Hi there, guys and dolls! Golly, a writer’s life (like all others) has many facets. There’s practicalities and logistics, taxes and finances and various other sundries I’d rather not deal with or think about. Lovely, well meaning but nosy people asking questions about quantifying your time, “So how many books are you selling, little lady?” and “How much do you make per hour doing this?” and the like can make you want to throw your precious martini right back in their faces as you smile and nod, all the while politely ignoring them and wanting to either give them a hotfoot or ask them when are they going to have that growth removed from between their shoulders.
Sometimes boiling down the details can be defeating and can kill creative projects. But realize you are already doing what you are doing, regardless of how it looks. Life has a funny way of working out when you don’t analyze it to death. So when it looks too much like everything you’ve left behind or walked away from, why don’t you dream a little dream with me?
My girls have some things in the works, waiting to hear word. They’ve got A NATE TO REMEMBER, book three in the Poppy Cove Mystery Series (following up STRANGLED BY SILK and DEATH OF A BEAUTY QUEEN), coming soon, as well as branching out to other personal appearances lining up. More in the series will be written, as well as a new series being plotted out, with connections to the Santa Lucians.
It all starts with a dream, a plan, thinking big, if you like. Yes, mundane and responsible tasks must be attended to, but all in the name of creating and living the dream. Sometimes we humans forget that, and get caught up in the details, living the paperwork and numbers first, clawing for more, and forgetting why we such things. Get them done on time, with accuracy and necessity, but no further focus. And get back to your dream.
Do think big, do write in your journal, laugh, write and talk it out, make notes, follow your inspiration and let it lead you. It may take time, it may not all come to full fruition, but it will help you achieve and create, opening up doors and windows that can remain shut in a closed and frightened mind. Life is lived in a series of focus and choices, and how do you want to do it? Where do you want your head and heart to dwell? Obsessing over numbers, shortcomings and insecurities, or do want to find ways to reach new readers, appreciating those who already support you and repeating your strengths of successes to new places of a wider audience?
Fussing and worrying takes up time, just like dreaming and planning. I know which I prefer and encourage.