Monday, September 14, 2015

Hi Everyone!!




So it has been a bit since I last wrote one of these. Five months in fact. I figure I would talk a little bit about why in this post and let everyone know a bit about what is going on. 

A little over two years ago I wrote and published Ashes. It was the second book in my Light Bringer Series. I'd given myself a super strict deadline on finishing that and even when life threw a curve ball I didn't waver on it. Needless to say after the experience I was majorly burnt out.

I have talked about this some before on the blog. The thing is I want to be an author. It is the only job I can see myself being happy at. I have worked so many types of jobs and not all of them I enjoyed. I pushed through and did them anyway because that is what is expected of me. That is what I expected of myself.

So why should writing be any different?

The answer is it shouldn't. So I went forward and pushed with the second book. Now I have to tell you the past two years have brought some incredible things into my life, I will never regret them. While they have given me some wonderful things, they have also been some of the hardest years I have endured. 

Some things that happened I have talked about here on the blog, most I have not and will not. The problem is somewhere along the way I lost focus. I started doing things because I was supposed to do them and I just pushed through. 





This was going well for a bit. I even managed to finish a draft of my third book and was ready to go forward with things. Luckily I have a beta reader that reads stuff before anyone else sees it. They gave me some hard love on the story I gave them. The sad part is I think I knew everything they told me myself before I ever gave them a copy of that story. 





So here I am still feeling the drag that comes with life, a story I am not happy with and feeling generally lost. So I made a choice. I jumped off social media. I spent a bit of time with my family and talked with my wife about the direction I wanted to go with my writing. 

It was actually a much needed thing. The problem with self publishing is it is all you. Most authors lose money with their first couple of books. I have been fortunate to make money so far on mine, but for sure I have a long road ahead of me. 





Good point Mr. Cat. So what has changed? 




The biggest thing is how I write now. I have a schedule that is respected in my house and I adhere to it like a religion. It lets me write everyday which is majorly important. I have goals and have learned to make them fluid so they can change as things around me change.

I also did something I have never done before. I threw out my entire manuscript. I still have it, but I have always been someone who tinkers and fixes problems as I go. This time i started fresh and am glad to say that I am trucking along on this new draft with a vigorous passion.  

I know this is a long post and I apologies for that, but I have missed you all and can't wait to get around and see what you have been up to. I have a few blogs already planned out and am refreshed and ready to go full force once more. 

Anyway, I hope everyone is well. As always, have fun and keep writing. 

13 comments:

  1. Congratulations! I look forward to seeing the next book.

    Love,
    Janie

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  2. Hey Brandon! Good to hear from you. Sorry you had to chuck your manuscript, but it sounds like a fresh start was needed. Rock on!

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    1. It was. Still, kind of scary at the time.

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  3. It sounds like you weathered the storm really well, Brandon. And found a way to move forward that works for you and your family. That's huge. As for throwing the manuscript out, fresh starts can be so well...refreshing. I'll bet you'll be amazed and what comes now.

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    1. It actually has made all the difference I will admit it is one of the scarier things I have done so far in my writing career.

      Thanks for stopping by.

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  4. Glad you're persevering and keeping that determination alive! Can't wait to read it ;)

    And and and welcome back!

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  5. Welcome back, Brandon. Sounds like the time off social media has done you a world of good. Best of luck with the new draft. I'm sure it would come out even better than you're anticipating. :)

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  6. Having a schedule is key to getting your writing done. Welcome back, and good luck with the new manuscript!

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  7. Welcome back Brandon. I also try to stick to a schedule--it's amazing how much it helps me. :)

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