Inspiration is a funny thing, as we all know in some form or fashion. I’m here at the Romance Novel Convention hosted by Jimmy Thomas and find myself benefitting, yet again, from the classes and speakers. Especially one Mark Coker (founder of Smashwords), who presented a talk yesterday (7/10/14) on Preorder Strategies. Because of that talk, and because of his offer to help us Indie Authors with our preorders, I am being able to make my as-of-yet-incomplete novel, Releasing Yesterday, available for preorder on Apple iBooks, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo.
It’s pretty exciting!
At present I am putting brainstorming possible incentives to get people to purchase the preorder; including coupon codes for free books, pricing discounts for those who preorder versus those who order my book after it goes live, and merchandise incentives. If you want to be a part of this as my “Street Team”, subscribe to this site to receive updates, and/or preorder my book, Releasing Yesterday, at the special preorder price. This price will go from $1.99 to $3.99 once the book goes live (likely a few days after the date of release).
Thank you for all your prayers, positive thoughts, and encouraging comments and emails. Let’s get this done!
I love Pinterest.
Because Pinterest holds a cavalcade of inspiration regardless of your genre of interest. If you want a writing prompt? You can find THOUSANDS. An inspirational quote to get you through a period of shadow? Yes, they have epic numbers of those too. Fashion? Food? Landscapes? Book covers? Yes, YES, YES and YES!!
But more than the visual and mental candy is the opportunity to network with others and find even more bits of awesome. Not only do you find inspiration for a character or a setting, but whatever you Pin can, ultimately, be found and inspire others.
By far the biggest reason for loving Pinterest–at least today–is the fact that this site helps me get excited for whatever writing project I am perusing images for. This mental and spiritual candy cajoles me into remembering why I am impassioned with writing the stories my characters are eager–and sometimes loathe–to tell.
And more than that? It helps me show the passion to others and introduce them to the stories that are such an intimate part of my soul.
Why do you love/hate Pinterest?
Why DON’T you Pinterest?
Why DO you Pinterest?
There are so many words, phrases, and concepts swirling around in my head that I’m having a bit of difficulty grasping onto a collection of coherent thoughts to put down here. There is the knowledge that I have been wanting to put something here for quite a few weeks only to have that inclination to do so pop like a detergent bubble.
A post about the contagions of excitement.
Or a post about the potency of a creative sigh before one takes another step forward.
Today is usually when I post the next installment of my fantasy adventure serial, The Soul Cycle: Para. It’s such a temptation to dive back in before I know for certain I’m ready to do so. It’s such a thin line, the renewal of a writer. Especially when it is drilled into us the importance of writing something every day.
Unfortunately, that can sometimes drain us of the motivation and inspiration that is so important to the passion of a writer. Obligation and guilt are potent poisons to our muses. Unless, of course, you are the style of writer where these are more of a motivator than a hindrance.
But I, for one, have never cared for the chill of “I write because I can,” or “I write because I should produce at least 500 words every day.”
I began writing because I couldn’t help myself.
There throbbed within my soul the pulse of dozens of characters. They had stories and life experiences aching to be exposed and experienced. To teach me who I was, who I could be, and what I had to offer the world. I didn’t take the time to care about what rules were followed where, or how to portray something correctly. I saw these characters and their lives in my mind’s eye as real as if they were a memory of an actual friend or family member. How could I not write about their agonies and joys?
This is how I wrote for almost twenty years. I suppose you could say I wrote with reckless abandon. With passion. With a certainty in the importance of what my characters had to say. That they had a right to be written.
Then I read a how-to writing book that told me I went about it all wrong. But how can I be doing it wrong when the most basic rule of being a writer is TO WRITE? When I am so obsessed with following the rules and outlines and “do”s and “don’t”s that I can no longer produce, isn’t THAT going about it all wrong?
If I sing a song with pretty words and pretty sounds but no passion, there is no interest, yes?
If I paint a picture with correct lines and shades and shadows but with no passion, there is no depth, yes?
So that is why I now trek this uphill battle to once again find my way to my characters. Somewhere along the way I began speaking a different language and missed a turn because I couldn’t understand what a sign said. Balance. Understanding. Knowing when to push and when to simply sit there and listen…. But at present I’m trying to re-learn how to allow myself to be still. To not allow distraction from the challenge of re-discovering my place simply because it’s uncomfortable, this silence. This stillness.
But the silence is not always scary. It is not always wrong. Sitting in silence is the only way to hear the whisper.
Today is the first day after my decision to lift the deadline from my publishing projects and take a break from writing, characters, obligations, dates, and everything else. Today is the first day of my creative and spiritual renewal.
Today is also the first time [in a while] I’ve felt my brain begin to scramble for anything to write about. This is a good sign of the end result of my “forced” (voluntary?) hiatus.
Yesterday afternoon I dedicated my brain to the task of not thinking about my characters–hopefully they are understanding of what could be inferred as the “cold shoulder”. Instead, I prayed about them. About their stories. About the direction their lives would take. I also offered the characters and their stories fully over to my Muse, meaning that I handed the reigns over to the Lord.
He has always been the leader in my creative team–my inspiration since I can remember–and He has never let me down. This hiatus will be key in getting that priority hierarchy back to where it needs to be so I can, once again, enjoy the adventurous struggle of writing about these life-like characters who are constantly with me.
What do you do when you need/take a break?
For several weeks I’ve been agonizing over version 3 of my Victorian romance, Releasing Yesterday, the sequel to Searching for Sara. A great idea for the storyline hit me upside the head, one which I thought would be better for the flow of the story. So, like a good little girl, I began attempting to reorganize the story, rewrite, and polish.
Unfortunately, the project moved forward about as good as a car with the emergency brake still on.
Today, while staring at the manuscript and attempting yet again to push the thing forward, I decided to just let it go. That’s right, I gave up and shifted back to version 2. The relief to my brain, my spirit, and my muse is incredible. It is as if the storyline is in perspective now, and concepts for mild reorganizations of scenes is as smooth as silk.
All this time I wasted trying to fit a square peg into a round hole and all I had to do was listen to my characters…. Oh well. It’s over. It’s done (not the manuscript, yet). I’m ready to move on.