Looking back on the last year
This was my birthday gift from Mr. Sus, in honor of becoming a published writer last year. I spent over 20 years writing and learning and working and honing my craft before I decided to pursue self-publishing. Discovering that I could carve out a place for myself in the marketplace and sink or swim on my own merits was tremendously freeing.
In the last year I’ve released three books, and right now all three are sitting in the top 20 of their category on Amazon, holding their own alongside much more famous and established authors’ books. It’s so far beyond anything I dared to hope for, I’m honestly at a loss for words. And it’s all because I had the courage to take a chance on myself.
Breaking news: writing is hard
WRITING IS HAPPENING.
And that calls for lots of caffeine. I’m almost through the first third of my WIP, and the characters are finally starting to feel like real people. It takes a while for their personalities to set whenever I start writing a new book.
To steal an analogy from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, they’re like cookie dough for the first few chapters. The ingredients are all there, but they’re still mushy and unformed. But somewhere along the way, I realize they’ve turned into cookies. I know exactly who they are and what they’d do in any given situation. That’s when they feel real. And then I have to go back and reevaluate those early chapters I wrote, because sometimes who I thought they were isn’t who they turned out to be.
Writing is hard. Thank goodness for coffee.