Are you the same as me?
Why do something today when you can put it off until tomorrow, or the next day, or maybe a few weeks, months or even years?
I do that with lots of things as a grown up. The ironing, mainly but pretty much anything I don't feel inclined to do.
As a teenager, I did it with homework and my chores.
People do it at work, with deadlines, onerous tasks and things that are really hard.
I do it with my writing. I find something else to do instead of putting my arse in a chair, fingers on the keyboard and writing.
I tell myself ideas are forming, characters are growing, conflict is developing.
That's a crock. That's just me being lazy.
A great idea is no good in my head. A fabulous cover is no good without a book to grace. No-one can read a book that's not written.
So, I am biting the bullet and one book at a time, I am finishing all those half-arsed, incomplete stories.
I am writing. I am editing. I am creating a cover and I am publishing them myself, and opinions can go hang.
I am doing myself a favour and clearing out my head, my heart and my soul with words on a page.
I am biting the bullet. It may be a blank. It may go up in smoke, but it needs biting. It starts now.
This is a piece of advice that is given to authors.
But who wants to read about the life of a 45 year old English woman, who lives in a house, in a small village, with her family and pets, with a limited circle of non-glamorous friends (with the exception of Mrs Day!) and to whom not a lot really happens.
Would you rather read about jet set lifestyles, exotic locations, high-flying careers, bank accounts with lots of zeros, characters with real dramas, conflict and problems that can only be overcome with their soul mate?
If I write about what I know, I limit myself and I limit my imagination.
If I write about what I have actually felt, I stifle my empathetic nature.
If I write about what I have experienced, I rein in my imagination.
So I write about what I know to be true somewhere, and I write about what I imagine being felt by someone and I write about things that are experienced the world over, but maybe just not my truth, my experience and my life.
The only thing that's not worth reading is a blank page. So just write. Anything. You. Want. Tx
Today is release day for Alex's Return.
Today is also the day the NovelRank Stalker, retired for a few years, is reborn.
I don't know about other authors, but as calm as I try to be on release day, whether it's an anthology of short stories, or like this one, a full length novel (in romance terms), it never works out that way.
Several years ago, I discovered a website called NovelRank and very quickly became addicted on release day and whenever my fellow authors had new releases.
According to the website, NovelRank is the best free resource for authors to track the sales rank of their print and ebooks on Amazon with charting, sales estimates, RSS feeds and more.
You can add your book with just the Amazon URL and the site will tell you your Amazon ranking across all domains (.com, .uk, etc).
It's a useful tool, among others that I'll be blogging about in coming days, but you can become obsessed, especially if it's your very first release.
Today, I won't be abstaining from stalking NovelRank, but I will checking in a little less than I have with previous books. Why? For my own sanity and because I'm older and wiser?
Who am I kidding? I'll be having the site open and the F5 key on my keyboard will be a little more worn by the end of the day - refresh, refresh, refresh!
Check out the Novel Rank to see how it works and catch them on Twitter @novelrank. And while you're there, see how Alex's Return is doing. Let me know on Twitter @tashatayls
Take care, Tx
It's that time of year again - So You Think You Can Write 2015. I had nothing to enter this year, but I remember the experience well.
So instead of inviting you to read my entry, I'd like you to meet my good friend and exceptionally talented author, Elle Marlow.
Elle's entry this year, Protecting the Cowboy's Baby, made the Top 55 as a semi-finalist and she needs votes, so if you like what you read below, please take time to visit the WattPad site and vote for her pitch. Click on the image below to go straight to WattPad.
As promised, here is the first chapter of my work in progress. Meet Ivy Greentree, one of three sisters who all have their own story to tell.