Earlier this month I got these two writing prompt books for my birthday and I love them! They are fun and have been doing their job, getting my writing juices flowing and helping not fall into a writing rut. Towards the end of last year I really found myself suffering from writer's block and this year I am determined to not let that happen. I have too many stories to tell and there are always more ideas popping in my head that need to come out. Sometimes I use these writing prompts to just get a quick paragraph down, just to start the writing process. Sometimes I write a flash fiction story to be used at a later date. And one of the prompts has even helped me with an idea for a submission call that I want to answer. Writing prompts are just that, prompts that then allow you to take the story wherever your mind wanders. They are there to basically just jump start the creative process and I am loving these books right now!
Last week I talked a little about getting more organized when it came to my writing. I also mentioned that a new desk and writing area was a big part of that plan, so I thought that I would share a little picture of my writing corner. I can't help but feel inspired in this new spot! And I must say that so far it is really working, I am getting more done this month than I have in months and it feels great!
I thought that this year at least once each month I would share a little of whatever I am working on at the moment. This helps let you, my readers, know what will be coming out down the line and hopefully it will help keep me accountable and on track. Now I will be sharing completely unedited and raw snippets, so be gentle!
This month I am finished up a steamy m/m hockey romance that WILL be to my publisher by the end of January. I have fallen a little behind with this work but the end is in sight! The working title for this piece is Ice Breakers. I might change it but I kinda like it. What do you think?
Anyways, here is a little unedited snippet!
Lost in his thoughts, Nathan excused himself to visit the restroom. After exiting the men’s room, he was still so up in his head and not paying any attention to where he was going, that is until he ran into something akin to a soft wall. Shocked, Nathan felt himself falling back when strong hands reached out to steady him. Looking up, his breath caught in his throat when he looked into the sky blue eyes of one of the most attractive men he had ever laid eyes on. The man before him had a tall and powerful build, which explained why he had almost fallen when they bumped into each other, he was not used to literally bumping into Greek gods come to earth.
“Are you okay?” Came a deep and way too sexy voice, complete with an accent that Nathan couldn’t quite distinguish. Was this man placed here to make Nathan lose his mind from pure lust? Maybe he was hallucinating his perfect man. Too much work and too little sleep made people lose their minds right? Maybe this is what his mind had come to after months of not sex. Stranger things could happen. This might be the time he finally got carted off in a strait jacket.
Can you believe we are already a week into 2018? Where did 2017 go? Where did this past week go? I haven't even started to post my goals for 2018 here on my blog yet! Well today I start with my writing goals for this year.
First and foremost I am committing to being here on my blog 3 times a week, probably M/W/F. Will I sometimes post more? Yep, but I am going to make sure I at least hit my three each week.
I am also working on becoming more organized with my writing and routine. One big help to this is a new writing desk and space dedicated just to writing. I have some cork boards and a white board to help me keep notes and weekly goals somewhere where I can see them. I am also committing time to sit down and write six days a week. I am giving myself Sundays off as everyone needs a break and Sundays are family time.
Part of writing is getting your work out and into the hands of readers, which means social media is part of the business. That means I will try to keep more active on here, FB, Twitter and Instagram. I might even start putting some stuff up on Youtube once a month. Follow me at these various sites to get to know me more.
And of course what are writing goals without some actual writing goals? I have a m/m hockey romance that will be finished this month and sent off for consideration at my publisher. Then I will be working on Quest for Self, the sequel to Quest for Redemption. I will also get to Quest for Love, the last in the trilogy, later this year. I have another fantasy romance that I will be sending to my publisher later this year and a sweet romance later in the year as well. To round all of these novels out I will be writing more short stories this year and cleaning up some old ones so that they can get out into the world. This is a tall order but I think that I can do it!
Sorry that I have been missing in action the past couple of weeks. Sometimes life gets hard and I struggle to write during those times. That has actually been me the past couple of months, but these past two weeks my depression has really gotten the better of me. Some days I can't even turn on the computer to get writing work done. Of course I am a writer, so not writing just fuels my depression and a vicious cycle begins.
Last night I was asked to write a flash fiction story for my publisher, which I truly hope is up to their standards, but being asked for something directly helped to push me into action. I wrote a 1000 word story. I am blogging this morning. It may not seem like a lot, but I hope that means that my mind is seeing some light and that I might be getting back to writing. At least I pray that I am.
You see writing really helps me with my depression. Writing helps me escape some of the harsh realities I am dealing with in my real life. Writing is part of me and I need to do it to stay sane. When I struggle with words, well I struggle even more in life. That is why writing is so important to this person with depression.
This month is National Write a Novel Month, which means authors all across the globe are feverishly writing away, getting as many words in as they can. I fully intended to be one of those authors, but health and life seem to be getting in the way. I am so far behind in my writing that its not even funny. I am working on finishing a current work in progress and am still only in the note taking stage for the main novel I wanted to work on this month. Unless my wordage really picks up, well then it looks like I may not be getting my novel done this month.
Struggling with my writing just at the time that other authors are hitting some high points makes me a little depressed sometimes. Then I remember that I am only in competition with myself and even a few words a day are a win sometimes. I am still making some progress and that is better than nothing. Do I wish that I were writing more right now? Of course. Does it make me a loser if I can't keep up with others? No, it just means that I am going through a slow time right now. I am still writing and still moving towards more releases and to my dreams. I need to just keep that in mind on my bad days.
As I continue to take some self imposed pressure off myself on the writing front, yet keep myself challenged and writing, this month I am taking a fairly easy pledge to write one page each and every day. Sounds pretty easy and I expect it to be on most days, but we all have bad days and it could be a struggle every once in awhile. Still, I think that this is a good pledge, I don't have a certain amount of words to make, just one page. That is doable. If I write more than one page, great! If it takes me most of the night to get that one page done? Well I still hit my goal. I'm going to see if taking some word count pressure off myself helps ease some of the stress in my writing life. Let's see how it goes!
I have a hard time taking time off, relaxing, and taking care of myself. This has been brought up to me by a couple different friends of late. Not only am I working five days a week at the day job, but I am also putting in about 60 hours in writing and art work. That means that it's all work and no play for Sheri. Sure every once in awhile I go to the movies with my husband, but I work before and after usually. And yeah I take some time to exercise and keep the house running, but I really don't take time for fun. This is something that I am going to work on for the rest of the year.
The problem is I don't really know what to do with myself when I'm not working. My husband and I work completely different schedules, so I am on my own a lot and without the car as he has it. That means I'm at home and working. I feel guilty when I don't work and I feel like I need to put in a full day of writing work even after working at the day job. This pace is starting to wear my already not so great health down. I need to take some breaks, but I truly don't know how. How can I just watch tv or play video games when I know there is writing I should do? I don't know.
I am however going to start trying to take the weekend mostly off. I will be running errands, cleaning my house, spending time with my husband and family. Maybe we will see more movies, go hiking, go bowling, you know do stuff. Maybe that is what I need to focus on, doing stuff rather than writing and working all the time. After all, all work and no play makes Sheri a dull women and dull women have nothing to write about.
Wish me luck on learning to relax from time to time and also share tips on how you relax and fit it into your busy schedule below. I believe there is always so much that we can learn from each other.
I am so happy to announce that edits for my upcoming novella A Whole New Life are done! This book now moves to the next part of production at Hot Tree Publishing! I am so excited to see this book come out into the world. I have put a lot of hard work into this book and I think it is one of my best works yet!
Please head over and add it to your Goodreads page and keep a look out here on my blog and other social medias for further announcements on this project, including the exciting cover reveal!
As an author I am always reading. I especially love to read writing books, reading and learning about my craft at the same time. I recently just finished How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy by Orson Scott Card. This is a very practical and straight forward writing book. I have some other books that go more in depth about world building and such, but this one is a great fast read that will make you stop and think about your writing in a very rational way. It really did help me with a current story that I am self editing, and that is the goal of any writing book, to help you with your own work. Since this book is quite helpful and easy to use, I give it 5/5 stars!
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