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.