New Goals and New Strategies

Occasionally, life happens, forcing us to reevaluate our priorities and goals. The last few months for me have definitely fallen into this category.

There has been the spectacular (such as the RWNZ conference and the release of Hidden Traps). There has been the things that terrify me (such as my oldest turning 16). However, there has also been those things that I’m not exactly sure how to quantify.

By now, my faithful followers have already worked out exactly where this post is heading. For those new to my chaotic mind, it’s time to reexamine the goals.
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My head is still spinning. Hidden Traps is OUT!

It’s been two weeks since my nonfiction book Hidden Traps was released, but I haven’t had a chance to breathe. The lead up to release was filled with preparation of supplementary materials and handouts, guest blog posts, and interviews for radio and video broadcasts. On release day, I ran my first webinar. This weekend, I’m presenting at the RWNZ conference on this topic.

OMG, IT’S THIS WEEKEND!

There’s so much to do, and this is on top of my normal schedule. What exactly have I gotten myself into?

Let’s take a step back and look at where this book started and the steps along the way.

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At least I have non-fiction.

At times, I feel like a fraud. I’m sure many writers go through this phase often enough. We work our asses off to craft our stories, perfecting our craft, but we struggle to get noticed. It’s rejection after rejection, with no real reason why.

Sometimes, the ones who surround us will flaunt their successes. You look at them and question everything that you know. They’re pumping out the stories, yet, you struggle to get just the one finished. And they get contract after contract, but you have yet to work up the nerve to even begin the query process for the second time.

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The mind is reeling… but not on blogs.

There are times when writers find that it is hard to focus — or at least I do. I'll admit that I have so many different projects going on at once that trying to keep my mind on one task long enough to finish it can be trying.

Cover for Hidden TrapsConfession time: I have over 25 different manuscripts in the works, all in differing states of development, ranging from just a few jotted lines on a piece of paper through to a full manuscript that is ready to go out the door. And with the looming release of Hidden Traps just around the corner, I haven't had the chance to work on any of them. Instead I've been so focused on the marketing campaign for Hidden Traps and the supplementary material. The creative wandering brain has fizzled from exhaustion. Dare I say it, so has my random thoughts generator for my blog posts.

I so need to curl up in bed and sleep for a week. But I can't. I must push on.

But it's not fair on my readers to generate some mediocre post. So, it's time to revisit some of the old ones again.

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Aspiring Writer: The Sequal

In a post last year, I spoke about the term aspiring writer and how it’s a term that I dislike. Back then, I had this wonderful circular argument about how if you write, then you are a writer — no aspiring about it. Regardless, I still see an insane number of people who insist on calling themselves aspiring writers.

Back when that original post first came out, someone had commented on one of my Facebook discussion groups that the term writer referred to a person who was paid to write.

To be fair, the term applies to people who want to make a career out of writing. Writer is a professional term.

You have no idea how much my skin crawls at this concept. Clearly, my arguments using the definitions in Merrian-Webster were insufficient to get my point across. Perhaps the Oxford English Dictionary might sway the ideas. So here goes.Read More