Due to a last minute job switch for this school year, change is on my mind. Looking back when I first started this writing journey, I had no idea how much change would be involved! I'm hoping reflecting on some of the changes I've made will help some of the newer writers out there.
Change in Time
- I used to squeeze in writing
- now I plan for it, even when my life is its usual crazy chaos, I plan for those 15-30 blocks so my subconscious is working for me & I'm ready to write when the time comes
- I used to worry more about my social media presence
- now I let it happen after I'm done with writing for the day - if the writing doesn't happen, there's not much point in having a social presence to worry about!
- then I wrote a SF novel, a mystery, a YA steampunk & a MG spec fiction
- now I'm focusing on one genre (contemporary romance)
- I took a couple of years off from worrying about anything other than finding my voice and my niche - I wanted to find a place I could write multiple stories without ever needing to stretch for ideas
- I used to think of tweaking as editing
- now I know I need to sometimes rip that poor first draft to shreds and rework it from the bones up
- this has probably been the biggest change for me as it taken me a long time to believe I can really edit properly - that fear of knowing something is wrong and not knowing how to fix it doesn't freeze me up any more
- I used to believe that every story would have a place in the world
- now I know it's okay that some of those stories won't (especially that first ms of about 180k!!!)
- those stories have taught me so much and helped me grow and I'm just fine with letting them languish in my heart and on my hard drive
Jemi Fraser is an aspiring author of contemporary romance. She blogs and tweets while searching for those HEAs.