Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Hath No Fury Like a Woman Who’s Behind

By Rebecca Rose (Guest Blogger)

Hello to everyone in Lisabet’s world! I’m happy to be here and excited because my follow up to Divine Turmoil, Divine Redemption, came out this week. It’s a contemporary romance that proves, Sometimes Redemption is the only Salvation.

This novella took me two and half weeks to write, and I knew, right from the beginning, that it was going to be great. The story of Donald and Jacqueline took on a life of its own and flowed without the choppy waters an author sometimes gets into.

Torrid waters are what I have found myself in lately, though. To finish a project has become increasingly difficult for me, basically due to ‘life’. Now, I’m not complaining, please don’t think that, it’s just that sometimes we writers get overwhelmed by the world outside of our imagination and forget how to gain access to our imagination again.

For instance. It’s 9:30 in the morning, my three children are upstairs taking showers, playing games, and making messes. This I don’t mind except I’m due at a baby shower in hour and a half and I’m still in PJ’s and furry slippers. (Damn, it’s getting cold at night!)

Any-whoo, the name of the game is ‘Reboot’. Have any of you played this before? Once or twice a year, I play this game. It’s when your desk and files look as if a tornado has run through, when your scraps of papers with notes on them (and I have a lot of them) are in some pile and you don’t know which one. Or… when you realize that time got away from you and deadlines are passing. To those people I apologize.

But, Rebecca Rose is making a comeback this week. She has three novels being written and now there are personal deadlines to be made. I’m fairly sure those work. Do any of you, use them? With my first couple of books, I wrote until I finished. Now I’m not sure what to do.

(Sorry, had to walk away for a minute. My daughter, the pre-teen, was having a "new cat" crisis. LOL.) Where was I? Oh, yeah…The one writing tool that I have always found works is a timer. (Mine broke due to the tiny hands on my youngest.) I set the timer for one hour of advertising, and then one more of blogging, whether for my own blog or someone else’s. It works really well and keeps me on track.

Hhmmm…maybe that’s my problem, eh? I need a new timer. LOL

Either way, I know understand how so many writers go crazy. There is no down time from your character, plots, and ‘life’. (There is loud banging coming from upstairs. Should I investigate? Nope, I don’t think I want to know.)

Life is fun. It’s a story in which we write our own endings. It’s where we must look for the funny in everything, and overlook the sad, when possible. Inspiration is everywhere. And I believe with this new-found corner turned, I can once again move ahead. But I still must ask (another loud bang, and louder children’s voices.) do self-imposed deadlines work? What do you do to stay on task, daily, weekly, monthly?

Have a Sparkling Day!

~ Rebecca Rose

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Lisabet Sarai said...

Greetings, Rebecca,

Welcome to Beyond Romance, and congratulations on the upcoming release of Divine Redemption!

It only takes you two and half weeks to write a book (even a novella)? I'm envious. Do you write every day?

I do understand what you mean about the "reboot" process. One can get so bogged down, the only solution is something radical.


P.L. Parker said...

As Lisabet said "Two Weeks?" Amazing and I'm so impressed. Living in a house full of adult males (4), I so understand the outside forces. My men just don't understand that when I'm working, I can't find their lost socks, iron T-Shirts or fix them a sandwich. Wait - I thought I said they were adult males. LOL

Unknown said...

A novella in under three weeks? Finished, ready to sub?
Wow, am I impressed. And, with all real life crashing in on you. Amazing.
It takes me more than three months. I so envy a speedy writer.
Keep up the good work, and energy. The cover is great. It's on my TBB list.
Congrats on the release.

Keta Diablo said...

Great review! Isn't it true that "life" sometimes gets in our way of writing and annoys the heck out of us that it does. When you're on a roll, you prefer no interruptions but .... we've all been there.

Keep 'em coming, Rebecca and best of luck in all future writing endeavors.

Lisabet, you are wonderful! Thanks for you endless support of bringing love of the written word to the world. You rock, lady!

Cyber hugs, Keta

Julia Rachel Barrett said...

Yes, I suffer from the same syndrome - life! That darn thing always gets in the way of my writing. Glad to hear I'm not the only one! Good luck with your wonderful new release!

Andrea I said...

I'm not a writer, but am an accountant. Over the last five or six months, my desk has gotten away from me and looks like a tornado came through. For you authors, I wish wou well with all your books.

Rebecca Rose said...

Hello everyone and I'm so happy to be able to see you! About three hours after I wrote this a tree branch fell on my power lines to the house and I've had no phone, cable, or internet until last night! LOL It actually worked out really well because I could concentrate without checking email and stuff.

Yes, two and half weeks to write Divine Redemption and another week to edit and send it in. I'm a super-typer, about 70 words a minute. I like to see how fast I can go. :) I told my family that if they interrupted me their lives would be in danger. It worked! Or course, no laundry was done, nor grocery shopping, but we lived.

I'm so glad to hear that everyone else has the same problem at one time or another. Sometimes we forget we're not alone in this life. Thank you.

Have a Sparkling Day!

Sandra Sookoo said...

Wow Rebecca! I'm a fast typer too but you've eclipsed me. lol Best wishes for continued success :-)

Rebecca Rose said...

Thanks for stopping by, Sandra!

Cheryl Tardif said...

Hi Rebecca, you've hit the nail on the head with your post. There's nothing worse than feeling disorganized or cut off from the world. How did we live without internet and cell phones??

I enjoyed your blog post. :-)

Cherish D'Angelo
aka Cheryl Kaye Tardif

Lisabet Sarai said...

Hey Rebecca,

A tree branch, huh? When you say life gets in the way, you really mean it!

Thanks to all of you for dropping by and sharing your thoughts!


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