Good News, Everyone!
Several months ago, I posted that I will be writing what I want to write from now on, meaning short stories. I love writing fiction and eventually, I would like to write fiction full time. As of right now, I can't sustain myself by just writing fiction, so I work day jobs as many of us do.
Recently, my allotted time for reading, writing, editing, marketing, and all other authorial duties has been cut short. I posted about the change and I promised to put out as much content as I could with the time I have available, but I couldn't promise it would be every week like it had been in the past.
Now that we're all caught up, I have some good news. I will not be posting short stories every week. I won't even be trying to post a fresh short story every week. How is this good news? I will no longer feel obligated to put out content no matter how rough the "finished" product or weak the concept is.
I enjoy writing and I will do anything to keep writing from feeling like a chore. Sure there are always lulls in a project that seem to drag on forever, but if I can easily get rid of some mundane stuff, why not cut it where I can?
Does this mean I will not be posting my short stories to my blog anymore? No. I will post the occasional short story just because I love sharing my writing with my readers. Occasional might mean a short story each month, or it might mean going two or three months without a fresh one, and that's okay. I'm done stressing about it. I'll keep everyone updated with regular blog posts, but they will be to keep everyone in the loop regarding my current projects.
Cutting weekly short stories means I'll have more time for what I should be focussing on anyway. I'm launching Against the Rocks in a few short weeks, and I've already started writing book 3 to launch next year. I also want to enter writing contests. I've never entered one before and they sound like a fun way to hone my skills and get my name out there.
This all boils down to wanting to enjoy what I do, because if I don't enjoy it, what's the point? I'm done stressing about writing a fast and dirty short story on top of everything else I have to worry about. The blog will still be here, but I'm transforming it into something less formal so I can focus on quality regarding my larger projects.
Thank you for understanding and supporting my writing. My readers make this all worthwhile and I love making content for you.
As of right now, my "free time" revolves around Against the Rocks. I have just finished collaborating with my editor, Fiona. Tomorrow, I'll hire a proofreader from several interested prospects. From there, I just have to copywriter it, format it, upload it, check it cover to cover, attach the cover my brother designed, order a proof copy to once again check it over, plan my launch, and then release it to the world. Piece of cake.
Other than that, and work, I've been writing book 3, writing a two-part short story, reading The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch, and researching writing contests. To turn my brain off, I've been playing Cuphead, Diablo 3, and drawing a little bit here and there.
If you would like to support me as an author, please pick up a copy (paperback or Kindle) of my book Well of Bones by clicking here. Book 2 in The Forgotten Ways trilogy will be released in just a couple of short weeks. Catch up with the adventure because you will not want to miss out on the exciting second installment. If you've read Well of Bones already, please consider leaving a review on Amazon. A few minutes of your time means so much more to me, and I thank you in advance.
Thanks for reading.
Until next week,