As 2020 continues to get stranger and stranger so does my ability to write. I’m in several author facebook groups and communities and this is a common issue right now. I’ve never dealt with writers block but the last couple weeks I just can’t get excited about my stories. Does this sound familiar? If this is something you are also struggling with I encourage you to be kind to yourself. We are all dealing with this pandemic in a different way.
When this pandemic started I really was able to embrace the slower pace of life. I actually wrote more words than I normally would. I was able to get two books finished and one book first drafted. But, as everything in my state starts to open up and I have to go back into the office day I’ve really been struggling to finish books I’ve started. Instead of forcing myself to work on my books I’ve taken up writing on this blog. It seems that for some reason I’m able to get words out on a blog post but I struggle to follow a story. If this is true for you try to write something else. Maybe even try journaling. Whatever is in your head get it down on paper. You don’t have to share it anywhere but sometimes any kind of writing can help. Don’t try to force yourself to only work on one project if you are having difficulties with it. Amazon is allowing authors to push back pre-order dates. Editors have been very understanding because its a difficult time and it is okay to just do what you can. Big name authors have halted their publishing. Just know that you aren’t alone.
It’s camp NaNoWriMo time and I’m excited to be announcing my project for this year. If you aren’t familiar with Camp NaNoWriMo I will quickly sum it up by saying that you pick a writing project and a goal and you work hard on it for the month of July.
I’ve participated in Camp NaNoWriMo before and it can be a fun way to hold yourself accountable if you really want to finish a book. This year I’m doing things a little bit differently. I’m working on a big overall project that will be releasing in 2021 and I’m in different stages of the writing process. I have a book that I need to edit, I have a book that I’m drafting, and I’m releasing a book in August(King of The Bronx). So instead of focusing on word count like I usually would my goal is to spend 3,600 minutes this month working on my author business. I like the idea of tracking my time better because I’m not tied down to one project. If I decide to work on edits one day I can. If I want to work on administrative task one day I can and it all counts towards my goal. This will also help me see how much time I’m actually spending on my business. I have a feeling it’s probably over 3,600 minutes a month but we’ll see.
The benefit of keeping track of how much time I spend on my author business is that I can see how much I’m paying myself if that makes sense.
So what project am I working on?
The Russian Mafia! I’m so excited that I’m starting a new series that will begin to release next year and it’s surrounding the Bratva. I have one book that is drafted and I’m slowly drafting book two. I want to make sure I have a good grasp on the entire series before I start releasing anything but I think you all are really going to love these characters. I already have my covers picked out and they are pretty dark and steamy! I will continue to blog and keep you updated on my progress. Happy Writing! 🙂
Since I found my passion for writing I’ve been pretty strict about setting aside time every single day to work on writing. It has worked well for me I’ve published eight books I’ve written more than that. Writing every day has help me build up a routine and take my career seriously. So why am I changing up my schedule? The short answer is I’m tired. I’ve been writing every single morning since 2017 when I started my first book; Merciless Queen. I started by getting up at five am and writing before work and I’ve pretty much kept that routine. But, for some reason starting at the end of last year waking up at 5 am became nearly impossible. Its almost like my body was rebelling against me. No matter what time I went to sleep I could not get myself up at 5 am. So I changed my wake up time to six. I could still get my words in but I only had 30 or so minutes in the morning and many times I’d finish up my word count on my lunch break or when I got home from lunch. With quarantine this schedule hasn’t really changed except the fact that I’ve also been writing at night. Quarantine has been really good for my writing and my creativity, my fast-pace world has slowed down and I’ve been able to hear my ideas and I have the time to get them on paper. But, I’ve realized in order for me to write the best I can and not feel like I’m sprinting to a finish line I need to have quiet. And as my state comes out of quarantine I’ve analyzed how I can create that quietness in my every day life.
My solution is to make changes to schedule that I’ve been following for the last 3+ years. Starting this week I’m only writing three days a week; Saturday, Sunday, and Tuesday. In order to keep my word count up I’ll have to get about 3,000 words per session. When I’m writing every day that kind of word count would be a struggle but when I’m only writing three days a week I’m spending the entire rest of the week filling up my creative well.
This is scary for me I won’t lie. It makes me anxious thinking about it but I know that I perform better at my day job when I haven’t been up staring at a computer for a hour already and I know I can concentrate more on my writing when I don’t have a time limit/ place to rush off to.
I was worried about using my weekends for writing because in my mind I should take those days off but then I realized I’ve been writing on weekends for a long time. I always tell myself that I’m not going to do any writing but every single weekend I find myself in front of my laptop typing away.
I believe this new schedule will be good for a few reasons.
More time to explore our creative passions such as this blog that I want to start working on again.
Less rushed writing time.
More time to focus on administrative and advertising work for the publishing side of the business.
Are you ready to read Maverick and Hazel’s epic love story? Have you ever heard of a dark beach read? Me neither that’s why I wrote one. Dirty Empire takes place in Hawaii, Tahaiti and Mexico all beautiful tropical places with all the grittiness of a dark romance. It’s the perfect escape story. This book has been so much fun to write and I can’t wait for you to read it!
“Lucky for you, I’m not a man to apologize, even if I accidentally took another man’s wife.”
He lets his shoe fall to the floor with a thud before untying the other and dropping that one too. It takes a while for me to process what he’s saying.
“So you’ll drop me off? At the next island?” I ask, hope filling my chest for the first time today.
Maverick shakes his head before standing up and unbuttoning his dress shirt. A slight grin coats his lips. “Oh no, Pumpkin. Miles is going to come after me, and without you, I have no leverage.”
He takes off his shirt and leaves it in the middle of the floor. His washboard abs are on display, each one perfectly sculpted in a way that could only be achieved by hours spent at the gym. “I’m not a knight in shining armor, Pumpkin. I’m a villain.”
I married a monster.
Years ago my husband was the perfect man, until I was faced with his abusive side. I thought my husband would kill me but Maverick saved me. He seemed like my knight in shining armor. However, Maverick comes with his own set of baggage.
How will this tangled web of destruction and lust unravel? Dirty Empire will thrill, anger, push, and prod you to the edges of your imagination!
Tomorrow is release day for Dirty Empire! I rewrote this book I think three times to get it just right. This story is different than anything else I’ve ever written. To start of this story is inspired by Greek mythology. Most people don’t know this greek myth but when I heard the idea for Dirty Empire instantly popped into my head.
Aphrodite’s first husband was Hephaestus, the god of blacksmiths and metalworking. She was unfaithful to Hephaestus and had an affair with Ares, the God of war. Hephaestus found out about their affair and set a trap. He caught them in a net and the entire village came out to see naked Aphrodite and Ares caught together. Poseidon finds this to be very cruel and rescues Aphrodite from the net. She gave birth to two of Poseidon’s daughters.
In Dirty Empire; Hazel is Aphrodite, Miles is Hephaestus and Maverick is Poseidon.
“Lucky for you, I’m not a man to apologize, even if I accidentally took another man’s wife.” He lets his shoe fall to the floor with a thud before untying the other and dropping that one too. It takes a while for me to process what he’s saying. “So you’ll drop me off? At the next island?” I ask, hope filling my chest for the first time today. Maverick shakes his head before standing up and unbuttoning his dress shirt. A slight grin coats his lips. “Oh no, Pumpkin. Miles is going to come after me, and without you, I have no leverage.” He takes off his shirt and leaves it in the middle of the floor. His washboard abs are on display, each one perfectly sculpted in a way that could only be achieved by hours spent at the gym. “I’m not a knight in shining armor, Pumpkin. I’m a villain.”
I married a monster. Years ago my husband was the perfect man, until I was faced with his abusive side. I thought my husband would kill me but Maverick saved me. He seemed like my knight in shining armor. However, Maverick comes with his own set of baggage.