Cover Reveal – The Nearness of You by K.G. Fletcher

COVER REVEAL FOR THE NEARNESS OF YOU BY K.G. FLETCHER!

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I’m excited to share the news that my friend K.G. Fletcher is having her cover reveal for her third novel, “The Nearness of You”. The cover is beautiful and I can’t wait to read it when it comes out. Being a fellow Atlanta girl myself, I enjoy reading about my area and in such a sexy way.

K.G. is one of the most talented people I know. She acts, she sings, she writes sexy love stories…in addition to being one of the nicest and giving authors that I know. I’m a huge fan.

 

 

 

 

And without further adieu, the cover and a little excerpt to tease us all until October!

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About The Nearness of You:

Lounge singer, Lauren Rose lived her comfortable life in Atlanta always dreaming of making it in
show biz. When she unexpectedly meets British male super-model, David Randle at a gig at the posh St.
Regis Hotel, she is swept away by his striking good looks and lilting cadence.

In town for his sister Catherine’s nuptials to NASCAR driver, Brian Brady, David invites Lauren to the
wedding on a whim. The two instantly bond over music, fashion and family. They continue their new
relationship in New York City when David invites Lauren to see him in action at a high profile fashion
shoot for his debut fragrance, “Drive.”

Sparks fly when his assistant, Sabrina Watson is none too happy that his new girlfriend has interrupted
his grueling, fast-paced schedule. She becomes fixated on separating the happy couple who are falling in
love.

Traversing the East Coast and Europe with the paparazzi in hot pursuit, David and Lauren navigate the
precarious path of fame, fashion and fate.

Her wildest dreams were coming true. Would she ever truly believe that his desire was to be near her –
always?

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Exclusive Excerpt:

“Excuse me, miss.”
Looking up with a smile, ready to accommodate another song request, she was taken aback, her breath
catching in her chest. The man was tall, dark, and handsome and he looked very familiar. She started to
panic, trying to place him in the shadowy light.

“I didn’t mean to startle you. I wanted to ask… that last song you just sang. It sounded so familiar. Who
is the artist?”
The molecules in her brain shifted, and she was suddenly aware of who was standing before her. In an
effort not to faint or start screaming, she placed her hand on her heaving chest and tried to breathe
again, all the while his steady gaze penetrating her entire being. She swallowed hard, trying to get some
moisture back into her throat so she could respond, but it felt as if her entire mouth had been force-fed
a bucket of sand. The gorgeous man was holding a martini glass and looking like he had just stepped out
of a high-class advertisement, his designer clothing obvious.
“Umm… that song was….” She cleared her throat. “It’s a Richard Rodgers, umm, song.” She eyed his
drink and without thinking, took it out of his hands. “Do you mind?” She didn’t wait for his response,
anxious to send moisture onto her hot tongue. She threw the drink back in one gulp before choking on
the alcohol that burned going down her throat. “Oh my god! What was that?” she asked, her face
scowling.
He gently took the empty glass back from her, his index finger brushing her hand slightly. “Well, that
was my gin martini. May I get you something more to your liking?” He tried not to smile but his blue
eyes tinged with humor and gave him away.
Lauren held the back of her hand to her mouth and stared. “I know who you are,” she whispered, wide
eyed. “You’re the super…” He interrupted her quickly by abruptly grabbing her by the elbow.
“Let me buy you a drink.” He started to lead her to the mahogany bar where her friend Tim was
bartending.
“Hey Lauren. How’s it going?” Tim asked as he wiped down the polished wood in front of them. Could
he tell that she was coming undone being in the presence of one of the most stunning, sought after
male models on the planet? She recalled a recent trip to New York with some of her girlfriends. They
had stood in the middle of Times Square taking several pictures of this man’s famous image plastered on
a giant billboard, his gorgeous, half-naked body on display for all the world to see, wearing designer
underwear. She started to swoon thinking about it.
“Good, Tim,” she replied a little too quickly, her voice three octaves higher than normal. She glanced at
the illustrious man who was standing mere inches from her, not sure if she would be able to continue a
conversation. Her entire body felt like it was buzzing and she thought she might hyperventilate. She sank
onto the leather barstool, hoping it wasn’t obvious that she was coming undone.
“Sparkling water for you?” Tim asked knowingly. Lauren never drank while she performed, a lesson
she’d learned many years ago when she had made the mistake of going to happy hour with friends
before a show. She couldn’t remember the lyrics that night because of one too many shots of tequila.
She was lucky the manager hadn’t fired her.
“Yes, please,” she squeaked.
“And for you, sir?”
He leaned his strong arm against the back of her bar stool and reached for a cashew in a crystal bowl, his
bulging bicep almost grazing her breast. “I should like another gin martini, Tim. Hendricks please, with a

cucumber garnish.” His British cadence was sophisticated and debonair, accentuating his high-class
image.
Tim placed a green tinted bottle of sparkling water in front of Lauren and proceeded to mix the martini.
She tried to open her drink with her trembling hands, but the cap wouldn’t budge.
“Allow me, Lauren,” he said, taking it from her, the “L” of her name sounding beautiful with his lilting
articulation. He effortlessly turned the cap just once and handed it back to her, his chiseled features
dangerously close to her lips. She offered a polite smile before taking a sip and almost choked when he
started to speak, palming her back with his hand.
“Feeling any better?”
She licked her lips and placed the bottle back on the bar. “Yes, thank you.” She felt her cheeks flush,
surprised when he leaned in and whispered into her ear.
“It’s nice to meet you, Lauren. You have a lovely voice.”
His warm breath made her insides tingle. She inhaled deeply before answering. “Thank you. It’s nice to
meet you too… you have a lovely… face.” She forced herself not to roll her eyes after the words came
out of her mouth, pursing her lips. What a stupid thing to say.

About K.G. Fletcher:

KG Fletcher is the author of the contemporary romance novel, The Nearness of You released in October,
2017. She has also penned romantic suspense novels, Love Song released in April, 2017 and Unexpected
released in December, 2016. She is an active member of RWA and the Georgia Romance Writers
Association. She was a singer/songwriter in Nashville, TN and a recipient of the “Airplay International
Award” for “Best New Artist” showcasing original songs at The Bluebird Café. She earned her BFA in
theater at Valdosta State College and has traveled the world professionally as a singer/actress. She
currently gets to play rock star as a backup singer in the National Tour, “Remember When Rock Was
Young – the Elton John Tribute.” (www.almosteltonjohn.com)

KG lives in Atlanta, GA with her husband Ladd and their three gorgeous sons. She is a hopeless romantic
continuing her work on her original cabaret act called, “The Novel Romantic – an unexpected evening of
sweet & spicy love” to help promote her romance novels.

Find KG online:
Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Amazon | Cabaret Act

 

I hoped you enjoyed it!

Write freely, love fearlessly, live intentionally.

Eliza

Music & Writing: To Listen or Not to Listen? And 3 Reasons Why You Should

I love music. I always have.

microphoneUnfortunately, I don’t have that gene that some get to understand the theory of music or the voice to be the next winner of any of the singing reality television shows.

 I have no idea how my daughter ended up with her angelic high pitched Disney Princess voice. But she could get a job at the Magic Kingdom as Snow White if she felt so inclined on her voice alone.

As much as I love music though, when I started my writing journey a few years back, I was against anything except silence. Locked up in a room with nothing going on.

But I’ve learned something about myself this year since I put the pedal to metal and got serious about my writing career:

When I’m in the groove and serious about my work, music doesn’t distract me.

But this doesn’t work for everyone. Those who’ve been at the writing game a while and know their process probably already know the answer to whether or not music work for them.

Chances are you’ll know in one sitting whether or not listening to music while writing works for you. But if you’re on the fence or new to the game, I say, give it a shot.

Here are 3 reasons I found works for me and may work for you:

1 – Focus: Silence works for some, but for me, I found myself listening to the television from the other room or my daughter talk in her room (next to my office) instead of writing.

When I decided I needed something to drown out the distractions, I started with movie scores. No lyrics to be distracted by either.Headphones

2 – Inspiration: As I’ve progressed in my writing, I’ve been able to move to other types of music that include lyrics.

Songs tell a story to a set of notes, what better way to be inspired?

Keith Urban’s song “Break on Me” has helped inspire the story line of my next manuscript. Every time I hear the song, I can’t help but play out scenes in my head that I want to put in my novel.

3 – Mood: For me, music can lift me up or make me cry. Lyrics or no.

Certain movie soundtracks, such as Legends of the Fall (one of my favorites), give me an incredible bittersweet feeling that makes it a great score to play when I’m writing those types of scenes.

Or when I’m writing those scenes between two characters where the sexual tension is palpable, I find that sultry “baby making songs” work well for that, such as Eric Church’s “Like a Wrecking Ball”.

If you’re a writer or even a student that studies, do you listen to music? If so, what works for you? What doesn’t?

Has a particular song inspired any of your stories?

I’d love to see what other creatives listen to while they are making something (besides babies)!

Leave a comment for me below!

‘Til Next Time,

Get Creative!

Eliza


 


WRITERS: What If Your Character’s Arc Doesn’t Follow the Hero’s Journey?

Keeping in the spirit of character development, let’s talk character arcs.

What is a character arc and why is it important?

An arc gives a character dimension and texture. It makes them real. Think about yourself. You aren’t the same person you’ve always been in every way. At some point, you were one person then experienced some things (went to college, got your heartbroken, had a baby, etc.) and imagebecame a different person. Still you, but different.

That, my friend, is an arc.

As to the why?

Without an arc, your protagonist would be one dimensional and boring. As mentioned in my last post, readers need to care about your characters. If they are flat and lifeless, readers will move on. With an arc, readers go on the journey with the character through their ups and downs, their fatal flaws, and in the end, the reader will feel complete.

A few months ago when I was working on character development, I was having a bit of trouble with my arc. I knew about the dominant “hero’s journey” arc, but honestly, I didn’t think it fit my character. This left me frustrated and unsure of how much I actually knew my character.

To my delight, I came across a fellow author who wrote a fantastic blog post on character arc. Even better, they were not hero’s journey character arcs.

Veronica Sicoe outlines three types of character arcs that I feel most any story could fall into.

In summary, she states that there are three types of arcs:image
1 – The Change Arc: this would be the standby hero’s journey.
2 – The Growth Arc: where the character remains much the same, but overcomes a conflict that makes them better. An offshoot called the Shift Arc resides here.
3 – The Fall Arc: Common to tragedies that lead to their downfall or even death.

Veronica explains each of these arcs and then goes into an example of how each would work in a story with setup, reaction, attack, and resolution.

Her post is laid out well and is easy to follow. Her examples of how each would work were invaluable to me and I could figure out where my characters fit in (which, by the way, isn’t the Change Arc!).

If you’re having trouble with an arc, run to her website here: http://www.veronicasicoe.com/blog/2013/04/the-3-types-of-character-arc-change-growth-and-fall/

I have book marked her page and refer to it quite often when writing. It helps remind me the path that my character is taking. And since sometimes my characters have a mind of their own, it helps me rein them back in when they get a little too far out in left field.

So, I send out a THANK YOU, to Veronica Sicoe for helping me on my character development journey.

You can find more on Veronica at www.veronicasicoe.com and on Twitter at @VeronicaSicoe.

‘Til Next Time,
Get Writing!
Eliza

WRITERS: Do You Know Your Character’s Fatal Flaw?

A few weeks ago I was working with my group of trusted betas on my current WIP. I was getting great feedback, which was a relief.

Then one of them asked me, “What is the male protagonist’s fatal flaw?”

After a pause, I was able to launch into what I believed it to be. But as I spoke, it didn’t sound real to my own ears.

Forest #2However, even after the meeting, that question plagued me as I continued to write this character. Fatal flaw…hmm. He’s a good guy, but is he too good? He did screw up years before and is still paying for it. Was that his fatal flaw? I was beginning to wonder if I could see the forest for the trees when it came to this character.

 

As good as the story was progressing, it was one thing the man was refusing to share with me. So I decided to prod him along and went on a hunt to draw it out of him.

There are several sites on the internet that talk about the fatal flaws in a character across different kinds of media. I read over each one but didn’t feel satisfied by what I read.

Until I found Laurie Campbell. After I read the workshop post on her website booklaurie.com called “Creating Your Hero’s Fatal Flaw”, I was sold. In addition, she has a guest blog about this subject on romanceuniversity.org.

As a counselor, Laurie has studied enneagram. “Ennea” means “nine” in Greek, so that will give Nineyou some idea of how many different types of people there are in this world. You and I are one of these if you think of it.

To write an excellent character, they should be real and the reader should care about them. They should have strengths, weaknesses, and vulnerabilities. In her guest post, she sums up the nine types with their strengths and the flaws when that strength is tested to the max.

Perfectionist One: Anger when they (or anything else) isn’t perfect (Perfectionist/Anger)
Nurturer Two: Pride in being needed by everyone around them (Nurturer/Pride)
Achiever Three: Deception to keep up their outstanding facade (Achiever/Deception)
Romantic Four: Envy because other’s lives seem MORE glorious (Romantic/Envy)
Observer Five: Avarice for more privacy and greater knowledge (Observer/Avarice)
Skeptic Six: Fear of possible danger to their loved ones (or self) (Skeptic/Fear)
Adventurer Seven: Gluttony for every possible new experience (Adventurer/Gluttony)
Leader Eight: Lust for power, to be in control of their surroundings (Leader/Lust)
Peacemaker Nine: Sloth, keeping life comfortable and decision-free (Peacemaker/Sloth)

I found this summary to be quite handy, but in her workshop posts, she does a fantastic job of going into detail on each of these and gives examples from well-known books to show how they apply. One thing she pointed out that bears mentioning: in romance, be sure that your the fatal flaws of each character cause tension and conflict. In other words, it won’t work to have two romantics together.

Without conflict, you have no story.

If fatal flaws are an area as a writer you are unsure of, I highly recommend checking out her posts at the following websites:

http://booklaurie.com/workshops_flaw.php – Laurie’s Website

Creating Your Hero’s Fatal Flaw

Fatal flaws are an essential cornerstone to making your character real and not so perfect. None of us are perfect and neither should our characters be that way. It would get boring in a hurry.

So, THANK YOU, Laurie for making this simple for me to understand and giving me the tools to make the stubborn man cooperate. 😉

It’s going to be fun to see where Delaney and Addison end up.

‘Til We Meet Again,
Get Writing!
Eliza

WRITERS: Are You Ready to Take That Leap?

I started my journey into writing several years ago. Over the last six years give or take, I’ve put more effort into it. However, not enough to my liking

But this year is my year. I’ve put my nose to the grindstone and I’m going to make my dream happen. My dream of being a writer full time and actually be able to support my family.

imageToday I found an excellent blog post by Monica Leonelle that gives spot on advice for making that transition.

If you aren’t familiar with Monica, she’s a writer, blogger, and all around smart cookie when it comes to marketing and indie publishing. I’ve listened to a couple of her interviews on various podcasts and came away thinking.

In this blog post, she outlines three things that are musts when it comes to taking the leap to full time writing.

If you’re like me and you are working on making that leap, read her article here:

http://proseonfire.com/transition-to-full-time-writing/

You can find Monica on Twitter at @monicaleonelle or at http://monicaleonelle.com

Happy reading!

‘Til next time,

Eliza

 

 

WRITERS: 5 Ways to Cope With Criticism

We’ve all been there. You finish that story giving it all your time, love, and attention. Your kids think your laptop is an extension of your hands, the household has run out of clean underwear, and you have survived via coffee IV and chocolate.

With adrenaline coursing through your veins, you relinquish the story to your editor. You’re absolutely convinced that you have blessed upon her the next great American novel. Like Ralphie in A Christmas Story, you expect her to dance around the room singing your praises after reading your masterpiece. There’s no way there will be anything but love for your story.

When your manuscript is returned, you wait with baited breath as your file opens, ready to read the glowing comments.

Only they don’t glow.

A dying flashlight gives off more light.

Yep, that’s your momentum that just hit the brick wall.

 Let’s be honest. No one likes criticism, constructive or otherwise.

Some put a positive spin on it and learn to grow from critique, having “Why didn’t I think of that?” kind of moments. Others take it as a personal affront, certain that their editors wouldn’t know a good story if it bit them in the…well you get the idea. Either way, when it comes to our writing, our labor of love, we writers are a protective lot.

However defensive we may be, having your work critiqued is an integral piece of a writer’s puzzle. When you’re in the moment and the words are flowing, do you really think about whether or not that comma is being used correctly? What if your story is set in a cold weather climate and you insert an animal that would never survive the cold?

These are just a couple of examples that can manifest themselves with another set of eyes gazing upon the fruit of our labor. Personally, I would rather my reviewer, or beta, find these things before I query my manuscript.

Fellow writers, it’s imperative to keep in mind a few points when facing the dreaded commentary:

  1. Take the comments as suggestions, not commands. After all, the writer makes the final call. You aren’t going to make everyone happy. Most copy edits and major research inconsistencies should be heeded and corrected. Story edits require a more in depth look. A writer should take note as to what the suggestions are and ascertain what the problem could be potentially. Writers want to use their creative licenses’ and have fun entertaining the masses, but the masses should feel satisfied, not confused.
  1. The value of a critique is to grow as a writer. Don’t be afraid to ask for help in order to make it better. Writing is like anything else in life. There is always room for improvement and you can learn something new every day. Often times, we don’t learn from being alone, but from interacting with others. That brings me to my next point…
  1. Different points of view can be helpful. Another set of eyes can lift the writer out of the minutia of the story. Taking a step back can be useful in self-editing, but that can prove to be challenging. So to have someone go over your story and not be in your head is one of the best ways to find out if the story you’re weaving is translating onto the paper. I have found that having someone from your target audience read the piece is also helpful. It gives a glimpse to see if you can capture that audience down the road.
  1. Know how to defend your story the right way. No one will fault you for defending your story, but keeping any open mind may be the difference between you being bird cage liner versus best-seller. There’s a fine line between passionate defense of your story and unyielding cut-your-nose-off-to-spite-your-face dogma. You have to stay on the right side of that line. If you feel someone is attacking your work, it is to your advantage to ask why the reader feels that way. Telling a reader the way it is will make them feel that you’re closed off to other ideas. In the end, making statements, as opposed to asking questions, could result in a critique that has less honest feedback and more false accolades.
  1. Finally, don’t be difficult. To be difficult with someone that is ultimately trying to help you falls under the biting-the-hand-that-feeds-you category. It’s never smart. There’s no incentive for an editor to take time out to critique your work and be honest if their suggestions are met with bitterness. The writer will always be victorious, but it doesn’t always make them a winner. Because until you are selling millions of copies of your manuscript and/or raking in the dough for a large publishing house, “frustrating”, “hard to deal with”, or “exasperating” are not words you want associated with you. No one will want to work with you or for you.

 

It goes without saying that having someone tear up your work is not the most fun you will ever have in your writing journey.

But as the saying goes, “it’s the journey, not the destination.”

Photo Credit: quotesgram.com

Now, go pick up your momentum, brush it off, and kick that brick wall down.

‘Til Next Time,

Eliza

**Sections of this article was originally published by me (under J.K. Peake) on the Writer’s Collective website in 2011. It has been revised and updated.**

 

“On Writing”: Life’s Manual

Today, my daughter comes to me and says she needs to use some quotes from a non-fiction book for a paper due tomorrow.

Immediately I said, “On Writing.”

"On Writing" by Stephen King
“On Writing” by Stephen King

This was met with a skeptical look because, well, she’s fifteen. And I’m stupid.

“Mom, I’m not a writer.”

“Stephen King wrote it, give it a try.” I tell her. As a fan of the thriller, horror genre, his name was like magic.

“On Writing” is my single most favorite non-fiction book, especially for writers. I have to say, I don’t think I have met a writer that doesn’t like this book. However, if you are a reader or anyone who wants a dose of real, honest motivation, I recommend this book.

Since it is my sacred copy, I sat with her while she looked for quotes she wanted to use from the book. I’m no idiot. If I let her take it, it would get lost in the Bermuda Triangle that is her room.

But I digress.

I couldn’t help myself. As she typed, I thumbed through the copy again, stopping here and there to read passages. The one I hit on today motivated me to do something I’ve been putting off inexplicably.

To sum it up, every writer should have an area to write without distraction. A writer’s room if you will. It should have a door and you should be willing to close that door. Only then can one really get down to the business of writing.

To me, the key is closing the door. That physical demarcation of separating ourselves from the real world into the one in our heads.

I’ve heard some authors say that prefer to write in bed. Or in a chair. Or on a treadmill desk. But each of those things are in a room, right? And I’m willing to bet that room has a door.

Reading this passage motivated me to get off my butt and make that physical link to getting down to business with my writing this year. So today, the third bedroom of my house went from a spare bedroom that housed a never used, too big bed into my writer’s room.

My Writer's Room. #amwriting
My Writer’s Room. #amwriting

It’s small and nothing fancy, but to me it’s cozy, comfortable, and I want to be in there writing. I love it.

Not to mention my hubby is a happy camper since we checked off a box on his honey do list. Win-Win!!

From helping my daughter with her high school Lit class to pushing me to move furniture, once again “On Writing” has proven to me that not only is it a fabulous read for writers and the craft, but that if life came with a manual, this would be it.

~~What’s your favorite book that helps you with the writing craft or just life in general? Leave me a comment!~~

‘Til Next Time,

Eliza

#TBT to the 2015 Dahlonega Literary Festival

My Thursday post is a throwback to last year’s Dahlonega Literary Festival. I’ve gone the last couple of years and attended the workshops and panels.

Some of my loot from last year!

Last year, I was lucky enough to share some fantastic Mexican food with one of my fave authors whose just so happens to be from an area nearby me, Delilah S. Dawson. She’s smart, witty, and an overall fun gal that writes YA and Steampunk. Read her Steampunk “Blud” series. And then we can talk about Criminy. 😜

I was also introduced to Molly Harper who writes a fun series that’s a clever twist on vampires. It’s a paranormal romantic comedy of sorts. Just read it. It’s laugh out loud fun.

If you are in the Dahlonega area March 12-13 this year, I highly recommend checking it out. A list of the authors featured this year and more info on the festival itself can be found at  Dahlonega Literary Festival.

Best of all: THE FESTIVAL IS FREE Y’ALL!!

Photo Credit: http://dahlonega.org/images/stories/Dahlonega_Gold_Museum_sm.jpg

Dahlonega is a fun kind of artsy, college town. There’s a beautiful square with shops to browse and a variety of restaurants to suit any palate. There’s even a winery nearby if that’s your thing as well as the mountains. Make a weekend of it. Check out more here at  Dahlonega, Georgia.

And no, I’m not a paid endorser. I just went to the college there and simply adore the little town. 🙂

 

The festival is a great way to jump into networking, especially if you’re new to it and a fun way to learn some new authors, get some books signed, and learn about the craft of writing as well.

This year, I’m volunteering. I will be back to share my experiences and anything that will be useful to you guys!

You can find Delilah on Twitter @DelilahSDawson and at whimsydark.com.

You can find Molly on Twitter @mollyharperauth and at mollyharper.com.

‘Til Next time!

Eliza

Book quote

 

How bad do you want it?

I read an article today on Hugh Howey’s blog that resonated with me. As in hit with me with a two by four resonated with me (Read the entire article here: http://www.hughhowey.com/so-you-want-to-be-a-writer/). The Article was called “So You Want to be a Writer…”

Why yes, yes I do, Hugh. Please tell me more.

I was pleased to read what he had to say in the post. It was real and it was honest. But it was also motivating to me. It wasn’t full of anecdotes of how he and others were whipped by the good luck tree and now there’s isn’t anymore to go around unless all the stars, moon, sun, and that new ninth planet align just right.

No, this post was about being a writer the old-fashioned way: hard work, determination, and sacrifice. In fact, one of the first things he says is: “You have to work harder than anyone else. Period.”

Springboarding off that sentiment, he goes on to discuss making a long term plan, practicing, reading, and learning to fail among other things. He also discusses some points on craft that are spot on. (I’ve already started networking with a vengeance. I attended my first GA Romance Writers Association monthly meeting this past weekend and I AM IN LOVE WITH THIS GROUP!)

But what I loved about this post is that I felt like I could do it. I can actually be a writer for a living. It won’t be a quick process, but it will happen. As part of my serious pursuit into being a writer that I dived into headfirst this year, I’ve already got the ball rolling on some of these items. Which validates that the decisions I’ve made are taking me in the right direction. Some are easier than others (I’m looking at you debt, you devil), but they are all doable.

Let’s get down to brass tacks: How bad do you want it?

I want it bad. Bad enough to forgo TV, wake up at 4am to meet my word count before my day starts, and learning to say no to things that take time away from my goal unnecessarily. Seems easy, right? It is. But how many actually do it?

And you know what? That’s okay. Some only want it as a hobby, only writing when the mood strikes and are content to stay at that. If that’s you, awesome! It’s a fantastic, rewarding hobby.

But if you want to do this as a career or the best job you ever had, you have to put in the time. You have to make the effort. The end of 2015, I realized I was one of those people stuck in limbo. I wanted to write and make it my life’s work, but I was doing nothing to make it happen. Hell, I wasn’t even writing consistently. Yet, somehow I was going to be a writer.

Yeah. Not so much.

Fortunately, I’ve found the error of my ways and made the changes. Still honing them, but I’ve made what is for me, fantastic strides. And I will keep going. If nothing else, Hugh’s blog post just stoked the fire in my belly.

To quote the great country poet, Tim McGraw: “How bad do you want it? How bad do you need it?”

If you answered, “I want it bad, I need it bad”, then it’s simple.

Work harder than everyone else.

 

Short Story “Say Something” Has Been Published!

Hey guys,

As a member of the Georgia Writers Association, I’m happy to share the link to the Winter Issue of Exit 271: Your Georgia Writer’s Resource. This issue’s theme is creativity. It is an excellent source for writers with articles regarding creative ideas, how to make technical writing creative, and how its never too late to be a writer. The issue also includes poetry and short fiction.

I’m happy to announce that my short story “Say Something” was published in the Winter Issue and is my first literary publication. Look for me on page 49 as Kaleigh Peake. I’m beyond excited to add this to my portfolio.

Here is the link to the magazine. I encourage you to check out it out and read through all the talented writers and editors that put Exit 271 together. I look forward to seeing what they do in the future!