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Writing Is Fun… But It’s Tough

Right now, I have a few works-in-progress despite everyone telling me to focus on one. 

However, I cannot help it, but I decided to listen!

Recently, I self-published my new adult fantasy book, The Fairest, which I’ve been working on since 2017. And also for my MFA program, I wrote, created, and designed my psychological thriller of short short stories titled Stuck (released on May 14, 2022). And from these experiences, I’ve learned the ins and outs on self-publishing a book. It is enjoyable but it can be quite stressful and costly, especially if you’re doing it alone.

Being a writer, I find it comforting to have my imagination and flooding ideas written out. I always picture myself in the future, as a well-known author with a few titles under her belt, but I know it is going to be a tough road to that goal.

Best thing to do at this point is to take it slow and enjoy the ride.

I find writing liberating. I could sit at my computer for hours, fingers tapping a mile a minute on the keyboard and mind spilling out its thoughts. It’s fun for me, but I will tell the honest truth. It is tough! Please let me know below if it’s the same for you or if you have any tips on making this writing journey easier. Thank you.

When I say tough, it’s not tough to the point I would like to give up. It’s more of a hassle writing and rewriting draft after draft and sometimes it still feels not right. I read books from time to time, and research articles on tips and advice on writing, but it is still tough.

Yet I enjoy this tough! It produces a lot of challenges which I later overcome. And I feel great when I’ve accomplished finishing a chapter or a short story. But when I finish writing my works-in-progress and I feel they are ready for publishing, then I will have a party.

Yes a party… or perhaps a very long vacation with my computer and laptop locked away out of reach.

It is also good to remind ourselves that Rome wasn’t built in a day. Okay, yes that’s cheesy, but I think of different authors and their books I’ve come to enjoy reading. It took J. K. Rowling six years to write the first book in the Harry Potter Series, the Philosopher’s Stone. And Cassandra Clare at least three years to write and publish City of Bones. And look how long it’s taking George R. R. Martin to write his books in A Song of Ice and Fire Series.

So through this journey, I will continue to trust in God. I know He is proud of me and wants me to keep writing. So, I will never give up. In the name of Jesus, I will accomplish more published books and will be satisfied and be able to help others.

Thank you for reading my thoughts on this matter. Please give any advice or tips you use to keep yourself motivated or organized in your writing journey. Share below.

-Written by LeQuita C. Harrison

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