Rockin’ Out with My Muse

“The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt with the heart.” —Helen Keller

Rockin’ Out to: WILD ONES, Flo Rida featuring Sia

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Lately my writing has been pretty sporadic, however, the one thing that’s been a constant this year is my muse. It seems she’s pushing me hard to get words down on paper by sprinkling an overabundance of ideas. I really can’t keep up with her and I know she’s pissed off that I’m going at a snail’s pace. Frankly, I’ll blame it on a thing called life.

I’ve already written a few proposals that were sent out this year and now I’m trying to finish two more before tackling 2 novellas set for release and, yet another proposal that is a genre I didn’t think I’d ever dare attempt. Seriously though, I’m excited about the challenge!

Well, I’d have to say I adore everything I’ve written so far and I hope the editors will too. Unfortunately, once my agent submits the proposals, it’s out of my hands. With publishers becoming more selective these days, it’s even more competitive between authors. This translates to longer wait times. I may not get a response from an editor for 2-6 months (if I’m lucky) while they review the materials and make a decision. This year I’ve probably already gotten a stack of rejections, either because they purchased stories similar to mine just weeks prior (which sucks), or they didn’t like my voice. I suppose my writing isn’t exactly mainstream enough and it’s really not literary enough…so where does it fall? I’m not quite sure, but I do know that when it lands in the right editor’s hands who will just “get” my voice…then I’ll be a happy camper. You see, this writer’s road is paved with rejections but it doesn’t discourage me enough to make me want to quit. In fact, it’s lit a fire under me. At least I know when the day comes that contracts are stacking up on my desk and I’m the one who can pick and choose, I will still appreciate the price of being an author. I’ll embrace the deadlines, the stress, the pressures, the high expectations because that’s what I signed up for…

The reality of all this is that I LOVE writing! I love weaving stories that will make a reader laugh, cry, and fall in love with my characters….that’s why when I get a fan email out of the blue, it is perfect timing, and it’s the most precious thing in the world!!!! The reader is telling me how much they enjoy my stories and I can’t tell you what kind of high that is! Their words inspire me even more and it gives me that extra push to continue penning stories, even when the going gets tough and the rejections keep flowing…

Right now, I’m cranking up the music and will be rockin’ out with my muse. It’s all about the writing tonight…