I promised I’d have a new post up by the end of the month, so here we are! (Um. JUST.) I’m still working on MIDNIGHT QUEEN, which I’m probably about a quarter of the way through. I’m battling some minor health issues right now…so progress is slow. The last draft clocked in at 80k, and I’m expecting this redraft to be of a similar size (if not a little longer.) I’m still so obsessed with this book but I promise I won’t rant about it too much this post. I mean, even as I’m writing this post I’m aching to get back into the world and characters. To start—I thought I would share some of the tracks I’ve been listening to (almost on repeat) as I’m writing the book.
Okay, so the Snow White & the Huntsman film wasn’t amazing…but that soundtrack? Chills. Literal chills. It’s elegant and magical and romantic and just that little bit foreboding—everything I imagine and want MIDNIGHT QUEEN to be. This book was born from my love of fantasy-romances, as well as my ever-growing passion for mythology. (Like, seriously, don’t even get me started—because I won’t shut up about it.) Pretty much 90% of this soundtrack (James Newton Howard is a musical genius) is on my MQ playlist. If you guys have any music recs (soundtrack/classical), pleasseeeee let me know below. 🙂
So, today I wanted to talk about perseverance…and being a writer. Because really, they come hand-in-hand. You can’t be a writer and not be persistent. Because you are going to doubt yourself. You are going to wonder whether it’s even worth it. You are going to get stuck when writing/revising, and you are going to get up, brush off that frustration—and keep on going. One of the earliest pieces of advice about writing I’ve ever gotten has been that simple…and that hard.
I’m one of the most stubborn people that I know. If I want something, then I’ll work as hard as I damn well can to make sure that I’ve achieved that dream. I’m shifting my writing visions now to sci-fi/fantasy, and I know, I know that it’s not going to be easy. It’s already not. I’m already doubting myself. I’m already asking myself if I can do this. Maybe I’ll find successes with my current WIP, maybe I won’t; but what I do know is that I’ll never reach my dreams as a full-time fantasy/sci-fi author if I don’t try.
Every writer out there—no matter how infallible you think they are—are going to have these moments of self-doubt. We all have that tiny voice in the back of our mind, questioning our dreams, fueling our doubts. But blast that inspirational music, open that Word doc., and try again. Because this book—and writing in general—means way, way, way too much to me to give up that easily.
I’m going to end this post with one of my favorite motivational quotes (by Louisa May Alcott)—
“…I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.”
So. Take a deep breath. Battle that storm.
Keep working hard.
Currently reading: THE GREEK MYTHS VOL. 2 by Robert Graves (a really, really detailed look at Greek mythology!!)
Currently listening to: Swan Lake by Tchaikovsky