Sometimes it’s easy to feel a bit like a machine – research story, plan story, write story, self-edit story, submit story, hope it gets accepted. If accepted, sign contract, work on edits, release day, promo like mad and hope people buy, read and enjoy said story. Rinse and repeat.
It can feel even more like this when you have on a whiteboard in your writing room a list of the next six things you need to write – two short stories, a novella, a novel, and two novellas, in that order. As the post title says, line ’em up, knock ’em down. Take each piece of work, tackle it, cross it off, move on to the next. And things get added to the list a lot, too!
That, however, makes it all sound kind of negative. Which, on a bad day, it can be. And we all have our off days. On an ordinary or a good day, though, it’s fantastic. Why? Because it means a few things:
1. Publishers and readers want more of your stories
2. Your Muse is alive and well and working you hard
3. No casting around for the next project when you’ve finished one
4. The deadlines and the rapidly-growing list are a silent pressure to make you get on with it
5. Knowing #1 makes it all worth it!
I’ve been reminded this week just how lucky I am to be doing what I do. I love writing, love creating worlds and stories. Even better, sometimes people want to publish it, and after that, some people even want to buy and read it. How fantastic is that?! And on top of all that, sometimes people even send me lovely emails and write me lovely reviews about my books and make me grin from ear to ear.
So, next time I’m having one of my off days and wondering how on earth I’m going to knock ’em all down in time for deadline – I’ll come back to this post, look at some of the fab reviews I’ve had and remind myself why I’m doing it. Because I love it 🙂
Lucy Felthouse is a very busy woman! She writes erotica and erotic romance in a variety of subgenres and pairings, and has over 100 publications to her name, with many more in the pipeline. These include several editions of Best Bondage Erotica, Best Women’s Erotica 2013 and Best Erotic Romance 2014. Another string to her bow is editing, and she has edited and co-edited a number of anthologies, and also edits for a small publishing house. She owns Erotica For All, is book editor for Cliterati, and is one eighth of The Brit Babes. Find out more at http://www.lucyfelthouse.co.uk. Join her on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to her newsletter at: http://eepurl.com/gMQb9