So…deadlines. I had one yesterday–the proposal for RDR#6. I actually submitted it a day early, so yay! And when Mr. HQEd emailed me back, it was to let me know that REDEEMED BY THE COWGIRL (RDR#5) was headed for a line edit and I should have it back in about 2 weeks–and he gave me a lot of praise for the story. Cash’s story was tough to write. He did despicable things to his brothers and their wives in previous books and I wasn’t sure I could ever find a reason for his actions that would make him redeemable. I fought that book. I had a synopsis. I had characters set in my mind. I did my best to force them into the mold because I was under a hard deadline that also had a short trigger. And the characters rebelled. Worst. Story. Ever. So I backed up. I stopped trying so hard and let my characters decide who and why they were. And the story flowed. I learned things about Cash. About Roxie. About the four other Barron brothers. I laughed and I cried and from what Mr. ED has indicated? I was successful. When I went looking for today’s Thoughts, I came across the following and it was a light-bulb moment, because not only did I do this with REDEEMED, but…well, read it for yourself.
When in doubt, Silver, show up early. Think less. Feel more. Ask once. Give thanks. Expect the best. Appreciate everything. Never give up. Make it fun. Lead. Invent. Regroup. Wink. Chill. Smile. And live as if your success was inevitable, and so it shall be.
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Especially wink, chill, smile, Silver!
This is pretty damn good advice for a writer. Show up early for deadlines. Think less, feel more so your words resonate with emotion. Ask and give–of yourself, your characters, your plot and settings. Always expect the best of your talent and your story. I do appreciate everything–from time to write, to friends giving of their time to beta, critique, and cheer me own, to my readers. Never give up, which is pretty much self-explanatory. 😆 Make it fun because readers need relief during all that “torturing” of characters. Lead the story but invent new twists then regroup/revise. And definitely wink, chill and smile! As for that last bit? That living as if success is inevitable? That’s not as easy but I’m working on it–with every book I write. Someday, it will be.