We are more than one thing.

When I hear authors saying, “Stick to one genre, you’ll be more popular”, I get IRKED. I am more than one thing; you are too.

At my day job, I work in multiple departments to keep busy. If I’m having a slow day in administration, I can hop on the phones and take sales, or join the retail team to cash out customers. Heck I’ve even gone to the warehouse to pick product.

At home I’m a wife, a dog mom/walker, a chief, a cleaner, gardener, furniture assembler, financer, and the occasional handy-assistant. (Husband is all that too — that’s the point)

So why when I write must I work with one tool? Well, guess what, it’s not going to happen anytime soon. I enjoy testing the waters of new ideas. The characters for each genre are so vastly different, too. This helps me stay fresh, innovative and bring more to my fans than same ole’ same ole’.

What are your roles in life, do you stay with what you know, or enjoy dabbling in everything? Share your thoughts with our fellow readers. OR make the case against me as to why staying true is the ultimate.

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Imagine that?

People are always asking where writers get their ideas from. I’ve written about this before, as have many other writers. But here is a twist for you; it’s also the reason my grammar is so horrendously bad.

Okay maybe not the only reason-I have a less than stellar education-put that aside for another day.  Today I want to try and explain my mind to you.

This should be interesting.

Or not…

When I am writing, whether it’s a blog such as this or as simple as my grocery list, I don’t see words before me, I see images. The pictures or visions in my mind never shut off. Even when I’m reading, which is how I can miss so many errors… I have to concentrate hard to see them.

An easy example. I wrote a grocery list as:

Zety Doritos

mixed preztezls

tomamtoses

And why would I write like that? Well my note pad doesn’t have auto-correct which I rely on heavily. And as I was writing I was seeing the burnt orange large bag of Zesty Doritos and the exact shelf they are in in the store.  Same with the mixed Pretzels, I saw the bag, which I now recall are named, Munchies, and again where they are located. For the tomatoes, I saw the big mound of almost ripe, juicy, red, tasty veggies and a few meals that required them. 

So if you catch a few missed errors (I do pay for professional editing by the way, no one is perfect) in my novels, please know it’s not that I don’t care. It’s that my imagination has the better of me, and I’m gad for it! My insane imagination creates the plots, characters, and everything that befalls them.

If only I could draw!

And what I was my mind seeing as I wrote this? Why I recalled writing the list, where I was standing, what I was wearing, who I was talking to, and laughing my ass off when I actually looked at my spelling.

That’s my story and I’m stick to it – what’s yours?

 

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When you hit THE END

The day you type “the end” in your novel is a joyous release. You can relax for a bit, let it rest, get some distance before re-reading and beginning to edit.

The next day you feel lost, you know you have to write, you’ve set yourself to a schedule. You go to your computer and it hits you, that piece you been working on for a month, a year, ten years, is done … now what.

You feel empty.

Sure it’s time to start something new, brainstorm, plot, plan, world build. But it’s weird. You are connected to those old characters, you feel like you’ve lost a friend. Maybe they’re thinking of you too?

Okay probably not, or you’ve created a new reality and we’d all better run!

This is how I handled it, I took the week to focus on marketing. And I began jotting notes for my next novel. I tweaked a kids book I had written in the spring and sent it off to a publisher – fingers crossed.

I read three books for reviews and sent out a ton of emails requesting my own book to be reviewed. This is always time-consuming and lacks results. So if anyone has good tips there I’m open…

 

As soon as this blog is typed I shall begin writing the next novel. When you are a writer there is never a lack of things to do, only the desire. What’s your excuse? It’s your book waiting to be written, get to it.

Happy writing folks, Theresa Jacobs

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