Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Okay, so here's the truth...

March was a crazy month. I had so many awesome book things going on thanks to the Golden Blood Blog Tour, among other things. I had new Twitter followers, new Facebook likers, the most sales I'd ever had, great reviews flooding in. It was amazing!

Now April has arrived and I feel like it's all come to a screeching halt. I know things go up and down so I'm not actually too stressed. If anything, life has come into a quiet patch... and this is where I'm struggling.

After months of busy marketing and frenetic work, I am now in a place where I can really focus on my WIP... the one I have been trying to get into for a few months now, but have had to keep pushing aside.

I had some time free yesterday and flapped about doing everything but getting stuck into my writing. I had lots of little jobs to get done... jobs that possibly could have waited, but I kept reasoning that if I could just get them out of the way first. Last night I had another chance to write and once again I filled the time with excuses. As I hopped into bed, I had to ask myself why... and here's the truth.

I'm scared.

I haven't written anything in a really, long time. It took me three years to finalize The Time Spirit Trilogy and the next book that's due out - Forbidden Territory - was written before I even started the trilogy. Sure, we've done major edits on it, but it has been a REALLY long time since I sat down and started a project fresh and I'm worried I can't do it.

What if I've lost my touch?
What if this book totally sucks?
What if I can't pull it altogether?
What if I can't write a page turner?

The doubts seem to be endless.

Is that stupid?

Logically, I know I can. I just have to start, but procrastination keeps kicking my butt.

Do you ever feel this way?
What holds you back from writing?


  1. You can do it!! It's okay to be scared. Everyone that I know is scared when they start writing a new book. Just sit in front of the computer and try writing for 15 minutes. If nothing happens, do it again tomorrow. I bet it won't take long before ink will be spilling from your fingers.

    1. Thanks so much for your encouragement, Connie :) I am pleased to say that after publishing this post, I opened up Scrivener and got started on character profiling and research of the setting. It's great to get started... am feeling excited already. Hopefully by the time I get to the writing, it will just flow naturally. One day at a time :)

  2. I know you can do it! And I can't wait to read it.... write write write!!

    1. You are the world's best cheerleader. Thanks sweetie :)

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