Day Off

Today I took a day off from writing. I still sat in front of my laptop but this time I made graphics for a fellow author. I didn’t have to but I wanted to. It was my way of stepping away from the stories I’ve been writing but still creating something.

I also read and finished at least one book: A Life in Parts by Bryan Cranston aka Walter White of the series, Breaking Bad. A few things resonated with me, like this passage:

It’s very much like writing. Talent alone won’t cut it in this business. You need to have grit, the determination to succeed and do what needs to be done. Writing these days isn’t just about the words. It’s about getting those words to its intended audience: your reader. To do that, you need to hustle. And in today’s current book climate, you need to hustle harder. It’s tough out there but if you want to get your book out, then you hustle. You need to do more than just write. What worked in 2014 no longer works in 2017 – it probably stopped working in 2016. So you figure out what to do next.  You plan. You don’t rely on your talent as a wordsmith alone.

I also need to catch up on sleep. I’ve been burning the candle at both ends the last few weeks to meet my deadline for Falling for Jordan that when the clock struck midnight on the 20th, the book’s scheduled launch date (that’s now been pushed back to 11/3), I literally let go and unplugged from it. I was done. I was burned out. I also cannot write anything that has to do with contemporary Filipino culture which is too close for comfort from my own life. It negates the whole reason why I write fiction and whoever came up with the bright idea that writing about my culture was fun seven months ago seriously needs to be fired.

Oh, wait! That would be me.





8 thoughts on “Day Off

    1. Not so much in the beginning. If it does happen, it’s toward the ending when I need to tie loose ends. And that’s where many of my unfinished novels usually stop as well. But sometimes I need to step back and come back to it when I’m ready. Unfortunately sometimes it takes years for some books.


      1. I currently have 2 unfinished novels. One is at 72k words and the other at 30K. The 72k word one is historical romantic suspense and I stopped it a few years ago because I needed to know where it was really going to go – and where it would fit in my brand. The branding is probably the biggest reason as I’m a contemporary romance author as far as branding is concerned. The other one just stopped because I needed to see where it would fit into an existing series.

        What’s getting you stuck with your novel? I got stuck with a sequel I wrote 2 years ago and almost gave up on it but I sent it to my editor and a few beta readers and they loved it and said to just push the publish button. Turns out, I was standing in my own way.


      2. I don’t write novels, I focus on nonfiction. I’ve been studying excellence for 10 years to answer the question why some people find it personally and professionally and sustain it regardless of recessions, lack of education or resources, etc. Yet others either never find it or find it only to fall from grace, so to speak, despite having advantages of birth, education or economics.

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      3. I guess excellence is what you make it. If I waited for excellence, I’d never publish a single word because I’m going to compare my work to the authors I admire with their team of editors and marketing people or big 5 publishers and MAs in creative writing and whanot. Doesn’t mean that my idea of excellence is subpar compared to theirs but I’ve only got one life to live and I might as well live it loud and proud. If my book makes one person happy and lifts them up from their depression or makes their day better, I’ve done my job. It’s also the root of my joy. Unfortunately, excellence does not necessarily equate joy for many people and so they will never find it, or if they do, they’ll “fall from grace,” but even that is subjective. Would it be a fall from grace if book 2 didn’t measure up the success of book 1? For some people, yes.


      4. Well part of my research has been around how we define excellence as well. I suggest that excellence does not necessarily equate to success. Somewhere between that and what Dan Buettner calls “thriving”, I think that there is an objective definition of success. Gandhi, Einstein, Ulysses S Grant, Mark Twain, all found a ‘version’ of excellence throughout their lives. Yet, those are just famous examples and I’ve met just as many not famous people who share this path. It also wasn’t meant to be a measure of critique of anyone’s writing. I have not read your books yet, but I’m sure that your writing is much more refined than mine.

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      5. Excellence is in the eye of the beholder, I guess. No worries about the writing although yours is just as refined if not more so than mine. We all have our tastes and our books have our target market. That’s the way it works these days. Many people may have heard about Mark Twain but probably never read a single story. It’s sad but it’s happening more often.


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