And by that I mean, I feel like I'm a bad writer.
I'm not fishing for compliments, here (but do feel free to fling them at me, if so motivated). It was just a bummer day. I haven't sold a book in three days. On any of my platforms. Not one book. I mean, I was never selling blockbuster amounts to begin with, but this was just....nothing.
That hasn't happened in months, and worse, I really put a ton of effort into marketing this month, through multiple streams - reviewers, twitter campaigns...UGH.
And to add insult to injury - I have a book I need to finish and I just can't find my mojo on this one. My head is not in that space anymore.
What is eating my brain matter is the sorta chick lit novel that's growing there, and I finally let it out for awhile and managed to sketch out an outline and a rough first chapter just to get it the hell out of my head, so I guess that's progress.
It's progress, but not discipline.
And to add along to that - I'm having an issue with one of the established sites I write for and payment. Hopefully, that'll be resolved soon, but again....ugh.
And the blog...the blog, the blog, the blog.
Thank God I have someplace to write this neurotic crap out for all the world to see. And thank God for all of you, cheering me from the sidelines as I slog my way through it all.
And thank God for wine, while we're at it. Wasn't it Hemingway who said, "Write drunk, edit sober?" Well, I'm kid-free this weekend and that sounds like a plan to me. I'm going to finish this next stinking book and sell an unspecified, but unimpressive number of copies and feel accomplished, dammit.
Then I'm going to write the cool chick lit story about the woman who gets divorced and travels the world, looking for just the right place to end it all. Don't worry - that is in NO way autobiographical. Just a good hook for a book, I think.
What do I know? I'm a lousy writer today. But tomorrow....well, we'll just hang onto that thought.
|Ellie DeLano spent four years as the Divorce Blogger for Woman's Day Magazine, chronicling her transition to single parenting and mid-life dating after decades of marriage with poignancy and humor. What she learned from her readers and her own experience was invaluable, and she shares it here with a straightforward guide to the things you really need to help you move forward after your divorce. |
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