It’s IWSG time. The first Wednesday of every month writers galaxy-wide converge to chat about what ails them and to give encouragement. Hosted by Alex J. Cavanaugh, it’s never to late to JOIN. This month I’m helping to cohost with Karen Walker, and Melissa Maygrove
The roads in authordom and publishing are not straight. They have lots of curves, twists, and hills to navigate. It’s not easy, not easy at all.
None of us have the same road either. Embrace yours. It’s special.
We’ll all stumble onto pockets of ups at different times and in different quantities. It doesn’t make a writer better or worse than another. It’s just the nature of their road.
We all have our downs, too. Most definitely. Don’t forget them when you find yourself out of the ditch, and don’t forget those struggling.
This journey is a marathon, not a sprint. We must keep our eye on the long term. Hugh Howey didn’t hit it until book 9 or 10. I’ve heard of other writers not finding a good run until book 12 or later.
Write because you love it, not because you need validation, not because you need commercial success. Write for the love of creating story. The rest will come on its own timeline.
I was tagged by Tara Tyler to answer a few questions.
What are you working on right now? It’s crunch time for Beyond the Edge, Backworlds 4, so I’m revisioning all this month. If I find pockets of time, I’ll work on my other novel, which is along the lines of an epic fantasy.
What experiences have influenced you? Oregon influences me a lot. Pardeep Station is based on dusty Central Oregon. Television. It’s getting hard to watch, but there’s Netflix. As to writing, I’m influenced by literature, Thomas Hardy, Hermann Hesse, Vonnegut, Bradbury, Arthur C. Clarke, and more. But those are the biggest contributors to my style.
What is the hardest part about writing? All the curves in the road. Thank goodness for you guys.
What would you like to try as a writer that you haven’t yet? Literature. Seriously. And I probably will one day. There will probably still be elements of weird to it.
I tag Elizabeth Seckman, Susan Swiderski, Libby Heily, and Jay Noel.
Deadly Sins Series
Exclusively on Wattpad, three flash fictions, all inspired by one of the seven deadly sins.
Anger, if it’s intense enough, lasts forever.
Dr. Kantriss just can’t help herself. She always wants more, her desires pulsing through her veins as needy addictions.
Out in the cold voids of the galaxy, the last survivor fights to continue the human race.