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I Am A Writer!

I’ve been struggling with my roles in life since Christmastime.  When I first started this whole indie publishing journey, I thought my goals were very clear cut.  Write, publish, and hope that some readers would love my stuff (yes, ‘stuff’ is a weak weasel word, but when those moments of rebellion hit, you just kind of have to go with the flow).

It hit me in December that, for all intents and purposes, I’d ceased to be a writer.  Yes, it’s true.  But I just released Enza,  you might argue.  I did, didn’t I?  But Enza was seventy-five percent written four years ago.  All I did was finish it.  Finally.

The rest of my time I’ve spent blogging…and visiting blogs, marketing…and learning about marketing.  And while none of those activities are bad, I’ve been neglecting my first love.  Almost entirely.

I have two partially finished manuscripts, a third book I need to finish around the first of the year, a sequel to write…and a list of close to thirty other stories I’ve plotted out to some degree…all waiting for me to remember that I am a writer.  Waiting for me to give them some of my limited time.

So that’s exactly what I’m going to start doing.  I won’t give up the other things, but I am going to devote less time to them.  I love blogging, but will be cutting down to twice a week (most weeks).  It may get to the point where I cut back to once weekly.  I’m not sure yet.  I love visiting other blogs…and will continue to do that, too.  Everything else will be on an ‘as there is time for it’ basis.

I am a writer!

Therefore I will….write.  I will begin breathing life into the people and worlds that only exist in my head right now.  Thanks to Jeff Goins for reminding me of what it is I do.

I do not read Stephen King…he scares the heck out of me.  But there’s no denying that he’s a talented writer…and full of great writing advice.  But you wouldn’t know who Stephen King is had he spent all of his time marketing Carrie.

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This Has Been An Exciting Week!

Day 5 on the blog tour…  Stop by and see what Paula has to say about Enza at The Phantom Paragrapher.

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Eight more days left and so far I couldn’t be more pleased.  There have been moments when I’ve felt like I was sweating bullets waiting to see what the reviewers would have to say, but the responses have been terrific.

Even if they had turned out to be dismal, though, it wouldn’t have mattered.  Well it kind of would…but not as much as you might think.

Writing Enza was a labor of love for me.  Dumb as it may sound, I’m not even sure I had a choice in writing it.  It almost feels like it chose me.  Yeah, that’s weird.  It’s also true because I’ve never had another story grab me like this one did.  And it wouldn’t let go.

Kind of like Rose tells Jack in Titanic…

In looking through videos, I found this alternate ending.

I hadn’t known another ending had been filmed.  And this is one I think most of us would have preferred.  But I guess the writers decided that, realistically, a guy who had been in water that cold…for that long…probably wouldn’t have survived.  The final scenes wouldn’t have had as much impact either.

That was actually a conundrum I faced while writing the final chapters of Enza.  Did I want to continue the story as realistically as possible?  Or did I want to bring it to an end readers would enjoy more?

Marcy Kennedy addressed this exact thing in her blog on Wednesday, when she reviewed Jeff Goins soon-to-be- released book; You Are a Writer (So Start Acting Like One).  In a nutshell, we need to be true to ourselves and write the stories we want to write.  We can’t write to please other people because then we’re conforming.  We’re not letting our voices be heard.  Instead we’re trying to be an imitation of ourselves…and originals are always better.

And that’s exactly what I did.  What I always do with my books.  It’s definitely the right choice for me.

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