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Romance Weekly time. Jo Richardson, author of Cursed Be The Wicked, provided today's questions.
I'd be honored to be your first stop in the blog hop today. If you found me via J.J. Devine's website welcome. J.J. Devine is the author of Historical novel, The Cheyenne Bride and released her first paranormal novel, Into The Darkness, last week. Congrats J.J.!
Now onto the questions. :)
How often do you write?
I write whenever I can. I try to have a schedule where I write in the morning, take a break, and then write in the afternoon or evening. These are usually times when my baby boy is taking a nap. :) While I would love to write everyday there are days when the schedule does not allow for it. I don’t let that discourage me. Instead, I find more determination to get back to writing the next day. It might be in the early morning (if I can get my butt out of bed) or late evening (for an hour while fighting exhaustion) when I can get to it but I can’t shame myself for those times when I can’t. It helps to set goals then get to them however I am able.
Do you think it’s important to your craft to write as much as you can and as often as you can?
Absolutely. If I don’t make the time to write there is nothing to edit and nothing for others to read. I want to create stories others will enjoy like I enjoy them. The more I write the more I improve. It’s taken me a long time to get two completed manuscripts finished. There are many people who think it’s easy to write a novel or even a novella and have it be a masterpiece from the start. What they don’t know is there are many uncompleted manuscripts that are abandoned because the writer (me) knows it isn’t going to work. All those abandoned pieces of writing are helping me get better, create better characters, more engaging plot, and hopefully write and edit faster so I can have something for others to enjoy.
What is your opinion on the saying “if you don’t write everyday, you’re not a writer”?
It’s a bullshit saying. It’s like saying if you don’t put out a fire everyday you’re not a firefighter. Every profession gets to have a day off. Also, everyone is different and work schedules and family schedules are a reality for many people. Life happens and sometimes the writing doesn’t. For instance, I beat myself up at the beginning of the year for not making the time to write. I mean, REALLY, I wasn’t working at the time I should’ve been able to dedicate myself to writing everyday!
Then my husband reminded me...I just had a baby.
I was a writer then because I had writing on my mind. I journaled some. Had ideas and jotted down notes for when the three hour feedings dwindled to something more manageable for sleep but also for mental clarity. I read favorite authors and new authors to keep me inspired.
I think what makes a writer are the goals we set and stick to and then create new goals and stick to those as well. If someone had the goal of writing three days a week or only on the weekend and did that for years there’s no doubt in my mind she was a writer. If we have to pause for a day or for longer but know in our hearts we aren’t giving up, yeah we’re still writers.
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