Happy Monday everyone! The next few months will be really busy as I wrap up Touch of the Angel, #3 in the Demons of Infernum series (which releases 12/11) and write Heart of the Incubus, a novella set in my Demons world (releasing 1/12). So I thought I’d line up some guest authors to blog on reading, writing, and whatever else comes to mind.
First up, my close friend Mary Abshire, who’s here to talk about writing as an addiction:
Hi, my name is Mary, and I’m addicted to writing.
A couple of years ago, I said to myself, I’d like to try writing again. I hadn’t written any stories since my early twenties, so I wasn’t sure if I could or would enjoy it like I once did. I’d come home after work, sit down, and write. Several months later, I finished a young adult novel. After I finished it, I queried agents and got some requests. Also received plenty of rejections. But I had done my homework. I expected to get the rejections. I never let them bring me down.
While waiting for a publisher or agent to contact me, I continued writing. Months later, I finished a paranormal romance for adults. I set it aside and returned to the first book. My reaction when I looked at it? God, this needs work. LOL. I tried to fix it, but got bored. I wanted to write, not edit. So, I set it aside and started to write a sequel to the adult novel.
While I waited for someone to contact me, I increased my writing frequency. I wrote every night and weekends. I read too, every day. I was determined to succeed. I couldn’t quit. I’m not a quitter. A month or so later, I came up with an idea for a series. I went to work on it and after I finished the first, I started on the second. This is my Soul Catcher series. A few months went by before a publisher said, “hey, we want this.” After I got the contract for my first book, I wrote more. Every free minute I had, I wrote. This is when writing became an addiction instead of a hobby.
My addiction isn’t always pleasant. Like a drug, there are high and low moments. Editing being a low moment, but edits are necessary and do improve the story. So, in the end, I ask, is my drug of choice worth it? My answer every time is the same. Yes. I have so many ideas for books. I just want to write and share them. When I’m deep into a scene, I want to get everything out of my head, and then move on. Finish that book, and go to the next one.
Maybe part of my addiction stems from still being a newbie in this industry. Sure, I have four books published and one more on the way, but I haven’t been published a year yet. I feel like I am still growing, still learning. And I love to learn. In my opinion, a good way to develop is to keep writing and reading. Could learning be any more fun? Not for me.
So, I’m wondering… If you write, create reviews, or handle blogs, do you ever feel writing is addictive? Is it a phase that will die down, but not go away, or truly a passion? Care to share your thoughts?
Mary Abshire is a Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy Author. Love Conquers All Evil, #4 in her Soul Catcher series, released in August 2011. It’s a great series, so if you haven’t read it, start with Claiming the Evil Dead (#1), then continue with Catching an Evil Tail (#2), Fighting Evil (#3), and finally Love Conquers All Evil (#4).
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