About five years ago or so, when I got serious about publishing my first novel, I announced it to my family and friends, and later on social media. I received a ton of support and I was really happy that so many supported my dream.
On the flip side, I was also inundated with emails from other writers, who warned me that I shouldn’t share that information because:
“Someone might steal your ideas.” — Unlikely.
“What if you don’t succeed?” –What if I do?
“Everyone is going to annoy you asking you questions about your book.” — I don’t find writing/book questions annoying at all and I take it as a sign of support.
“People will tell you they have ideas for your books.” –Who cares? I blink a few times and move on.
I’ve been writing since I was a child. I wrote short stories in crayon, (I actually remember a few of them), and later I moved on to writing some pretty angsty poems as a teenager. In college, I took numerous writing classes and wrote short stories. When I worked full-time as a phlebotomist/laboratory assistant, my creative energy was drained and sadly, I stopped writing for several years. When I was unable to work, it took me a few years, but eventually I purchased Microsoft Word and got back into it. I ended up writing a 80K romance/suspense novel titled Pathological Lover, and then it’s sequel, a sexy, romance/suspense, Skin for Sin.
My first novel, Pathological Lover hasn’t been accepted for publication, nor was my second, Skin for Sin, but my third, a paranormal romance novel, Winter’s Curse, was!
I didn’t give up. I stuck with it.
I write EVERY SINGLE DAY, like most writers, sometimes spending as much as twelve hours on my computer, writing/editing/revising/staring at my MS with disdain. On some nights I want to cry and soak my hands in ice water as well as my legs which are cramped up and in sooo much pain from sitting all day. (I have a physical disability that causes all-over chronic pain and typing/sitting doesn’t help! Eh, but that’s what painkillers are for, right? 😉 More importantly, I remain determined!) At the moment, I’m finishing up Spring in Summerland, book 2 of Season of the Witch, which will be published mid-2017 by Bellatrix Press, and A Diamond in the Rough, book 1 of a new series I am writing, titled Precious Gems.
There is no straight road to getting published and I wasn’t embarrassed to admit that I didn’t succeed right away, and really, who does? I’ve actually found it helpful to have told everyone, and it has even held me accountable to continue writing.
Are you a writer with a work-in-progress? Have you told anyone? Please leave your thoughts in the comment section below! 🙂
And about that published novel I mentioned 😉
Before the light is reborn within the womb of darkness and the Sun returns, will Winter reverse the curse?
When High Priestess Iris Rose-Thorne bets her granddaughter’s womb in a broom flying contest–and loses, Winter wonders where the real danger lies: from the Witch Hunters she fled from the far North or her shady grandmother.
She finds safety with Turmeric of the Wormwood clan. His eagerness to protect her warms her frozen heart. But her love for him defies the Segregation Curse of Old, cast by the Elders to preserve ancient clan bloodlines.
Can they find a way around the Segregation Curse of Old to be together?
And with time running out as the Winter Solstice nears, will Winter be able to reverse the curse on her womb? Or will she agree to her fate and remain barren?