Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Just What I Needed.

Authors Brodi Ashton, Tera Lynn Childs, Lindsey Leavitt and Robin Mellom at yesterday's book signing.

For the past couple of weeks, I've been wallowing in self-doubting despair when it comes to writing. Turns out, the second draft is even harder than the first. Blah. It's been such a struggle.

Over the weekend, I left the house in hopes of burrowing myself away at the library for a few hours of productive writing. Away, away from the chaos that is my home on a Saturday morning! Good bye, noise that is my children. An hour later in blissful silence, I had my arms over laptop. Head hunkered down. Completely asleep. I may have been drooling. (For the record, I have a teething 9-month-old. I'm perpetually tired.)

 I got up to stretch and snap out of my sleepy solitude, and in the midst of my library walking I got lost in aisles of books instead. (Word count procrastination aside, I was really excited to get my hands on this.)

Besides wasting my writing time on a nap in the library, my research has also been discouraging too. I've been up to my eyeballs in articles related to query letters. Landing an agent. More stuff for my book. Instead of filling my head with useful advice, all my online obsessing has given me an overwhelming information overload headache.

Can I really do this?

Answer: .....


Because last night, I had a bit of a break through. I was able to see a glimmer of light at the end of this tunnel of dark, dark gloom when I went to a book signing at my local bookstore. I'm still keeping up with my goal from last year to attend one writing related event every month, and I'm really glad I did. You never know what you'll need to hear.

My two oldest kiddos totally captivated by Nick Bruel's January visit to Barnes and Noble.

Back to last night. Hearing these authors speak yesterday about their craft helped me remember that writing a book is possible. Also, very attainable. Many of them echoed the same advice: finish your book. It will help you write the next one.

Brodi Ashton even shared her magic writing acronym, BICHOK which stands for: Butt In Chair Hand On Keyboard. It was pretty funny.

Seated around a large bookstore table with a handful of authors, I heard what I needed to hear. I guess it was just what I needed. (Cue The Cars theme song here.)

I'll try my best not to fall asleep.

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