Thursday, January 1, 2015

See you later, 2014!

If 2014 was about learning, 2015 is about focus

I started out in publishing writing what I wanted to write. I wrote fast paced, action-packed stories full of heart and readers responded well. I didn’t hit a list or sell a million copies or anything, but GRAVITY and HOVER did hit #1 in teen sci-fi on Amazon, which with series like the Hunger Games and Divergent in the world, this was no easy feat! So, I saw some successes. The problem was that I didn’t really know what I was doing. Ha! I wrote with no knowledge of what worked or didn’t. I made mistakes, but I also learned from them. Win!

2014 then became my year of learning. Learning how I write, and what I do best. I now know my strengths are voice, dialogue, and emotion. I tested myself, which is good. But I also made a decision to try to write the way others write in 2014, and that title ended up being my worst selling book. Le sigh. Still learning!

So, I now know I’m not a smexy scene writer. Sure, I write romance and there is plenty of romance in my stories, but I can’t start with the smexy. And I refuse to write simply for what sells. Again, back to my strengths—emotion, heart. I love writing contemporary romance with Southern settings, because I’m Southern and I love all the crazy quirks of the South In fact, all my stories are set in the south—even GRAVITY. Bet you didn’t know that! :)

I now know I write good fast paced, action-action stories. And I love them! So I wrote another YA sci-fi, but this time I decided to infuse a heavy helping of the romance I love. The heart! And now that I know what I’m doing, know how to structure a story, the writing just flowed. It became fun again!

So, for 2015, I’ve decided to do a few things differently—learn from my 2014 successes and mistakes. I’m going to write what I write and not worry about what anyone else is doing. This is the only way the story will resonate, and it’s the only way I will truly enjoy what I’m doing.

I wrote 4-5 books in 2014. For 2015, I’m again slated to write 4-5, but this time, I feel 100% confident in what I’m doing and what I’m putting out there. I’m excited! And I even managed to add in a passion project that I love so very much. Look for that title in October 2015 from Bliss. :)

So that’s me. 2015=Focusing on what I do and being okay with how I do it. I’m anticipating a wonderful year, and hope the very same for you! I feel so very blessed to be able to do what I love, and that is all thanks to you!

Thank you for walking with me through this crazy world called writing. It’s a heck of a lot more fun with all you beside me. :)


Happy New Year!