As I’m still technically only a month in to this full time authoring gig, every day turns into a big education. With every new task I must ask myself how long it will take me, how long it actually takes me and how long it should take me. All questions that can only be answered by doing them and if it’s a tricky task, the first time takes forever.
It’s really easy to feel that you’ve somehow failed if you can’t do something effortlessly first time. Well, it is for people who don’t cut themselves any slack but need to learn to. (Another lesson to tick off on the chalkboard.)
This week, I severely underestimated how long it would take me to finalise the plan for book two of The Rogue Valkyrie Series. A plot hole jumped out of nowhere and attacked but after a day of concentrating entirely on the issue, the plan came out much better than before. This has happened to me before when creating other books but when you’re fixing the problem in stolen twenty minutes before or after a long shift, it just doesn’t have the same impact.
Valkyrie Cursed is officially written so this few days that I’ve used to fix book two’s issues coincided with the few days I planned to let the manuscript “rest”. If only writing books was as easy as baking cakes. These issues probably won’t be quite so well timed in the future but that’s a hurdle for another day.
The take-away from this week at the author desk is that problems are going to pop up unexpectedly and it will take time to learn how to deal with them quickly. But having a system in place for everything that you have planned for makes all the difference. If everything else is ticking along, at least your problem is outnumbered.
I’ve definitely reached a stage where authoring is starting to feel like it’s my job. The first month it was new and exciting and I hadn’t messed anything up yet. But this new stage is exciting in itself because it’s the next step to becoming a seasoned author. It was never going to be like going to a theme park every day forever and now this feels more like my occupation, I feel excited in an entirely new way. Like some day soon I might have an inkling that I know what I’m doing!
I was waiting for the first challenging week to appear and all in all, I still really enjoyed it. I’m exhausted, achy and in serious need of a stiff drink but nothing can take away the feeling of achievement it’s given me.
Now all I have to do is prepare for the week that will make me crawl under my desk and cry!
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