What Are You Doing?
I ask myself that several times a day. When I was approaching my fiftieth birthday, I did a great deal of thinking. I wasn’t afraid of the birthday, I don’t look fifty (thanks to years of avoiding the sun and good moisturizer) and I certainly don’t act it. I worried about all of the time that I had wasted and how much there was left to do. So I made lists of places I wanted to see, things that I wanted to experience, and the person that I wanted to be. I wanted to learn from my mistakes and move forward.
I grew up in a family of writers, where making up stories was encouraged, so I always had a story-line running through my head. I would tell myself “my story” before I went to bed every night. So I decided to write one of those stories, just to see if I could.
Instead of watching mindless reality TV, I wrote. At that time, I had a job where my responsibilities were reactive; something had to happen in order for me to spring into action. Well, at three in the morning not much happened, so I edited my manuscript at work.
I loved the feeling of change, taking charge, and accomplishing. I poured that into my work.
Hard Work, Good Friends, and Caffeine
Like many others, I thought writing would be easy. At times it is, but I soon learned that for me those are rare occurrences. There is a saying, “Ass In Chair” and every new writer gets that advice. You need to sit and write, even when the words aren’t coming. You have to learn to stick to it.
I read books on writing, went to conferences in order to learn from experts, I took online courses, and listened to published friends. However, I learned the most from doing it. I learned how I worked best. Ideas come easily to me, it’s the focus and follow through that are my problem. Plus, there is always something else that needs to be done.
In the world of Romance today, the most common question is, “But what are you working on NOW?” There is no downtime. You need to have a book in outline form, another in the process of writing, the next in edits, and one ready to be or just published.
It is the most crazy, frustrating, confidence shaking, and exhilarating thing I’ve ever done.
Melanie Jayne doesn’t know what she wants to be when and if she ever grows up. She’s worked retail, recorded hearings in a Federal Courtroom, worked behind the scenes with security at a casino, and currently she is living her dream writing Romance.
She plots and plans from her grain farm in central Indiana she shares with her husband and two mastiffs, Ginger and Duncan Keith. When she isn’t creating she can be found watching sports, searching for the perfect mascara, and reading. She also loves questionable TV- Any Real Housewives, The Steve Wilkos Show, and Live PD. Plus she is addicted to the TMZ app on her phone.
Melanie loves to meet readers. She attends many conferences and signings. Please take a moment and introduce yourself and tell her what you are reading.
Linda K. Sienkiewicz is the author of In the Context of Love, adult contemporary fiction about the need for one woman to tell her story without shame.
Angelica Schirrick had always suspected there was something deeply disturbing about her family, but the truth was more than she bargained for.
Eric Hoffer Book Award Finalist
Sarton Women’s Book Award Finalist
USA Book News Best Book Finalist
Readers’ Favorite Finalist
Great Midwest Book Festival Honorable Mention
“With tenderness, but without blinking, Linda K. Sienkiewicz turns her eye on the predator-prey savannah of the young and still somehow hopeful.” ~ Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of the #1 NY Times Bestseller, Deep End of the Ocean