Here is what I know to be true about writing:
🖤 The first draft, while imperfect, will give creativity permission to go any direction it wants.
🖤 Creating that first love scene might feel weird but it gets easier and easier once you let your characters lead the way.
🖤 Not concerning yourself with what someone else might think about your story is one of the most freeing things you can do.
🖤 Staying in 'the zone' of your story boosts your confidence to write unapologetically.
🖤 It's ok to be frustrated with your characters.
🖤 It takes practice
🖤 It takes commitment
🖤 It doesn't happen overnight
🖤 It takes belief in yourself
Let's expand on this: Not concerning yourself with what someone else might think about your story is one of the most freeing things you can do.
Writing any novel will take someone out of their comfort zone. For me, writing romance novels threw me so far away from my comfort zone I couldn't find my way back. And you know what? I'm so grateful for that.
Get out of your comfort zone and write. Write the horror scene. Write the love scene. Write the emotional scene. So many of us fall into the pit of wondering what someone will think of us.
"But what will my 3rd grade teacher think?"
"I can't write a super sexy love scene. My dentist might read it."
"People I haven't seen in years will know I wrote that!"
All of the above is true and all of the above doesn't matter. People I haven't seen or talked to since high school read my books. I only know this because they told me through the magic of social media.
"You were so quiet in high school! I had no idea you had this in you."
"These books are so f-ing good! Omg. I read them more than once."
And it wasn't just former classmates....
My mom read them. My uncle read them. My dentist, co-workers, cousins, aunt, etc. People you know will read your books. It's inevitable. You know what else? Complete strangers will read them too. That's the whole point, my writer friend. You want people to read the thing you wrote! The sooner you free yourself from worrying about what your neighbor/cousin/co-worker/high school friend might think about your hot and steamy romance novel (or whatever it is you're writing), the easier it will be for you to write the damn thing.
People can't buy your book if it doesn't exist.
People can't love your book if it doesn't exist.
If you need that extra push and encouragement, you can find the support of many like-minded writers in my FB group here. It's a safe place to bounce around ideas, make new friends and feel supported in your journey.
I have a limited number of openings for private coaching. If you're ready to take the next step in your writing journey, I'd be honored to support you!
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