April 18, 2013 by Kiersi
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I’ve been writing “full time” since November 2011. I teach online classes and write marketing copy to make ends meet. When I’m not busy making enough money to live, I write. (And rewrite, and revise, and edit, blah blah blah.)
Over the course of this journey, with my first book coming out in August, I’ve discovered a few things I wish I could have told myself years ago. Not even just when I left my job in 2011 to go freelance–but back in 2010 when I wrote the first draft of my “grown up” novel. Back in high school when I decided I wanted to write for life. Back in middle school when I cranked out stupid amounts of fan fiction (not even kidding–500,000 words in total). People liked my stuff and I thought I was set.
What I wish I could have told myself back then?
1. It’s going to be really hard.
Everything about publishing is hard. Writing a draft is hard. Getting feedback (and learning to really listen to it) is hard. Finding an agent is hard. Wooing a publisher is hard. Going to conferences and meeting people and putting yourself out there is hard. (more…)
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November 16, 2012 by Kiersi
You’ve probably had this experience: just sort of, waking up, after eight or nine hours pounding away at a manuscript revision, only to realize you haven’t eaten–or even gotten dressed–since you got out of bed. Working as a serious writer often requires a flexible schedule, a.k.a. the magical ability to function normally on a Peter-Jackson-movie amount of sleep. Pair that with the very action of writing (spending a lot of time in your house, usually alone, hunched over a desk or a countertop or a dining room table for hours at a go) and the result is:
A) Oh, hell, I can’t turn left anymore
B) Why do my knees–AAGH–hurt all the time?
C) Hey. Hey cat. Heyyyy kitty. Come here. Yeah. Yeah? Oooh, yeah, you are so cute. So cute. (fast forward an hour) Aww kitty. Now you’re on my lap covering my keyboard and you are too adorable to move.
So a few months ago, I realized I needed to change my lifestyle a little or I would slowly, steadily, go totally crazy. Here are three of my discoveries. (more…)
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