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Balancing Family and Writing #WritersLife by @AuthorLynnBurke

Balancing Family & Writing

Balancing life in general – hubs, children, and home under construction with my writing hobby has always been an issue. How do I do it? Every day is different, but for me life comes first.

Children whining? I leave my desk (kitchen table). Children want me to read to them? I put down my WiP edits and take the stack of books they’re holding out to me.

Some days I sit and play Legos or join them in coloring pictures, my mind in la la land plotting the next scene.

If I’m scrubbing a toilet, showing my girls how to knead bread, chasing Little Man around the house, sitting with the hubs at night while watching reruns of Pawn Stars or American Pickers, my mind is often on the characters inside it screaming for attention – who they are and how they speak. Of course, some days I’m unable to multi task so grilling supper and kissing boo boos has my full attention.

Story of my life…is that a laptop buried beneath all that junk?!?

Often times I’ll go days – weeks – without writing a single new word because life demands my unwavering focus. This is the reason I’m lucky to button up one novel in three years rather than three in one like some authors I know! Lucky ducks. That’s probably why I stick to shorts & novellas.

I don’t know how others do it. I suppose if there wasn’t a young man hollering “I’m done!!!,” and fighting, screaming sisters, cluttered rooms with countless toys, crayons, trucks, and dolls it might be possible. Would I change things, though, if given the chance?

Absolutely not.

My two girls and a almost four-year- old son (I guess throw the hubs in there too *wink wink*) come first for me. Always have, always will.

Perhaps once all my precious ones are in school and the construction zone we call a remodel in progress is finished, I’ll find more time for my hobby. Until then, I’ll just keep plugging along scribbling whenever and wherever.

~ Lynn

Not Blocked, Just Sloooow by Lucy Felthouse (@cw1985) #writerslife

Hi folks,

Lately, I’ve been having a bout of writer’s sloooow. I think I might have just made up the name, there. Unlike writer’s block where we just stare at screens and nothing comes out, writer’s slow is where we know where we want to get to, but are struggling immensely. Yesterday I managed about 500 words, which got me to the end of a chapter. And every word felt like I was dragging it out of me and onto the page. Yes, I achieved something, but I can usually do a lot more than that!

The trouble is, I then got into bed later on and started thinking about what I was going to do with the next chapter. It was then I realised I’d made a huge screw up in the previous sloooow chapter. It’s easily fixable, I think, but then I got to wondering if perhaps that was why I was struggling so much. Did my subconscious notice my boo-boo, and make it difficult for me to move on with the story? If so, subconscious, why the hell didn’t you say something!? Keeping it inside doesn’t help me. *sigh*

Now it’s time to go back and fix the mistake, and see if I can move forward from there. Let’s hope things speed up from now on in… I want to release this book next month!

Happy Reading,

Lucy x

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Author Bio:

Lucy Felthouse is the award-winning author of erotic romance novels Stately Pleasures (named in the top 5 of Cliterati.co.uk’s 100 Modern Erotic Classics That You’ve Never Heard Of, and an Amazon bestseller), Eyes Wide Open (winner of the Love Romances Café’s Best Ménage Book 2015 award, and an Amazon bestseller) and The Persecution of the Wolves. Including novels, short stories and novellas, she has over 160 publications to her name. She owns Erotica For All, and is one eighth of The Brit Babes. Find out more about her writing at http://lucyfelthouse.co.uk, or on Twitter or Facebook. Sign up for automatic updates on Amazon or BookBub. Subscribe to her newsletter and get a free eBook: http://www.subscribepage.com/lfnewsletter

Being Unique by @AuthorLynnBurke #WritersLife

Being Unique!!

Every individual is just that—a person with their own thoughts, actions, and quirks. I look at my three brothers, all from the same two amazing parents as me, and they’re so different from each other you wouldn’t think they were siblings. While some mannerisms and sayings are similar from a shared childhood, they are three very different men.

Me & my brothers!!!

When writing, I believe it’s important to let who we are shine through. While I would love to write a story like Roni Loren and be what I would consider successful, using her style—her voice—would be a lie. I am not the fabulous Roni!

When we put our thoughts onto paper we are baring our souls and the voices within our heads. We all have stories to tell, ones unique to us and our thought processes and patterns. If we all told stories in the same way no one would buy books anymore.

Lets face it. We humans are fickle creatures. We like variety, the ‘greener’ grass on the other side of the road. For me, there’s nothing more thrilling than picking up a book and finding a fresh new outlook on life EVERY SINGLE TIME. Personally, I want to be challenged. I want to meet new people and make new ‘friends’, authors who speak to my senses and introduce me to the worlds found within their minds.

There’s nothing better than having close friends and family read my manuscripts and tell me they can see me—HEAR—me within the lines. Gives me that ‘woohoo!!!’ feeling.

Is it scary making ourselves so vulnerable?

Absolutely, but who doesn’t want others to like us, who we are within the deepest part of ourselves?

I may never make a million bucks with my writing, but if I make a few new friends and connect with readers, then I’ve accomplished an even greater goal.

Sharing my unique self.

Xoxo!

~Lynn