Please welcome my fellow Astraea Press author Deborah Kreiser! She’s here today to celebrate the release of her new YA novel Three Wishes, and to talk about writing.
Leather and lace? Writers have it hard. And easy.
We writers have it hard. There’s always other stuff demanding our attention, though we feel guilty when we don’t spend every spare minute on our book babies. It’s so hard to see a project through to the end. The odds of actually getting agented/published/purchased are slim. The level of competition is high, and yet we need to pour our hearts and souls into our writing in order to have even a chance of success.
We writers have it easy. We get to sip lattes and eat chocolate while making up things from our imaginations. We visit the library and read books for “research,” and troll the internet for insanely specific but often fun details for our stories. We commiserate with other writers via social networking, and get to call it “building our platforms.”
Yeah, I know it’s a contradiction. Writers have it both easy and hard. Sometimes the writing flows as smoothly as chocolate sauce on a sundae, and it seems like free time stretches endlessly before us. When that happens, writing is more like a destiny than an effort. It is an incredibly satisfying feeling.
But it’s hard when too much is going on all at once. It’s hard when writing starts to feel like work and less like pleasure. It’s tough to be creative on a schedule.
The only thing that works for me is a) taking advantage of the up times, and b) cutting myself a ton of slack when I’m having difficulty. If I pack my bags for too many consecutive guilt trips, I risk abandoning my laptop for good. It’s better, I reason, to ride the wave; go with the flow; not paddle against the current.
So, even though this month is a crazy one, and I’ve hardly spent any time editing my work-in-progress, I tell myself it will come. And it will be good. And I accept that and move on.
We writers have to coach ourselves through rough patches, because no one else is going to get us there.
About the Author
If Deborah Kreiser had three wishes, they would include: a lifetime supply of calorie-free chocolate, a self-cleaning house; and the ability to expand time as needed. When not dreaming of her next plot, she works as a school librarian in Massachusetts, where she lives with her husband and two young daughters.
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Tall and lanky, Genie Lowry is only noticed at academic awards assemblies—until the day she turns 17 1/2, when her body changes from Kate-Hudson-flat to Katy-Perry-curvy—and she finds out she’s a real, live genie. Suddenly, every guy at school is paying attention to her, including Pete Dillon, her never-in-a-million-years crush.
But to gain her full powers and keep her new body, Genie has to find a master, and she’s not sure if Pete’s Master (or Mr.) Right. With help from her dead mother’s interactive diary and an imposing mentor with questionable motives, Genie uncovers the family history and genie rules she never knew. She grapples with her new powers and searches for the perfect master as she tries to make her own wishes come true.