The Basic Need of a Writer

The basic need of any writer includes one essential element — time. Time keeps us creating or it could stop the words from flowing. Time is so precious in the writing world that we all try to squeeze out as many words before it’s time for bed, or time for work, or time to cook dinner, or time to die.

Time is basically a writer’s fear factor; we’re scared to misuse it but know that fighting through that fear could change our lives.

Time is always on my mind. I’m always trying to do multiple things at once so I can squeeze every ounce of opportunity out of it. In writing, I’m trying to knock out 250-500 words while I figure out if I’m doing a blog post this week and wondering how many followers I’ve lost by not posting enough on social media.

Can I share something with Y’all? Here’s the real reason why time is so valuable to me; I lost my Mom months before her 50th birthday and I’m about to hit my 35th b.day (yeah that’s my baby pic when I was months old) and I know I haven’t done enough. I know you’re like “that’s a 15-year difference, so why are you even stressed about it now?” Well, because I don’t know when my time is up and I have so many stories to tell, so many lessons to teach my girls and some many more laughs to have with my loved ones. Honestly, I’m a bit obsessed with using my time wisely just based on what I’ve seen on t.v. or hear on the radio (yes I do still listen to the radio and you should too damnit!).

So I’ll admit it, Yes, I’m obsessed with time and getting as many books and stories out as I can and doing so that I can establish a career from those words.

Do you agree? Is time your basic need as a writer or is it something else? Tell me what you think.

With passion,

DNC

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Letting Creativity Flow

Okay passion-fy family, my words have been flowing and my motivation to push my writing and creative desires further are getting stronger and stronger by the second. And let me give a quick shout out to my personal board of directors for giving me life and tell me to quit it with the excuses. So here’s a quick download of my next steps:

Third Book is 97% Completed

I promise y’all, I thought I was finished until I uncovered another chapter in my brain dump of this novella/novel (It’s teetering closer to a novel now) but now I’m wrapping this sucker up. I plan to have this completed by mid-September so I can get it over to an editor (or two) and start pitching it by the end of September. I’m not playing folks. I can’t play anymore because I have at least four more stories dying to get out and I can barely stay focus on this one. But it’s coming I know. A two-year hiatus in publishing isn’t too bad…wait, I was published recently by Z Publishing. If you missed that news, catch up with the previous post.

YouTube Restart and Podcast Launch

I’ve been asked by several writers if I’m going to start back up on the vlogs, and the answer was yes until life happened (baby, moving, motherhood, wifin’, career change, and the list goes on). But I’m for real this time and I’m even going to partner with another fellow YouTuber to start a new channel. Videos are in progress so make sure that you’re following my channel to stay updated on the latest uploads. While you’re there, check out some of the oldies too.

Pushing the Ps: Pitching, pushing, producing

I’ve hit the producing part in the first two sections. But the other two are a bit more complicated for me. For pitching, I’m actively searching for a passionate literary agent. And I don’t someone necessarily into the topics I write about (even though that would be ideal) but someone who is as passionate about their job and role in my career as I am about writing. I’m looking for my Puff Daddy. I want my next piece to get picked up and I know that having someone like that on my team could be a career changer.

Now in regards to pushing, I’ve got to get the word out about my current and previous projects. As a writer, I’m an introvert. I like to do things behind the scene and if someone notices the final project, if not, that’s cool too…but that’s THE WRONG thought process if I want to live off of my books one day. So, to combat my introvertedness (it’s a word, I promise), I’m pushing myself to not only promote my books and passion pieces more on social media and other channels but also send out copies to people who I would love to read my book — no matter how unlikely it is that they get it. Faith always has the final answer.

Stay tuned…

With passion,

DNC

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My Baby is Out!

Finally, my short story that is featured in Z Publishing’s Anthology Georgia’s Emerging Writers: An Anthology of Fiction, is now out! It’s available through their site and also on Amazon.

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And don’t forget to grab your passion-fy pieces from my store (now on sale) — Like. Love. Lust.: A Collection of Passion-Fy Prose and Poetry and Untraditional: A Collection of Passion-Fy Short Stories.

 

 

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The Right Time to Write

There is never a right time to write but always time to write whether the time is right or not. Sometimes you just have to start writing or typing to let the story flow. Planning helps but when your mind drifts to the perfect line or scene don’t wait to get it out.

I use to keep notes on my phone but now I carry a small notepad in my purse so I can capture my thoughts. I don’t know what it is about holding a pen and jointing down details or some character’s voice but it feels better than thumbing it into a piece of technology.

But that’s my chosen tool of creative channeling. What’s yours? Whatever it is, just remember to use it whenever you can. It’s still great to have a routine dedicated time to writing but do you think Micheal Jackson only made music each Sunday at noon? Or Maya wrote poetry after working an eight-hour shift? Not likely.

Get your words out, whenever and however you need to. Your legacy depends on it.

Oh, and one of the moments I chose to just get words out is now being published in an anthology by Z Publishing. So these are words that I can testify to. I’ve lived and are still living each syllable. I’ll let you know when America’s Emerging Writers – Atlanta edition is out so you can go grab a copy and see what got picked up. Hint: It’s a fictional young adult fantasy piece (Yay, I write that too).

Until next time…

With passion,

DNC