The Struggle Is Real

Things have been crazy busy in my world, which is everything I ever hoped for – when it comes to my writing journey.

Losing Brave is set to release on January 30th. Annabelle Hooper and the Ghosts of Nantucket continues to do well. I’m co-writing my first non-fiction book with an extraordinary teen and it will be ready to query in the next month. I just finished the first draft of a brand new for-hire film script. I am contracted to write another and I have one that I’ve been playing around with for a while that’s tumbling around in my head and eventually gets a bit of work done on it.

Trust me – all of that is heaven for me! So encouraging, and it gets my creative juices flowing. But, just as in everything else, there are always road bumps and disappointments.

  • I’ve been working on a trilogy for going on five years. FIVE YEARS! I work on it here and there, and have completed the first two books but a recent conversation with an acquisitions editor has left me putting that one on the back burner. The genre isn’t selling right now, so publishers aren’t taking submissions from the genre. BUMMER! It’s difficult to put your heart and soul into something you truly believe in and realize that it won’t have a life – at least not any time soon.
  • My three indie-published books (Salvaged, Rise, Collision) have been pulled from the market due to the publishing company’s alleged fraud.
  • Two film scripts that I rewrote (for-hire) are sitting on the shelf. Great projects, but the film industry is a tough one.
  • A television project that I’ve been working on, and was moving full steam ahead, seems to have stalled a bit. Or a lot. I can’t tell. My hopes were high and the disappointment is real.

The creative part of me loves working on all kinds of different projects. The business part of me despises being dependent on others to help bring those projects to life. But isn’t that how it always is? Birth requires just the right timing and environment and I’ve learned (the painful way) to trust the process even when it doesn’t seem to look so good.

As writers, all we can do is keep writing. Keep telling stories. Keep giving birth to those characters that like to wake us up in the middle of the night and ask us to come out and play. And I’m often reminding myself to go back to that place where there wasn’t any pressure. I was just telling stories. It was fun and the process was an escape.

So – I’m pouring my free time into a novel that I’ve been wanting to write for a while but it just hadn’t fully developed in my mind – until last week.

As I laid in bed one night, the full story revealed itself. I pulled out my phone, opened my Scrivener app and had the major chapters outlined and summarized in a matter of minutes. This has never – and I mean, never – happened to me before. A story usually doesn’t reveal itself to me until I sit down and start typing. I never know what’s going to happen until the moment it appears on the computer screen. It’s been a fun difference, but I fully expect changes to come and new surprises around every corner.

Writing is such an odd, yet wonderful thing. With it come highs and lows – and life lessons galore. Lessons that we can turn around and teach our characters, because as you know – all life is story material!

My encouragement for all of you – hang in there. Keep writing. Don’t give up.

Believe.

Always believe.

 

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Why I Use a Treadmill Desk

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My How and Why of a Treadmill Desk

Writing can be wonderful and writing can literally be painful, and paired with the puffy Cheetos we down while trying to woe our muse, we can start putting on a little weight. Or a lot.

But who’s counting?

I finally found something that works for me. Check out today’s video and see if a treadmill desk might just be the answer to your prayers too.

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Steal Someone Else’s Movie To Improve Your Screenwriting

Steal someone else’s movie?

Of course not. At least not in the literal sense.

While every idea is stolen in some way – as you know, there are no truly original ideas, this takes stealing them to a whole ‘nother level.

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Check out this fun way that I’ve improved by writing. I know that it can help you take your writing to the next level.

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Now, go out there and steal some movies!

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Writers, Dont Lie To Yourself: You Do Need To Build A Platform

You Need An Author Platform

I hear it all the time: “I’m not worried about a platform right now”, and I don’t want to be harsh, but my response is: “You need to be.”

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In today’s video:

*The lie that family and friends will help sell your book.
*The lie that your story is so good it will sell itself.
*The truth that agents and publishers place a lot of weight on an author’s built in audience.
*The right time to start finding readers.

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We’re Gonna Get You Sucka: The Goal of a Private Investigator’s Day?

Keep The Goal In Mind, Sucka

It’s Part Three of my interview with Kathy from Lighthouse Investigations, and boy is it getting interesting. Or scary. Let’s face it, I’m the sucka.

At least for me anyway.

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We’re gonna get you sucka? Or is he gonna get us?

In today’s video we discuss:

  • What it is like to work with Kathy’s husband, Frank.
  • What motivates Kathy to be a Private Investigator.
  • How she helps the spouses of adulterers.
  • Other than surveillance, what the life of a Private Investigator entails.
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  • The parts of the job that are heartbreaking.
  • How to tell if you’re being followed.
  • The fact that I am freaking out and scared of getting caught. 🙂
  • What percent of the people Kathy tails are guilty.
  • Why Kathy believes private investigating is a call in her life.

As you watch these videos, I hope you’re seeing a whole new side to Private Investigators and the work they do. We’ll see you back next week for the final portion of Kathy’s video.

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