Once upon a time, I wrote every day: two hours before dawn, then after the kids and the job, late into the night. I used an old IBM typewriter. It was the 80s. I was obsessed.
One day, several years later, Dead Witness was published and life as I’d known it changed. Besides taking care of hubby and five sons, and working full-time, I poured every bit of energy I had left into marketing. I won’t bore you with the details, but if you can list ten top marketing strategies, rested assured, I applied them.
A publisher picked up my second novel, and I thought “Yay, I don’t have to work so hard this time.”
Janet Crum said something in her post this week that resonated. Which reminds me you should check out her blog, it’s awesome. Janet said the pandemic is exhausting.
This month’s question: Are there months or times of the year that you are more productive with your writing than other months, and why? … I’m too tired to remember. But I should probably admit that I was exhausted long before the pandemic stuck.
How the heck do authors spin out 2 to 3 manuscripts a year, then market them???
For most of my life, I was a regular person like the rest of you. Now I’m trying to adapt to being a senior. This oldness dropped out of the blue two years ago and blind-sighted me. While I do write regularly, (I didn’t last year) I equate productivity to marketing and I’m falling short. I need to apologize to my readers and especially my publishers for that. I wish I could promise I’ll be my ole self once I’m vaccinated.
The point I’m trying to make is I’m tired, yes, but I’m okay about it. My spirit and psyche are healthy. I make a mental gratitude list every single morning before my eyes open. I smile — a lot.
It hasn’t always been that way. I once told a close friend that I thought I’d been born sad. I couldn’t justify my sadness so I blamed it on generics.
In 2017 I had an accident, broke my femur, had my hip replaced, and then hosted a pity-party for 18 months. It’s a long story I’ve mentioned before. Suffice to say I saw the dark side and I like the bright side better. Truth be known, I was visiting the dark side most of my life.
If I don’t sell a million copies of my books anytime soon, it’s okay. I have a beautiful life. I can nap whenever I please. And I do. If I occasionally feel glum, unmotivated, and unenergized, that’s okay, too. I love being alive. I love writing. And I love good books.
I see so many people struggling to have it all: the relationship, the family, the friends, the career. You should have it all. You deserve it. Dream big. Know in your heart you’re worthy. But if you should decide one day that life in this very instance is good, perfect, in fact — smile. Keep smiling, even if it’s just to yourself. Choose to smile as often as you can. And when you can’t, don’t worry; whatever is wrong will pass.
This month I’ll finish my WIP. I know I said that last January. I mean it this time because I figured out what went wrong. I didn’t want to finish it. Now I do.
ps. In the near future, I’ll be working with author Hank Quense to rejuvenate my marketing strategies. Thank you, Hank!
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