Thursday Thoughts: Universal First Steps

So, I have a new book out in the wild. Psst. It’s NIGHT WISH, in case y’all missed it. And I have another book due to Aces Press no later than November 30. In all the crazy weather over the past couple of days–no electricity, internet, or computer–did I start the new book? Nope. I worked on the blurb. Which I hate writing but I’m not looking the gift horse in the mouth. It’s rough, but BLURB! Also, short and easy to write by hand. 😉 That said, totally time to start the next book, FIGHTING FOR JUSTICE. And what did the Universe do? It dropped this little gem into my inbox.

Sometimes, Silver, if the direction you’re about to move feels “right” in your head and heart, yet the first few steps look pretty daunting, not fun, and maybe even scary, you should take those first few steps anyway and get ’em over with.

And I’m not just saying that because watching you in action gives me goose bumps.

Love you madly,
The Universe
Honestly, Silver, I get goose bumps just watching you breathe.

Yeah, watching me breathe is boring as heckfire. I’ll note here that writing the opening line to a book is probably one of the hardest–and most daunting–things an author has to do. Sitting down to start by actually putting words on a blank page ranks high, as does finishing the first chapter and moving on. And here the Universe is explaining that process in the simplest of terms. I got goose bumbs just reading it. So, m’friends, trust your head and your gut with that opening. Take the steps, move forward, write the book. Yup, totally scary, but once we’re further than the first steps into the story, it’s all worth it! And readers, the very same holds true for life and living it. Now go forth and just do it! 


About Silver James

I like walks on the wild side and coffee. Lots of coffee. Warning: My Muse runs with scissors. Author of several award-winning series--Moonstruck, Nightriders MC, The Penumbra Papers, and Red Dirt Royalty (Harlequin Desire) & other books! Purveyor of magic, mystery, mayhem and romance. Lots and lots of romance.
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2 Responses to Thursday Thoughts: Universal First Steps

  1. Yep yep. Starting out is the scary part. It sets the tone for what comes ahead. But… But…. like everything else, it can suck because we can fix it. We just need to remind ourselves of that. Constantly. We aren’t chiseling these words into marble. You can do this. So can I.

    Don’t forget the scary thing of setting the book loose into the world. We’ve both done that. Fly and be free.

    (I woke up with the song ‘High Hopes’ playing in my head. Can’t get more positivity first thing in the morning. I’m dripping with it. Go punch a hole in that dam, Lady. You’ve got this.)

    • Silver James says:

      I’m guessing your reference is to the Frank Sinatra song? If so, now I’m singing it too! I want to be that little old ant–only moving words instead of a rubber tree plant.

      Just what makes that little old ant
      Think he’ll move that rubber tree plant
      Anyone knows an ant, can’t
      Move a rubber tree plant

      But he’s got high hopes, he’s got high hopes
      He’s got high apple pie, in the sky hopes

      And now I want apple pie too. 🙄 Time to write!

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