Thursday Thoughts: Universal Doubts

It’s Thursday again. I shouldn’t be but I am always slightly amazed that the days roll by so swiftly. As a kid, time stretched endlessly. Summer was long and lazy, school a hazy conundrum on the far horizon. And then it was the end of August and I was back in school and each vacation break seemed a far distant hope. The end of the year and any hope of the freedom of summer was a millenium away. Now I’m old and I look over my shoulder and think, Wait. What? It was just Saturday. Or Sunday. I forget which. How can it be Thursday all of a sudden? Which has nothing to do with today’s message from the Universe, except it sort of does, in a weird, roly-poly way. The older I get, the more self-doubts I have, especially when it comes to my writing. Am I too old to be in touch with the new batch of readers coming up? Are my storys/characters/etc. worth reading? This is especially true when it comes to editing and revisions. Which is why I probably shouldn’t go back and look at a manuscript once I finally say, “Enough!” so I can get it formatted and uploaded, or emailed to my editor. Due to some technically issues (like losing the whole damn document after revisions!), I knew I had to go back through RESCUE MOON. I did not anticipate real life being such a witch so that it’s taken way longer than it should. Which just gives more time to doubt.

Always listen to your doubts, Silver.

Not just because they might teach you of your fears, but because, sometimes, they might teach you of your wisdom.

Lovin’ it all,
The Universe

Deeper than most will get, huh, Silver?

The Big U is right. Sometimes, the doubt teaches us wisdom. I’m learning that there’s a reason I’m going back through RESCUE MOON. I’ve added over 4K words and I still (as of the composing and scheduling of this post on Wednesday) have six chapters and the epilogue to go. In rereading it, I’ve discovered that, with this book at least, more is better. I’m reaching deeper into the emotions and thoughts of the hero and heroine. I’m stretching the action with a bit more description to better set the scene. I’m choosing my words more carefully. That’s all good. Even so, once I get it uploaded and I’m waiting for it to go live, for that first sale, and that first review, I will doubt myself. I will wonder if I chose the right words, if tinkering with it made it better or worse. Such is the nature of the beast. If writing was easy, everyone would do it, right? 😉 Truth time. How many of you have ever wanted to write a book? I don’t care if you did or not. That’s not the question. I’m just curious about how many thought about 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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6 Responses to Thursday Thoughts: Universal Doubts

  1. Kimber says:

    I’m still working on being able to type– THE END🤨 It might never see the light of day, but I will have gotten over that hurdle.

    With the downsizing from house to apartment, getting said house on the market( that has come to a halt)😒
    Work chaos and health issues, I haven’t written anything.
    Read alot and got hooked on past TV show Blindspot, so just finished the 5th and final season, now Im missing the team😄

    Silver, You rock🤟 as a writer and friend.
    You got this.❤️

    • Silver James says:

      Awww, thanks, Kimber. Right back at’cha on the friend thing. Work, health, and real life can be such witches when it comes to squeezing out words. Sometimes, you just need to let life flow, take a break, and when the time is right, come back to it. Some people are driving to write and publish. Some people just like to make up stories and write them down. Some never get to The End because theirs is a “neverending” story. Not matter the circumstances, we need to do what we love–whatever that is and in whatever form it takes. Hang in there and I hope you find a new show to binge on! 😉

  2. Latesha B. says:

    I used to write stories when I was a kid and then switched to poetry in high school. I’ve entered contests where you have to write scenes and I’ve taken part in round robins for writing. I think I fear writing my own stories because I’m not sure I have what it takes. I write scenes or bits of dialogue from time to time. I just need to settle myself down and write the story that lives in my heart and mind.

    • Silver James says:

      Yes, yes you do! You’ll never know until you try and besides, it’s not like you have to ever show it to anyone if you don’t want to. I’ve always told stories. And I went through the whole poetry thing in high school and college and even had a few accepted for “contest” anthologies–through the schools, no money or prizes involved. LOL I also wrote “puff” pieces (non-fiction humor) for a local paper. I wrote my first “book” in a spiral notebook in the 9th grade. I shared chapters with my BFF (who stared in the story with me, along with our fave pop stars, Peter Noone (Herman of Herman’s Hermits) and Davy Jones of the Monkees. Yes, I AM dating myself, why do you ask? 🤣 Thing is, I kept writing, occasionally submitting when a “beta” reader said the story should be published. Still took me a LONG time to get there. Even if I’d never published, I’d still be writing stories, just for me. 🥰

  3. You know me, so you have my answer. But… I do dream of someday being a writer again. I’m not sure if that part of my life is over now, though. I gives me a sad to contemplate not ever writing again, but that may be where my life is headed. Maybe I can try again in the future when I have my second retirement. :sigh:

    • Silver James says:

      **Big Hugs** Sometimes, lives change and we do what we have to do. Whether you do or not, I still have all the books you’ve published and have loved every last one of them! They are there for posterity and that’s not a bad thing, m’friend. Not bad at all. 🙂

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