One thing I’ve noticed is the more I write books, the more I love the stories and the process of writing. As much as my first ever book, Runaway Magic, has a place in my heart, each additional book is more fun to write.
I love the second book, Facing the Fire, because I introduced new characters, and you see Aili interacting with other mages more. She’s still saving the forest, but as always, she has help. She also has fun. My favourite thing about writing is the characters. I love to see them in various situations and see how they react to life.
The third book, tentatively titled Healer’s Strength, is bringing new joys for my writing. I started the final draft only this last week, and already I’m speeding along. Is it perfect? No writing is. Every book has scenes we’re not as excited about or maybe wish we worded differently, but writing should be fun, even as we do our best. I get to bring back some familiar characters and send Aili somewhere new.
The more books I write, the more I can relax and enjoy the process of writing. I still give each book the care and attention it deserves. My goal is to put out the best books I can. I also want to enjoy it. I’m having so much fun with book three that I’m averaging 4000 words a day. I have the advantage that the story is written, I just have to put it in final form, and I do that by re-writing into a new file. That’s how I have a word count to go by.
As I get writing, I have so much fun with a scene that it just flies by. I may pass through transition scenes, too, but even those I like. Still, there are more and more scenes I love. Sometimes I don’t want to stop writing, even though my body wants me out of the chair for a while. I can take breaks and come back, writing more scenes I love.
When watching a webinar by an author, she had something interesting to say that I loved. She has both self-published and traditionally published, and she loves self-publishing best. She reminds us that we can write whatever excites us, whatever story we love, because we are ultimately responsible for the books we put out when we self-publish.
I take Saturdays off writing, but write every other day. I’m having so much fun that I debated whether or not to keep writing, even on my day off. No, days off are good for us, so I chose to take it, but tomorrow I’m excited about getting up and going at the writing.
Write what you love. Write what makes you feel. Write when you can. Most importantly, love writing!
I’ve been writing stories for myself for years. Now, I’m a published author. No genre is off limits, though I have some favorites.