Writing

Finding the way back

I wrote my last blog post thirty days ago. Thanks to all who commented on that post and wished me happy holidays. I did have a wonderful family Christmas and New Year’s, ending with a pleasant weekend in the Sierra Nevada where I saw snow falling for the first time in several years. And yes, I caught some on my tongue … and fingertips and lashes.

At the time I wrote my last post, I thought it might be the last time I’d blog. To be honest, I needed to push away the thought of writing—period. Last year, I so pressured myself, as a writer, to do and be that by December, I was not only exhausted, I was lost. So I just gave up.

Two years ago this month, I’d made the decision to self-publish my novel The Brevity of Roses and had started a final edit in preparation. I’m in the same position this year with my next novel An Illusion of Trust. This time, though, I’m more realistic about the amount of work left to do before I can announce publication and in what to expect after that day.

Actually, my only expectation for after publication day is deciding what project to work on next. I’ll continue blogging and hope to interact more on the blogs I read. I’ll try to be more engaged on my Facebook author page, but I’ll probably continue being practically invisible on other social media.

I’ve faced that I suck at book marketing. But I’m not going to continue beating myself up about that. I have to trust that An Illusion of Trust will find its way to the readers who are meant to read it. I love to write. I love to share that writing with others. I’ve found my way back to that true path and I’m going to keep my eyes focused on it.

Your turn: What path are you focused on this year?

18 thoughts on “Finding the way back”

  1. I am glad you are back. I missed your blogs. I share all of your frustrations, but ten steps behind you. We who are passionate about writing just can’t help but press on, right?

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  2. I’m sorry you felt like you needed to stop blogging. I pretty much stopped for all of December, so I know a little of the feeling! I think the most important marketing tool in a writer’s closet is just what you are doing … writing and publishing another book, then another and another. It’s certainly my main tool. You’re a wonderful, brilliant writer, and I can’t wait to read your new book. 🙂

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    1. I let myself get sucked into playing the author role, Michelle. Do you know what I mean? Whatever that is, I don’t know how to do it, so I gave up. I’m just going to write. Thanks for the encouragement to get this thing done. 🙂

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