I don’t do ‘resolutions’, because as soon as I fix on one, I work hard to break it! This year my ‘aim’ is to find balance in my writing. Balance for writing time, which is usually in the late evening, balance in promotional efforts ~ this one is way out of the ball park right now, and balance with family commitments, and no, not necessarily in that order! LOL.
There are writers who hold down full time jobs and yet offer several full length books every year, how do they do it? Well according to some, they slot in their writing as and when they can, and I take my hat off to their awesome results. Sadly I am not that organized. LOL.
I am often asked ‘what advice would you give an aspiring author?’ And the short but not easy answer for the recipient is, perseverance. Don’t give up, don’t give in, and believe in yourself. If you don’t do that, why should anyone else believe in you?
When I was in school my teacher confiscated a story I was writing, with the throw-away comment; ‘Why can’t you write as neatly in your homework?’ I never saw it again. LOL. But… many, many years later I did write a story, lots of them and eventually I did find someone who was willing to believe in me and my characters, and I did get published. It doesn’t often happen overnight, and that’s what perseverance is all about.
If inspiration deserts you try opening a blank page and simply writing. Or look for a word prompt or a picture, something, anything. It was five word prompts that sparked the beginning of my new release due out in time for Valentine’s, His Chosen Bride, and again a single word prompt, so far, for the current work in progress.
But, most importantly of all, enjoy what you are doing because the reader will ‘know’ if you don’t.