Today I’m lucky enough to have Avon Impulse author, Codi Gary with us. She’s the author of the very popular Rock Canyon series and the Loco Texas series. Her new book, I Need a Hero, will be released October 20, 2015.
Okay, Codi, the floor is yours:
As writers, we all have those days, weeks, months. Maybe outside forces are sucking your creativity or you’re psyching yourself out. Telling yourself you aren’t good, that you’ll never be better, and no one will ever want to read your books. We rely so much on outside validation that we lose the joy we had when we first started writing. That spark that made us rush to to our computers, ignoring all the outside distractions as we wrote witty prose and engaging characters.
How do we get the spark back?
I can’t tell you that, because it’s different for everyone, but I can tell you that we all go through it. Some people judge themselves by others successes, or wonder why one of their books did better than the other. I have no answers for you except this.
1) Your career will be like no one elses. Maybe you’ll hit a list in one year or ten or never, but it’s on you to get where you want to be. Whining, worrying, or stressing about it won’t get you closer to finishing that book. And if you don’t finish, you won’t hit a list anyway.
2) Don’t be afraid to take some constructive criticism. If you hire an editor or swap books with your critique partner, don’t disregard their advice. If you trust that person, understand they are reading your book from a reader’s perspective. So take the time, reread the parts they find concerning, and then do what’s best for your novel. Because ultimately, how that novel turns out is on you. And if you don’t like what you’re writing, then you can’t expect anyone else to like it either.
3) Feeling good about your life helps you write better. If you are stressed about money, your marriage, your kids, or anything else, it will effect your focus. Do something once a day to relieve that stress. Go for a walk, dance, watch a funny show, have sex (yeah, I said it!), read a few chapters of an exciting book, eat something you love, have a chat with an old friend, do something fun with your kids…whatever will give you a happy, a moment of bliss and relief, sometimes that can be the trigger you need to start writing again. Hell, even eavesdropping on a stranger’s conversation can be inspiring (not that I’m advocating this, just saying. ;-))
I know, I make it sound simple, but ultimately, it boils down to this. Do you want to be happy, and successful? The keep at it. Because no one ever made it by doing nothing.
Here’s a bit about I Need a Hero:
Sergeant Oliver Martinez joined the military to serve his country—not plan parties. But after a run-in with his commanding officer, Oliver is suddenly responsible for the Alpha Dogs Training Program’s upcoming charity event. Worse, he’s got to work with the bossiest, sexiest woman he’s ever met—who just happens to be the general’s daughter.
When it comes to military men, Evelyn Reynolds is not interested. And with the opportunity to launch her new PR firm at the charity event, she doesn’t have time for some sexy, arrogant jerk with a hero complex. Evelyn is determined to keep things professional—if only she can ignore how Oliver’s muscles fill out a t-shirt and the infuriating way he makes her heart pound.
But when tempers flare and a scorching kiss turns into so much more, Oliver and Evelyn will have to decide if this attraction is forever…or just for now.
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