Realistic Expectations

I am working on the last chapters of The Omphalos of Delphi. I might not make the deadline for an October release. Even though this news is bothersome, it seems more practical to perfect the book. I don’t want to be rushed, then wind-up unhappy with the finished product. With all the research involved, I am surprised I got most of the book done. I will continue to post my whereabouts on the book, and also update the launch date.
Thanks for your support.

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Realistic Expectations

When writing a book, everyone is guilty of fanaticizing about high sales, worldwide notoriety, and even certain actors casted for the movie. There’s nothing wrong with dreaming. However, once the book is finished, those fantasies can turn into expectations.
I’ll admit that I too have done it. After The Sphere of Archimedes was published, I anticipated reaping a bountiful harvest. My problem? My expectations were too high. It takes a while to build an audience, gain readership, and grow as a writer. The sales weren’t over the top like I hoped. It did generate money, but not enough to make a living.

 

It’s not ridiculous to think of fame and fortune. There are many published authors who were successful with their first novel. So, it can be obtained.

 

The point I’m trying to make is: be practical. Don’t dream so large that you see stars. If you do, and that dream doesn’t become a reality, you might have a hard fall. It could discourage you to never write again.

 

Take care, my friends 🙂

Envy

O, beware, my lord, of jealousy;
It is the green-ey’d monster, which doth mock
The meat it feeds on. That cuckold lives in bliss,
Who, certain of his fate, loves not his wronger:
But O, what damnèd minutes tells he o’er
Who dotes, yet doubts, suspects, yet strongly loves!

Othello by William Shakespeare

 

Crabs in a bucket

Did you know that crab fishermen do not put a lid on their catch?

If a crab tries to escape the bucket, the others will reach up and pull it back down. It is actually called the “Crab Mentality”.

Guess what? We humans do the exact same thing.

Envy is an emotion which occurs when a person lacks another’s superior quality, achievement, or possession and either desires it or wishes that the other lacked it. In Latin, invidia is the sense of envy or jealousy, a “looking upon” associated with the evil eye, from invidere –“to look against”, “to look at in a hostile manner”.

I have watched beautiful and talented people pulled-down by those closest to them either friends or family members. Also, I’ve witnessed people within the business world squash their co-workers in fear of being “out-shined”.

Did you ever think that if one got to the top, they might reach down and help another? It could happen. We should be encouraging not discouraging . Think about it, all those crabs are doomed to die, but if they just helped each other they might not be in that predicament.

LIFT DON’T PULL.

Take care, my friends.

Practice Makes Perfect?

Where I’m at Wednesday

I am working hard to finish The Omphalos of Delphi by August 1st.

 

Perfection

 

I hate to tell you this, but your manuscript with NEVER be perfect.

 

Writing a novel has its moments of gratification—creating scenes, characters, and dialogue. Sometimes it is very tempting to go back and edit before the book is finished. Over the years, I have learned not to get into this habit. Editing prematurely can cause frustration, obsessiveness, and stop you from finishing your goal. There are times when writers just need to write. Get your story out first, and then go back to do edits.

 

Once you have finished the book, cleaned up the story, fixed grammar errors, and added or subtracted the issues, you need to LET IT GO.

 

Did you know that you could over-edit and kill a story?

 

I started doing such the thing with my second novel. I kept going over and over it, trying to make it “perfect”. I wound up eliminating building blocks to my main character. I honestly didn’t think they were important, but after a friend read the reedits he told me that he didn’t like it.

 

Trust me, I know how difficult it is to hand the manuscript over to an editor. If you have your main problems solved and corrected grammatical errors to the best of your ability, you are good to go. Stop stressing. Stop obsessing. You can do this!

 

Good luck.
Take care, my friends. 🙂

Motivation

Where I’m at Wednesday

 

UGH! Over the last few weeks, I have struggled in researching the back story. The Omphalos of Delphi dabbles in Greek  and Assyrian mythology. Even though I love learning , I am drowning in all the facts and history. The time-consuming  research can take an entire day or several days to complete, depending on how deep I need to go.
I am working to make the deadline by August, then send the manuscript to the editor. So far, the book release date is October 17, 2014. I hope I can make it on time. If not, then I will have a spring release instead.

 

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Motivation

 

I love this picture. Sometimes, I feel I NEED a shark to boost my motivation. Staying focused is a constant struggle for me
Here are some tips to stay motivated:

 

Scheduling
Write out a schedule of when , where, and how long to write. STICK TO IT. Try to look at it as a  job.

 

Set a deadline
Deadlines don’t necessarily have to be the entire manuscript. You can do a chapter-by-chapter deadline, either for the day or week. Make it an obtainable goal so you don’t burn  out.

 

Remove Distractions
Believe me, I know distractions. I wrote three books with kids & pets running around, phones ringing, televisions blaring, and a demanding full-time job. You won’t be able to eliminate all distractions, but do whatever you can to minimize the noise and stress.

 

Friend accountability
Have a friend hold you accountable. You can arrange for them to call daily to guarantee that you are working. Also, let your friend know if you are struggling; they may give you  encouragement or have helpful advice.

 

I wish you the best of luck.
Take care, my friends 🙂

 

Self Doubt

Where I’m at Wednesday June 4, 2014

I am still plugging away simultaneously on chapters 23, 24, and 25 . Now that it’s June, panic has become a reality. A flame under my britches might get things moving faster! But, I must keep calm and stay focused.
Will people be upset with me if I don’t finish on time? J.K. Rowling took two years in between each novel. LOL!  No worries. . . I’ll finish. 🙂

 

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Self Doubt

 

 

You’re not good enough.

                                                     The story sucks.

                                                                                         No one will ever read it.

You might as well give up.

                                                     You’re not qualified.

 

For years, I have heard these whispers in my ears and many many more.
Self-doubt can be the killer of ideas, the defeater of goals, and vanquisher of dreams. We all suffer from it. If you Google: “Famous people suffering with self-doubt”, you’d be amazed how many actors, writers, artist, and politicians suffer with it on a day-to-day basis.
After extensive research on the subject from tipsters to psychologists, self-doubt is a REAL issue that needs to be identified and stamped out.
As human beings we naturally lean toward the negative; somehow it makes sense to us. Let’s face it, the world can be a negative place—just turn on the news and watch it for ten minutes. Our minds tend to remember the bad stuff verses the good. Why? I don’t know. We just do.
In dealing with self-doubt you need to take control before it controls you.
First off, identify your doubt or insecurities. For every negative message you hear, try countering it with something positive. Recently, I read an article about a young actor who wrote inspiring messages to himself on sticky-notes. Then he plastered them to a wall. Anytime he’d feel insecure or doubt, he would read each sticky-note.
My own vortex of self-doubt whirled me into believing my story was no good. I am glad to say that it never stopped me from writing; in fact it compelled me to finish each book. I was ashamed of my first novel, thinking it was horrible. That’s why it went from printer to box, and never moved. Last year, I dug it out and read the entire 100,000-word novel in one night. I thought, Hey, it’s not that bad.”
If you struggle with self-doubt, you are not alone. But please don’t surrender to it and give up. Your decisions now can compel you further, or cause a lifetime of regret
Take care my friends

 

Writer’s Block

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Writer’s Block:

You’ve got the best idea ever!! The story has wonderful characters, interesting plot twists, and a climax that will WOW everyone. Then you sit down to type it out—nothing. Hours go by—days—weeks—you start to sweat, and still the only thing you can produce is updating your Facebook status. Panic has set in. If you are a serious author, you keep trying. Unfortunately, this is the point where many wannabes give-up.
WRITER’S BLOCK is something we’ve all suffered through. I don’t know what causes it, the Ins & Outs, and “the whys” (I’m not sure  I’d want to know). But, I will tell you how I avoid the “writer’s deathtrap”.
At times, I don’t FEEL like writing. I’ve lost interest. My brain gets tired of imagining far-off places, I most likely never will see. I get sick of fictional characters taking up my thought processes. The reading, rereading, and editing gets cumbersome. Some days I hate it.  
My writers’ group has a worksheet that pushes you to write 9 minutes a day; however, I cannot dedicate those minute moments to writing without losing my creativity. If I wrote daily, my story wouldn’t flow; it would be flat. I have to step away from it, for as long as it takes to get ideas.
It helps to keep my mind busy on other tasks. Exercising, reading, or household chores takes me away from the tediousness of my story structure. Some of the best thoughts came to me when I was at work. I’d be running around in my crazy, management job and BLAMO an awesome idea would pop into my head. At that point, I immediately grabbed the nearest piece of paper or on occasion my palm, and scribbled down the thoughts. Do whatever you can to preserve that moment, idea, or train of thought.
Trust me, the instant you stop stressing about your story, the creativity will flow. Until then, preoccupy your time with research, meeting other authors, and/or joining a writing group. Stay focused on the backbone of your story—make an outline. The most important advice to give is: “Don’t give up!”
Did you know that 97% of writers do not finish their books?

 

                   Will you be part of the 3%?

 

                             Let’s hope so.

 

                                 Trust me, you’ll feel great after writing it.