Have you ever felt like that? I feel it all the time. I'm inexperienced, un-higher-educated, and I lack the communication skills necessary to deliver an award-winner, knock-your-socks-off novel (that of course someone will want to make a movie out of.) I dream too big, and my reach falls short. My glass is always half-empty. Then...
I get an e-mail like this: You ruined me! I read When Love is not Enough and ever since I finished it I can't read anything else! Nothing interests me! I must have 50 books on my kindle still to read and I start one and then just go back to WLINE.
I got this at just the right time because I was feeling inadequate, uninspired, and deflated. I had hit a roadblock. I was writing Names Can Never Hurt Me and I was going strong when this feeling of dread hit, like it was somehow a boring story. I don't want to be boring. The answer isn't always "add more action" because sometimes the story doesn't include a car accident or a random shooting. How do I add "action" to a true to life account of a person's day-to-day existence? Nick's struggle is identity related. (this is rhetorical) I didn't know how to carry the story. I have some ideas but lacked the time to write them this week.
Bummed, I picked up The Locker Room and reread it. Dumb idea! I will NEVER write as good as Amy Lane. Her attention to detail blows me away. Then I thought, "I can't write like that!" How do I expect to get anywhere when there are writers that just do it perfectly?
That e-mail came at the right time because it got me thinking about WLINE... When Love is Not Enough for those unfamiliar with my acronym. (Sadly, I even doubt my usage of the word acronym like I used it wrong.) Thinking about WLINE, and then the sequel which is still with a publisher for consideration, led me to think of book 3, and Darian! Darian is the focus of book 3. LTLTA... Love, Trust, and Learning to Live Again. Darian's story has been sitting for a while now at 14k. I think I have been totally inspired to pick it up, set "Names" aside, and write the emotionally gripping story of my most broken character!
So thank you, reader, for taking the time to e-mail me. I need encouragement sometimes because this writing business is hard. Too many good writers to count and I feel all too often how much I do not measure up.
All for now, I gotta go!
Have a great weekend.