Saturday, April 2, 2011

Guest Post with Author K D Grace!!

NOT a Means to an End!

I just found out a few days ago that my novel, The Initiation of Ms Holly, was awarded ‘Top Pick’ status on The Romance Reviews. Okay, that’s my shameless promotion for the day. :)  I splashed my news all over Facebook and Twitter and shared it with my friends via email, then I want back to work…writing. My husband came home in the evening. He congratulated me, we had dinner then I went back to work…writing. Several hours later, I shut down the computer and shuffled off to bed already thinking about how soon tomorrow I could clear the decks and get back to work…writing. It hit me then that maybe I should have celebrated such good news. Maybe we should have gone out for dinner or had a bottle of fizz and watched a really good film or something. Instead…I wrote. You get the picture, and since I know a lot of you out there are writers too, I’m sure you know exactly what I’m talking about.

Celebrating can be so disruptive, and so often not nearly as much fun as… well, writing. Okay, I was on the final press to finish the manuscript of my second novel, The Pet Shop, and probably even more obsessive than usual, but I was just having so damn much fun!

Then Friday night, I finally finished the manuscript, and Saturday morning I got it off to Xcite. By the time I was finished, my husband had packed lunches into the rucksacks, made up a flask of tea and prepared water bottles. He knows his window of opportunity is slim. He had to get me slathered with sun screen, dressed in walking clothes and out the door before I decided that since The Pet Shop was done, there are a couple of short stories I’ve been dying to write before I get stuck into my next novel, Lakeland Heat Wave. But he’s good. He’s really good. He had me kitted up and out the door before I could give those short stories a second thought. Of course by the end of the day, for the last couple of miles, I was thinking about… you know, writing!

So, I decided to celebrate The Initiation of Ms Holly’s success and The Pet Shop’s send off by having a beer and, you guessed it, writing this blog post because I know you’ll all understand.

I’ve been thinking a lot about the writing obsession. Non-writers are always saying we should celebrate our successes or we should take a break, or we shouldn’t work so hard. They just don’t get it. Writing is NOT a means to an end. It IS the end. The story that we are inspired to put down is never ending. And it’s just as well because what on earth would we do with our time if we couldn’t write? It isn’t just important that I get on with the next project as soon as I get the last one out the door, it’s essential. (I get really twitchy if I don’t.)That’s how we writers are. It’s not about the destination. It’s about the journey, and the journey is every word we write, every idea that pushes its way out of our head onto the written page. The journey is also about all of our characters, whether we’ve created them yet or not. And it’s about the on-going back story that is forever unfolding in our heads, all the things we know about our characters and their lives that no one else knows – no one else will ever know because it never gets on the page. But WE know. We know it all.

Is it an obsession? Oh yes. Do I want the cure? Absolutely not! Am I afraid I’ll run out of stuff to write? No! I’m afraid I’ll run out of time to write stuff!

The truth of the matter is what I do to celebrate my writing successes, is write. What I do for recreation is write, what I do when I’m not writing is think about writing. Actually, you may not know this, but you are all participating, right this very moment, in my celebration party! So, grab a glass of wine, a pint, a Margarita, whatever your drink of choice is and raise it with me as we toast, not the destination, but the totally fabulous journey that is writing! On second thought, just grab a pen and paper or sit down with your laptop and write something!


K D Grace was born with a writing obsession. It got worse once she actually learned HOW to write. There's no treatment for it. It's progressive and chronic and quite often interferes with normal, everyday functioning. She might actually be concerned if it wasn't so damned much fun most of the time.

K D's erotic romance novel, The Initiation of Ms Holly, published by Xcite Books, is now available everywhere.

Her erotica has been published with Xcite Books, Mammoth, Cleis Press, Black Lace, Erotic Review, Ravenous Romance, and Scarlet Magazine.

Her second novel, The Pet Shop, also published by Xcite Books, will be available in October 2011.

Find out more about K D Grace on her website, http://kdgrace.co.uk. She's also on Facebook and Twitter.


Tina Donahue said...

"Writing is NOT a means to an end. It IS the end."

How true KD - if you don't feel compelled to write, if you're not obsessed with it, then you're not a writer.

Sarah J. McNeal said...

Congratulations on winning Top Pick from Romance Reviews, KD. No question about writing being an obsession. I wonder of they'll ever find the DNA match for that. THE INITIATION OF MS HOLLY looks like a wonderful story and has an amazing cover. What would we ever do without those talented artists? I wish you much success, KD.

Delaney Diamond said...

Great cover, KD!

I do agree it seems we don't have enough time to write, do we? We have multiple projects working at all times. So many ideas, so little time...

I have to disagree with you a little, though. Lol. I must take a break every now and again. I just finished a manuscript, so I'm on a break right now, and I'll start back writing in the next week or two.

During this period, I make notes as ideas come to me, set up promo opps, tweak my website, things like that.

I suggest you take a break from time to time. Trust me, it feels really, really good. I think we as writers should also take more time to celebrate our accomplishments, no matter how small we think it is. Even if it's just to sneak a slice of our favorite dessert--indulge! Not everyone can do what we do, and it makes each milestone that much sweeter.

Oh, and congratulations on your Top Pick award! I'm enjoying a pina colada as I celebrate with you.


Rawiya said...

Congrats KD again!

It is true, we never want to stop writing. We only celebrate a bit and move on to the next one. Sometimes you hate to put that latest WIP down because you have to do something else. I definitely know that feeling!

:) So happy for you.

Artemis said...

I do like that cover. Only one beer? Congratulations on the Top Pick.

Fiona McGier said...

So true, K.D. Yeah, the head is full of people alright...those whose stories I'm "hearing" and those who haven't had their turn yet but are patiently waiting for a chance to leap from my head onto a page so they can live in someone else's mind also. Unlike you I have to work multiple jobs and husband and kids drag my attention away from the laptop as often as they can manage. But even when I'm doing other stuff like cooking dinner, baking, sewing, driving, etc. I'm "listening". That's what makes us writers, I guess.
Congrats and good luck with sales.

K D Grace said...

Thanks everyone, for the lovely comments! And especially thanks to the Divas for having me on their fab site. Just to let everyone know, I DID take a break yesterday -- of sorts -- I had a lovely walk in the English countryside, and yes, only one beer at the pub, sadly. I had to make it back home, didn't I?

I'm very blest, Fiona, to be able to write full-time, and it may well be apart of my obsession, knowing what a gift it is makes me not want to waste a single second of it. I deeply admire all of my writing friends who juggle family, day jobs and a gazillion other things and STILL manage to find time to wrie fabulous stuff.

However we manage it, here's to the writing journey, and all the adventure we have along the way! Thanks again for having me, Divas!

K D Grace

Pommawolf said...

I love coming to this blog and reading such informational stuff. Being still empty nesters, cause they always come home..it is hard to get use to being by yoursleves when you've had no privacy for so long. You have ot learn to be together, and learn intimacy again. But learning is halp the fun...*S*
Thank you for the womderful ideas the play stuff.
Alway learn something new...*S*