It’s Okay To Be Scared

I have some exciting news! I gave my book to someone for feedback. Before her, only my family and three of my closest friends had ever seen it. I have been working on the series for two years and have written three drafts of the first book. It had gotten to the point where I wasn’t sure how much more I could do without an outside opinion. So it basically came down to two options for me and the book: Let someone critique it or drop the project. And after two years I had become far too attached to the series to just give it up. So I decided to let someone read it. And I think the decision is going to better my book by leaps and bounds. It’s only been three days, and the amount of critique I’ve gotten already is way more than anyone has ever given me previously and it’s opened my eyes to a lot of mistakes that I hadn’t noticed before.

I guess what I’m trying to say here is to not let your fears get in the way of progress. Even if it’s just a couple baby steps at a time, keep moving forward. There was a point in time where I couldn’t even share a vague sentence from my book without panicking. But very slowly, I’ve been able to overcome my fears. I know I still have a long way to go, and that it’s taken me three years to get to this point but I did get here. And so can you. Just take it one step at a time. And remember, it’s okay to be scared. It’s okay to stumble. Just don’t let fear stop you from doing what you love most. Take a deep breath, get back up, and keep pushing through. 🙂

Hello, It’s Me.

I know, it’s been awhile… again. I’m sorry! I’m horrible at this whole blogging thing. It’s not that I don’t think about posting, it’s just that I never know what to post about. I’m also scared of not having everything perfect if you know what I mean. Like, what if I have a lot of typos or boring content and everyone ends up hating my blog because of it? O.o

I’ve been wanting to have an honest talk with you all for awhile to tell you why I don’t post very often. Well, there you have it. I guess I’m just not very confident and my posting consistency suffers because of it. I’m hoping to get better though.

What would you guys think of smaller posts? Because sometimes I have smaller thoughts to share but not enough to write a full length post on. Let me know if you’d be okay with that!

Plus, I’m going to be changing the name of my blog. Are you ready to hear the new title? *looks cautiously from side to side* *leans in really close to whisper*

My new blog title will be… Through The Reading Glass! For those of you who follow me on Instagram, this won’t be a surprise (and for those of you who don’t know already, I have an Instagram dedicated to books! Feel free to check it out! @Through_The_Reading_Glass).

I’m hoping that with the name change and the shift in content, I’ll be able to get this blog up and running more smoothly and consistently than it has before. Thank you all for being so patient with me. I’m trying. 🙂

How did I used to close these things out? Something like, talk again soon and until next time, remember to keep reading and keep writing!

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I don’t know about that anymore… I think I may start something new.

Keep creating!

I kind of like the sound of that one. 🙂

Writing Update and Goals

Okay guys, I’m going to write a quick post to update everyone on how my writing has been going. When 2015 started, I began to ease myself back into writing from the break I had given myself in December (I needed one, 80,000 words in a month really takes it out of a person). But now I am back into writing full swing. Last month, I signed up for this new website called Write All Year (WAY), which I will link if anyone wants to check it out. ( http://www.writeallyear.patchwork-press.com/ )

In a nutshell, WAY was created with the idea of keeping the community of NaNoWriMo all year round. It has forums, accountability tools, pep talks, and, my favorite, Twitter sprints. It was not created by the same people who brought you NaNoWriMo, and because it just started a few months ago, it’s not huge but, with time, I’m hoping it will grow. Using WAY I was able to keep track of my word count goal for February, and, with the help of WAY Twitter sprints, I wrote 50,453 words in the sequel to my 2014 nano novel.

In the past few months I have been working on the sequel to my 2014 Nano Novel, and editing the first Nano Novel. Yesterday, I signed up for Camp NaNoWriMo and am super excited about that! I’m not sure what I will be writing for it, because I’m not sure how long it will take me to finish my work in progress. I may be done with it by the end of the month. If I do finish my WIP this month, then I’ll probably start work on the third book in the series.

There are also two short story contests coming up that I am planning on entering. It will be the second time I’ve shared my writing with someone outside my small group of writer friends, which is kind of scary, but I’m doing it anyway. 🙂

Here is a list of my writing goals for this year.

  • Finish the second book in my trilogy
  • Start and finish the third book in my trilogy
  • Edit my first Nano Novel and let some people read it
  • Edit my Nano trilogy
  • Start a new book or series
  • Find a way to get my books printed in book form without publishing them          (if anyone knows how to do this, please leave a comment to tell me!)
  • Participate in and win Camp NaNoWriMo 2015
  • Participate in and win NaNoWriMo 2015
  • Start getting my work out there a little more

So, that was my quick update on how my writing has been going and my writing goals for 2015. Feel free to comment and tell me how your writing is going and what your goals for the year are! Talk to you later and, until then, remember to keep writing!