When I started writing seriously with publishing in mind back in December of 2013, I was told my work ethic would be the most valuable tool I have.
“You must write every day and not a word less than four thousand.”
Have I done this? I tried, I really did. The problem is the world will not pause for me to get this feat accomplished every twenty-four hours.
I homeschool two stubborn, ornery kids who loathe school. They are mine so I can call them stubborn and ornery – they get it from me. The youngest of my three is almost out of toddlerhood. She’s a whirling of chaotic energy. While writing this paragraph, she found the box of baby wipes and pulled them out one by one to carpet the living room.
Besides keeping the kids alive, I have the usual gig so many of you do; I am the incredible cooking field medic maid and laundress. This is hard enough to keep up with when I’m here all day. If you work outside the home as well I think you might be running for sainthood.
What does this have to do with writing? Everything. You are a human being with responsibilities and other roles to fill. Trying to find the delicate balance between it all can be hard to see. I’ve seen too many writers quit because they felt they failed at getting started.
Here is a secret I have learned; not writing every day doesn’t mean you’re not a serious writer. Not getting every chore done in your house doesn’t mean you should stop trying. Absolutes aren’t realistic for a lot of people, find what works for you.
Can you get a sentence down? A note to use later? Great!
Can’t manage to find the time to even add punctuation to an existing sentence in your book? It happens to me at least twice a week.
On a great day, one I’d swear was guided by the hand of God, I can get two thousand words out. It’s not a common occurrence.
To succeed you do need a good work ethic but be realistic about it. Beating yourself up and feeling guilty are counterproductive. The only way to fail at writing is to stop altogether.
About the Author: Bridget Blackwood is a hopeless romantic and a fan of happily ever after. She grew up in East Texas where she met and married her high school sweetheart. Together they moved to Southern Illinois, just across the river from St. Louis. It’s been home for over a decade now. Three kids, two ferrets, four cats, and one pug later they couldn’t be happier.
Bridget began telling stories at an early age, she writes in self-defense because the characters in her head are loud and bossy. A social butterfly by nature, Bridget loves to talk and laugh. When she isn’t writing she enjoys reading, watching horror movies, playing video games, and not cooking.
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Books by Bridget Blackwood:
Rising Shadows (World in Shadows Book One):
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Date of Publication: February 1, 2014
Number of pages: 107
Cover Artist: The Killion Group
Rachel Ryan wakes up with no knowledge of where she is or how she got there. Thrown into a world she thought only existed in myths, she finds more questions than answers.
Shape shifters, faeries, and vampires hide in plain sight among humans. There’s a war quietly brewing in the shadows. Rachel stands between mankind and those creatures that live in the darkness.
Enhanced with power she doesn’t understand, she’ll tip the scales, but who is the real enemy?
Winter’s Kiss (World in Shadows Book 1.5):
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Date of Publication: March 21, 2014
Number of pages: 39
Cover Artist: The Book Cover Machine
Varian Caina believed his chance at love and happiness died with Winter, but what if Winter isn’t dead? Why allow everyone to grieve? Winter has assassins after her, sent by the Seelie Queen Tanith and faces a new enemy in the Unseelie King Corrigan. Can Varian turn his back on Winter or will he embrace his second chance?
A Scarlet Fury (World in Shadows Book Two):
Date of Publication: August 26, 2014
Number of pages: 203
Cover Artist: Indie-Spired Design
It has been almost a year since mankind became aware of the world in shadows. It’s been an adjustment, but life goes on and most have learned to adapt. There are some on both side that are not ready to let go of their plans. Madalaina Bonvillian believed nothing could harm her; she’s the daughter of the former alpha and the sister of the current alpha, who would dare? After surviving a brutal attack, Madalaina must try to move forward, but where do you go when you feel like you’ve lost yourself?
Cleary Neil has kept his feeling for Madalaina to himself. He’s been her friend, and now that’s what she needs more than anything. The only problem is he can’t shut off the part of himself that wants to protect his mate from the pain and confusion he sees in her.
Together they will go on an emotional journey to find out if love can heal all wounds. Time is of the essence, because enemies are gathering.
Belong To The Night (World in Shadows Book Three):
Date of Publication: February 24, 2015
Number of pages: 261
Cover Artist: Indie-Spired Design
Humans can’t be made into Vampires.
Elisavet Katsaros defied this belief by becoming the first human turned vampire in over three hundred years. Her transformation was an accident, but there’s no going back now. As an agent with the Interspecies Relations board, she’s better equipped than most to navigate the political world run by The Regis, Manias Artorias.
Questions surround Elisavet after this change. Why her? How did it happen? Who is responsible? Above all, how does this affect the rest of the Shadow World? To find peace, Elisavet must look for answers. In digging for the truth, Elisavet uncovers long-buried secrets and the keys to unraveling a murder. Together, she and Manias must attempt to right the wrongs of others and start a new chapter in history.
Working side by side, powerful emotions flare. Manias finds himself wanting to claim Elisavet for his own despite the consequences. Elisavet yearns to capture Manias’ heart, to be more than just another vampire under his rule. To have a chance they must put their love on the line and risk it all.