I’m sharing what’s going on with my health – and what pushed me to finally share my story.
When I think back on 2023, it will be the year I’d like to forget. Sure, it was The Year of Setbacks, but upon reflection, it wasn’t ALL bad.
2023 has not been the easiest year. Besides my emergency spine surgery in April, I’ve had a major disruption to my work environment and work schedule. I’m sharing the unvarnished truth about my writing reality.
After five years of participating in NaNoWriMo, I have decided my time with the organisation is done. After this year, I’m done. It was nice while it lasted.
Some dream of a house in the suburbs. Others dream of travelling the world. Everyone’s dreams are different – and all are valid. Let me tell you about my journey, then I want to turn the question to you – what makes YOUR heart sing? What lights YOU up?
No matter whether you publish one book or twenty, the fear of failure is real.
2022 has been an interesting year of learning. I’ve dug deep into my business practices along with my writing process, and can now move forward with a clear vision.
When my daughter left home, I gave her this “Life Lesson” list. Shockingly, she’s listened! Humorously, I share those Life Lessons with you.
Why am I, as an author, talking about a depression? Because I write about mental health in my novels & it’s something we NEED to talk about.
It’s an interesting question and one that’s in media a lot these days. The easy answer: royalties. But the real answer is a little more complicated than that. And how we benefit is not always financial.
I am a workaholic. There, I said it. But it’s the work now that drives me. Not unrealistic deadlines.
This is usually the time when we humans like to think about all the nutty stuff that happened over the last year. A lot happened in 2021!
Most writers love nothing more than to hole up in their special space and simply write. But public appearances? Ooh, that’s a form of torture all on its own. I tell you about my own fears with book signings.
One of the key parts before writing ANY story for me is knowing who my characters are. And I realised, maybe you don’t know THIS character… I share a little of my own backstory.
With COVID posing challenges for charity’s to raise money, a friend approached me for help. This was the solution – naming 2 characters in next upcoming book. It was very successful for MPower Alliance and I was stoked to help!
What does my daily life look like as an author? Pretty boring really, but I’m living the dream. I share my reality.
I avoided writing about this topic. Avoided it like it’s a hot fire, ready to burn my fingertips if I even broach it. But really, how can writing about this pandemic be avoided? Writer’s write about what’s going on in our lives, whether that’s through memoirs, on a social media post, scribbled down into a private journal, or weaved into a fantastic storyline. What has become in the world is far from fantastic.
Unless there’s a deadline, I let responsibility take over my life. A writing group changes that. I focus. I am kept accountable and I get shit done!