Distractions. Procrastination. These two words consistently show up on my blog. I think many writers and aspiring authors struggle with these two concepts. Always finding something else to do while the writing waits patiently to be finished… or to be started. We’ve all heard the call to write. We have all read quotes from authors we look up to. We’ve read and perhaps even written blog posts that speak to us about not writing enough, about being consistent – Stephen King wrote every day, why don’t you? Then we feel the guilt-fueled inspiration to dig right into it, and it works for a while but a few days, perhaps a week, or month later it’s back to having the desire but not the will to write. In all honesty it sucks.
This isn’t some “New Year, New Me” fad that I discover later on to be nothing more than a short lived emotional spike that dwindles back to the reality that I’m the same person this year as I was last year. It’s a goal. It’s an island in the sights of my spy-glass and I’m rowing towards it with purpose. There may be storms and there may be smooth sailing but at the end of the day, I’ll pull up to beach as I arrive on the island. If I stop rowing, I may eventually get there but it will take much longer and perhaps drift me off course. If I keep rowing, if I keep writing, I’ll get there faster.
I’ve dabbled in a number of genres from romance to fantasy to political thrillers and other interesting genres. It’s been fun and educational. Yet those genres don’t click with me like the horror genre does. In fact, I lost quite a bit of the spark that used to fuel my horror stories and that’s something I’m still at two minds about. Nicolette Stephens, owner of Chasing Dreams Publishing, a writer and a good friend to me, said this about one of my stories,
“If you’re going to write horror, you need to actually embrace it, rather than holding back for fear of it being too dark. Otherwise it blunts what could be a very sharp edge.”
It’s fantastic advice, and is the reason I trust her without question regarding my written work. It’s not gone completely, if you’ve read my Friday Fiction shorts you’ll see I try and add an element of it, but it’s not really horror is it? Not at the right capacity anyway. Horror was the first real genre I fell in love with both reading and writing. It will probably continue to do so for a long while still.
Lot’s more happening in 2017. This week will be updates and getting back into the regular flow of things so you’ll get to be with me on this journey. Nonetheless, what are you goals for 2017?
Bring on some more homicidal red roses 😛 Just joking – looking forward to all the twisted stuff you’re going to write this year 😀
Now I’m going to be scared to read your stories. Ha ha
haha I apologize in advance.
No apologies necessary–ever. I will just read you like I do one of my favorites, Stephen King, with horrid fascination, appreciating the wonderful writing.
I saw the first couple of words on this post, and I was like, “Yep. That’s me.” My goals are actually similar to yours, but I have drawing practice in addition to writing and reading more. Best of luck with your goals! 🙂
Thanks Kris! I figured a lot of us would resonate with that first sentence haha. I’ve heard it enough times to know I’m not the only one.
Looking forward to seeing those drawings coming to life as well. Best of luck to you too with your goals!
Onward to 2017!
I think you have great goals for 2017 and beyond! And that it wonderful advice from Nicolette.. I’ve always loved your writing, even though horror isn’t exactly my cup of coffee. I’m looking forward to your accomplishments this year. 🙂
Thank you 🙂 and yes she’s my favourite editor because of her honesty and directness haha. I’m also looking forward to them haha. Looking forward to yours too!
I’m not a fan of horror (sorry!) but everything else in the post, especially the first paragraph, was so relatable! I hope that you find your niche and get writing soon.
I put up a list of my goals on my blog, but they’re not all writing related. It was nice getting to know yours. Happy new year! 🙂