• Cover Reveals,  Facts of Life,  Indie Author Life,  Motivation,  Writing Journey

    Quitter Diaries + Cover Reveal (Whisper Edition)

    GUYS!! LOL! So, I have some thoughts I wanted to chat about today. Last month, just a couple of weeks ago, I had a moment. I was tired. I was cold. I didn’t want to edit. I didn’t even want to write anymore. This wasn’t brought on by anything in particular. Editing was going well. The sky didn’t fall on me. Side effect of being burnt out? As I was sitting there, feeling so sad about nothing, I told myself that I didn’t want to write anymore. And per usual, when this happens, I replied, “So don’t.” I gave myself permission to do nothing. No editing. Nothing productive. The next…

  • Facts of Life,  Inspiration,  Writing Journey,  Writing World

    What It Means To Develop “Thick Skin”

    When you’re a writer, you’re told early on to develop a “thick skin.” Publishers and magazines and agents are going reject you. Readers aren’t going to like you. You can’t take it personally. Blah, blah. But what does that actually mean? Recently, I listened to someone complain about how hurt they are by negative reviews. Someone told this person that they needed to develop a thicker skin and stop being extra sensitive and stuff. It’s not that I wouldn’t be upset if someone left a lengthy negative review on my work. It’s just I’m past the point where I’m going to excessively whine about it, especially in public (online). Not…

  • Facts of Life,  Indie Author Life,  Inspiration,  Motivation,  Writing Journey,  Writing World

    All the Times I Quit: Storytime

    Also known as “the art of feeling really bad about your writing self.” In honor of Insecure Writers Support Group day, I’m going to post about my confidence issues. I don’t officially participate in the hop, but I happen to want to talk about my writer insecurity today. Also, the question this month asked if you ever said “I Quit” and what made you come back to writing. That’s a soapbox for me, and funny enough, IĀ also wanted to talk about that. The main reason is because I need the pep talk. I feel like the first 20k words of “The Puppet Box” are trash, and while I know that…