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Monday, August 4, 2014

Good Days and Bad Days

Toothless is my Muse

There will be good sales days and bad. The good ones are like a straight shot of adrenaline and the bad ones hurt like a dementor is hovering over you. It's both inspirational and depressing to watch someone else sell more books than you are (I'm often in that position, with the crazy successful indie authors I hang out with) - but that the most important thing is to keep writing, keep improving, keep putting out your best work, and keep finding ways for your audience to find you. 

I try very hard to walk the talk, so I'm off to write a whole bunch more words today.


  1. There are good writing days and bad ones. What's particularly discouraging is having a week of bad writing days in a row. Or longer. Turning to your file of "ideas" and being inspired by none of them. Wondering if you've completely used up your bag of tricks and you are Officially Out of Stories. Going Out of Business.

    But then maybe, I just need a vacation. From adding words. And drafts.And I'm not sure the week I spent wallowing in frustration counts. Maybe I need one where I deliberately and happily make a point of writing nothing? You know, like would happen if we'd take a family vacation this summer like we usually do, but didn't this year?

  2. Timely post. The trick IS the everyday battle. Good days; bad days. It all evens out if you keep focused on writing. I have to tell myself this every morning. "Just write." That and, "Breathe in. Breathe out."

  3. Toothless as Muse - perfect! :)

  4. I particularly love the last bit of this micro-blog! Great advice from someone that seems to follow through with exactly that!

  5. dianna slowey-thomasAugust 5, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    With a muse like that no wonder you're such a creative writer.

  6. Love toothless! I'm having more bad days then good, but it'll turn around.

  7. Cute muse! Yes, the writing experience is always in flux.

  8. I love Toothless. Here's to better days...and writing.

  9. What's even more comfortable when you are entertaining after a day of hard work.