing we tried and never gave up. It’s one of the many conversations we had this weekend. It’s one of the many things, my husband and I have in common. Perseverance.  It’s what’s gotten us to this point in our lives. It’s what will get us to the next. So, if you’re struggling with reasons why you should continue to write, just know, you aren’t alone. There are others out there who wonder if it’s worth it. I’m going to tell you right now that it is. It’s worth every single struggle you’ll face as an author, indie or no. It’s WORTH it. No questions. Keep struggling. Keep writing. Keep attempting to live your dreams. The only person in charge of seeing your dreams happen is you.

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.

All Over the Place Today

As I work on book 4 in the Hartland series, my thoughts about the story are all over the place. I keep coming up with ideas for future parts of the story, some of them aren’t even for this book. Although it’s slowing me down a bit to keep having to make notes, I’m thrilled my mind is looking ahead in the story. It means I won’t stagnate on it for a while, maybe never. There is something about this series and the different way it was written from other Works in Progress that keeps me moving forward. Don’t get me wrong because of the way I wrote it, giving pieces of the story through characters, it can be difficult to write. It is one of the things that excites me. The challenge.

I have been working on book 4 now for 5 days and am already 17k into it. The problem is the ending is only vague. I know generally how I want the book to end but that’s it. No big epiphany has come to me yet. Maybe when I’m further into it, the ending will start taking shape.

I have also come up with a few ideas for other new WIPs. Sigh… The writer’s life. I don’t think we’ll ever get through our to be written list, but it’s sure fun trying.