Ups and Downs of Writing
I hadn’t written a new word since June. I mainly stopped writing because my current WIP is the fourth book in a series, and the third was in months of limbo with the publisher. I didn’t see the point of writing book four, if three got rejected. Then, after a few more months, I decided to return to writing the forth book. Just as I started, I received a response on book three. Needless to say, the wind was completely blown from my ‘writing’ sails. The managing editor didn’t reject the book, but she didn’t offer a contract either. She had lots of comments, most about emotion. My writing high was crushed. I shut down my computer and I didn’t open the screen for a few days.
The sofa, my blanket, a book,
and a warm cup of hot chocolate were the escape I needed.
I thought about what I could do to up the emotion in this story. I considered the possibility that maybe I was focused more on plot than the emotion. After a few days of sulking and thinking, I put on my big girl pants and decided to try again.
I know what needs to be reworked in this story, and I’m ready to get going. Book four patiently waits my return while I get emotionally involved in book three. In the end, I’m certain the outcome will strengthen both books.
How do you handle writing stress?
The tip I want to share with writers, is writing isn’t easy. Getting the words from your head into print takes time, as does waiting to hear from a manuscript submission. Then, after all your hard work and time, maybe you won’t receive the response you were hoping for. The life of a writer has a lot of ‘ups’and even more ‘downs’. We have to take a step back, shrug off the negativity sitting on our shoulders, then return to the keyboard. Sometimes receiving bad news is just the kick in the butt we need. In the end, I believe it not only makes us stronger, but our writing as well.
Return to beautiful Redford Falls where a woman who knows what she wants and a man who knows what he needs. Nothing thaws the chill faster than a warm winter kiss.
She’s been on a flight from hell for over eight hours, lost four hours of daylight, and arrived in temperatures twenty degrees lower than accustomed to. Disliking winter for a reason she refuses to discuss, Danielle Lerato would rather be anywhere than in Redford Falls. She needs to get the job done and return home before getting caught up in the small town’s charm…and the arms of the handsome, brown-eyed restaurant owner.
Andrew Haley’s first encounter with the buttery blonde didn’t go so well, and he well-remembers the chill of the glass of water she dumped over his head. Now, two years later, a raging storm drops Danielle back into his life. She’s determined to leave, but he’ll do whatever it takes to convince her to fall in love with Redford Falls…and him.
An avid reader since childhood, Darlene loved to put a pencil to paper and plot out stories of her own. She writes heartwarming contemporary romances with a focus on plot-driven page-turners. When Darlene isn’t writing, editing, or reading, she enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, and Yellow Lab.
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