Monday, January 8, 2018

Getting Back in the Swing #newrelease #newyear #goals

Its a brand new year and I'm trying to get back in the swing of things. December was a crazy month for me. I had four fantastic releases and received an amazing response to my work. I'm just thrilled by the response I have received. Especially after a very hard year.

Now that the books are out and being read, its time to get back to work writing the next book. And with such a great response I'm even more motivated to write. But getting back in the groove has been harder than I anticipated. Due to how publishing my last series worked, I haven't written anything new since July. I've spent the last six months revising and editing. I've been desperate to write for so long, I thought it would fantastic to finally have the freedom and time to write, but it hasn't been slow going. I couldn't decide what I wanted to write and it didn't feel like anything was speaking to me.

After days of getting frustrated and avoiding sitting down to write, I decided to sit down and write down anything that I was thinking about, any plot point or character that I wanted to, and just let it all out. I got a cup of tea, lit some candles, curled up in bed with my fur baby and just wrote down every idea that I had, without judgement.

Within a hour I'd written down every idea I'd had, put together a plot and the characters started to talk to me, slowly, in whispers, but they were there.

The words are flowing now. Though not as fast as I would like, movement in the right direction is always good. All that it will take is time to get back into the stream of inspiration, but I'm more than willing to put the time in to get there.

I'm starting to realize that what I need to get into that groove is to give myself a little freedom to let my muse talk, which is hard for me. But letting go of some of the control just might be exactly what I need to let the stories come to me.

Now that we are in a new year, for anyone else out there struggling to complete a task or get into a new creative groove, consider finding a way to give yourself a little freedom and space to let your creativity flow.

And in the meantime, I'll be writing and getting back in the swing of things.

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Tina Donahue said...

Congrats on so many recent releases, Willa!

Publishing is a crazy business - and gets more daunting each year. I'm glad you found a path going forward.

Hope 2018 is your best year ever! :)

jean hart stewart said...

You've had a great year! Those little voices will make sure you have another one just as good...