Mind the Gap

Did you miss me? After years of consistent weekly blogging, there was a six-month gap between posts.

gap (n.)
1. a break or hole in an object or between two objects
2. a space or interval; a break in continuity
© 2017 Oxford University Press

The end of 2016 was so terrible and then no sooner had 2017 arrived when someone verbally attacked my writing style. I needed a break — not from writing, but from a lot of the distractions.

gap year (n.)
A period of an academic year, taken by a student as a break between school and university or a college education.
© 2017 Oxford University Press

My break wasn’t so different than a student’s gap year. Instead of exploring the world and its cultures, I explored the world and cultures of my characters. I put my butt in the chair and kept my hands on the keyboard. I wrote every single day.I’m still writing every single day. The results have been astounding.

I’m still writing every single day. The results have been astounding.

 

haunted women 5 book set - small version
These covers are better than the originals but I’m still not completely happy with them. Once all five books are out, I’ll likely rebrand again using Chris Fox’s book as a guide.

 

In addition to a rebrand of the Haunted Women Tales (which included publishing the next installment, ROAD TRIP) I’ve ghost written novellas (soon to be four) and, as of last week, added LOVE’S SILVER LINING to the First Street Church series for Kindle Worlds.

Without the distractions, my mind is more focused. I’m finally living an author-centric life and I love it. Working more means less free time — which means I’m more stingy about how I spend it. 99% of the time it’s going to be with my husband or our sons.

I also added the “News Feed Eradicator” app to Google Chrome. It replaces my news feed on Facebook with inspirational quotes as well as ones I added, such as “The road to hell really is paved with adverbs” and “Why the hell aren’t you writing?”

 

my vision board
My authorship vision board.

 

The Author Transformation Alliance has been a big part of my, well, transformation. A membership group with a low monthly fee, it offers weekly challenges to help writers grow and stretch outside their comfort zones. Some challenges are a bit more daunting than others.

During “Vision Board” week, I used Canva to create the above image. I wanted to spend more time with my dog, achieve higher book sales, take more time to relax, finish THE POSTMAN ALWAYS DIES TWICE and mail it to this fella in the Big Apple, and at least plot the sequel, KICKED THE BUCKET LIST.

Oh, and someday I’d like to have one of my books turned into a Hallmark movie. Considering how many friends and acquaintances I know through Facebook who have had this happen, it’s a realistic goal. I have to work hard and avoid the bad habits and negativity that dragged me down prior to my six-month gap.

If you’re having trouble getting words on the page, then maybe it’s time to take a little breather and refocus your energy. Go somewhere without WiFi or put your computer in “airplane mode” and write. We’ll be here when you get back and we can’t wait to read what you’ve written.

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