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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

#IWSG-Pushing yourself and changing defeat

Welcome one and all to yet another episode of How the Writer Turns!  Today's saga is brought to you by the awesome folks behind the Insecure Writers Support Group, an institution created by Captain Alex, where writers across the land gather monthly, and in one voice, shout our fears into the great void!


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Today is all about pushing oneself, failing, getting back up and pushing some more.  For the last three months or so, I've been trying to get two books out. Yeah, not the brightest idea, especially when I have a full time day job as well.  But, I was working on book three of the fantasy series, when book one of the space opera trilogy started getting pushy.  She'd been written some time ago, and had already gone through first round edits. Things got worse once she had an awesome cover.

She wanted out.  If you have seen that cover off to the right- Warrior Wench- yeah, the heavily armed one, she is hard to say no to.

So I tried to do both.  The Emerald Dragon was the first focus, but in between editing rounds for it, I'd work on Warrior Wench.

Last Monday I admitted defeat- or rather an admittance of delay-for Warrior Wench and set her up as a pre-order.

The Emerald Dragon is up as an ebook (*points over to the right side of your screen for the handy link ;)); but still waiting for the print proofs to let the print version go live.






And, I've realized how hard I have been pushing myself. Not only the books, the full time job, but next week is the Romantic Times Booklovers Convention--the event is insane- plus I'm co-hosting a party which takes a lot of wrangling. I'm tired. I'll also be signing at The LA Festival of Books this coming Saturday.

But I pushed myself. I didn't let setbacks slow me down, instead I adapted my thinking and moved forward as best I could. And ya know what--it feels good :).

So, go push your limits today, see how that works for you :).

And happy IWSG DAY!!

14 comments:

  1. Sigh. (Note dewy eyes filled with tears of admiration.) Jeeze! You're my self-published Hero! Your blogs are filled with terms I can't wait to discover the meaning of in my own writing career. You are a wonder, Marie. Keep up the good work.

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  2. Enjoy all your accomplishments, Marie with a nice weekend off when it's done! Good for you!! :)

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    1. Thank you! That sounds like a VERY good idea!

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  3. I'm trying to write two stories at once myself, and sometimes I worry that I might be crazy. But it's great to be able to move over to a different project when the current one is stalled.

    BTW, I really do love your covers. I may be querying you about your cover artist at some time in the future.

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    1. Hey, it worked for Issaac Asimov! He would have multiple typewriters and move between projects ;).

      Thank you- I absolutely love her work!

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  4. I need to do more PUSHING...thanks for the motivation'

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    1. Excellent! I think we are always able to go further than we think :).

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  5. I also have a full time job and am trying to release two books in the next three months... we're masochistic sisters! Good luck to you :)

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    1. We're just determined! Good luck on your releases!

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  6. I read a report once on Smashwords that the most successful authors are those who release books for more than one series each year. It's tough to do, especially together.

    At the same time, a story must be told, you have to tell it. It's how I felt about my newest release. I don't write fantasy, I'm a sci-fi writer, but the story wanted to be told, so I did it.

    I don't have a job, but my disability makes me feel like I do, so I definitely understand the time constraints and energy in making your stories happen. Just got to do the best with what you have and maximize your resources to perform miracles.

    Best of luck to you.

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    1. That's very interesting! (And I am so using it as justification next time some says I'm crazy for having more than one series run at the same time ;)). Good luck to you as well!

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  7. Hi, Marie!
    I enjoyed this post so much I've subscribed. Happy IWSG day!!
    :-)

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