Somewhere out there must be a writer who loves editing.
That person is not me.
Out of the entire book writing/outreach/administrative/publishing parts of writing, editing has to be my least favorite. I've tried everything I can think of to make the process smoother--even writing from an outline (I hate outlines and much prefer to follow the story as it unfolds), but nothing seems to make it easier.
As you can see from the photo above, I've now resorted to sparkly gel pens and highlighters along with tea and pumpkin-scented candles to keep me going. Whatever works, right? ;)
As I work on the edit of the next novel I'm struck by something: there is a "next novel." I am so blessed. Despite the angst I feel about editing, despite the fact that I'm not some huge, best-selling novelist, I get to write books. What fun! And some people buy them. Amazing!
Counting My Blessings
It's easy to get caught up in the why-can't-I-be-as-popular-as-that-author type thoughts, especially when you work alone day after day. I'm making it more of a point though, to count my blessings when it comes to work (and life in general).
What a thrill to be able to write for a living!
I've dreamed of this for years and years: when I worked as a receptionist; when I toiled as a vet tech; when I helped women in the clothes store pick out that "just right" dress; when I was employed for several years in human services where I worked as everything from a DUI program assistant to a case manager.
When you have a creative dream, do all you can to make it reality. Even if you work on it in tiny chunks (like say, writing a book in 15-minutes a day), keep going. Even when people make snide remarks about "getting a real job," keep going. Even when you're stuck in the 9-5 treadmill life, do whatever you can to move just a little closer toward your dream.
And hey, if you find yourself in need of a pep talk, drop me a line: jpcwrites (at) gmail (dot) com. I love talking with other creatives and may have a tip or two that will help you.
What's more exciting than receiving a free book? Giving six away!
This week, you can grab a copy of any of my books for FREE. That's right, dear readers, from Saturday, 10/13/18 through Thursday, 10/18/18, a copy of each one of my digital books will be available for free download on Amazon.
Q: "Which book will be available when?"
A: That's part of the fun.... You'll have to keep an eye on my author page on Amazon or on my Facebook or Twitter feed to find out!
Q: "Will your newest book be part of the giveaway, or is this just for older titles?"
A: Nope, all the books will be available for a single day, free of charge. Even Let the Dead Rest, my newest suspense novel, will be part of the giveaway.
Q: "So, how does it work exactly?"
A: On Saturday, 10/13, the first of my six novels will be available on Amazon for a free download. On Sunday, a new book will be featured for you to grab for free. And that will last six days, giving you the option of collecting my entire library of books for free. :)
Of course, if you don't want to wait, you can nab one right now. Or perhaps try the new Green Mountain Trilogy, a collection of three of my most popular supernatural suspense titles?
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