Been a while since I blogged. Had a 2 week trip where I was focusing on getting phtos for the cover of Stile. Think I may have been successful but still "in the works".
In addition to that I am editing part 2 of Stile and working on getting Stile part 1 in print and promoted. With so many balls in the air I think I need to choose one task and complete! LOL. But sometimes I am in the mood to write, sometimes to edit and also sometimes I just want to read someone else's work. I am usually a well organzied person but this writing process has my mind working on overdrive...and I LOVE IT! Maybe my best course is to take it one day at a time.
I came across a Masterclass offered by James Patterson for writers online. I just started the first lesson...and it has helped already. He stated, "No embarassment, no heartbreak. Get past all that." Burning that into my brain right now. I struggled with having my work read by ANYONE. I was embarassed I was a romance writer! Even though I had put all that time and effort into writing not 1 but 2 books, even though writing those two books made me anticipate getting up at 4:30am every morning, even though those 2 books made me feel a constant underlying excitement...I was too embarassed because in the end I was afraid my friends and family would snicker that I was a romance author. My husband asked to read...absolutely not! My best friend who was begging me to read my novel...no way! Then one day, I had enough of trying to keep my excitement inside and said, "To hell with it!" With nervous fingers I sent them both a text with a link to my work. That's right...texts. I couldn't physically hand them a copy face to face because I was too embarassed. I didn't realize at that time that sending them that text made me stronger. I stood there fighting back the vomit after hitting send. That was less than a month ago. But now I am so glad I have moved past all that.
I now say with confidence, "I wrote a book. Yes, it is a romance based on my childhood fantasy and yes I wrote hot sex scenes. No, not Fifty Shades of Grey sex scenes, just what most sex between two people discovering themselves and growing up feel once they have found their person."
So yes, Mr. Patterson...No embarassment, no heartbreak. I am moving past it!
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