Losing direction?

Writing Magazine 2014

There’s a small piece on me in the March edition of Writing Magazine.

This was written in October last year. There’s been another two novel requests for The Principle of Evil from agents since then, and a full request from a publisher, but what else has been going on?

I’ve been quiet on here of late and taken a bit of a break from social media. I’ve written the odd tweet but I’ve hardly been on WordPress, and there are many reasons for that.

Since the New Year I’ve been struggling to get back into writing book three. It’s not that I don’t know what to write and, so far, there’s no problem with the plot.

I guess I’ve been feeling pretty despondent and questioning my skills as a writer, and where everything is going.

When I read the piece from Writing Magazine today, I gave myself a slap round the face (metaphorically speaking, anyway) and I reminded myself why I write, and that if I ever want to achieve my goals, I need to keep going and never give up, despite  rejections.

Anyone who, like me, has felt despondent about their work at some point, don’t worry. It happens. It’s OK, you’re only human. Just make sure you give yourself a reality check from time to time, get back in the saddle and keep going.

You don’t get anywhere by giving up!

14 thoughts on “Losing direction?

  1. Thank you for your kind words 🙂 I’m so glad you enjoyed the books. It certainly makes it all worthwhile when I get positive reader feedback. That comment has made my day! Thanks again!

  2. Don’t even think of giving up Tania, you are so good. I enjoyed both your books very much, don’t know why a mainstream publisher hasn’t snapped them up. After I’d read your books I read a hardback which was published by Orion from a writer I’ve not read before. Won’t mention his name, as there was nothing wrong with his crime novel, but I much preferred yours. We do all have doubts at times, but just get stuck in, you’re doing well. Saw the piece in Writing Mag too.

  3. I think it’s normal to have the doubts at times. I’ve read a few interviews with other authors who still have these doubts and they’ve written ten or more novels! I re-read my first two books fairly recently, so I’m OK in that respect. The last few days have been better with the third book, but will definitely give myself a break if I get stuck again (most likely!) Great tip for writing something else. It did work for me before, so will definitely try it again. 🙂

  4. Ah, the difficult third book! If you’re doubting your ability, dipping into the first two books may calm your nerves. I guess if the new book is part of the series then you may have re-read the first two before you started? Have you thought of giving yourself a break and writing something completely different – a short story perhaps – before continuing with the book? Just an idea – it’s worked for me in the past.

  5. Tania, it’s a tough world but you’ve got so close. I look forward to reading and reviewing your books and wish you lot of success!

  6. Hi Katey. I’ve followed you too. It’s great to share tips and our experiences in the writing community. We all have good and bad days where the creativity is concerned. Look forward to your posts. 🙂

  7. Thanks for the encouragement and honesty. It helps all of us to be part of a community where the tough battles and the successes can be shared. I’ll be following from here on out – hope to hear more soon.

  8. Thanks, Rod. Glad you liked it. Your book is still in the ‘to be read’ pile at the moment, but I WILL get to it soon.

  9. I think it happens to more people than I realise. It can feel like you’re the only one at times! It’s good to be ‘back’ 🙂

  10. I think it’s very true that we all feel that despondency over our work, but acknowledging it happens is a great step in getting past it and continuing. It’s good to see you back 🙂

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