Life is full of ups and downs, so it stands to reason that writing is as well. Writing springs from what we experience. But for me, writing is also a product of the people who influence me.
When my mom and I published Depression Cookies in October 2010, I wasn't sure if I wanted to write another book. Or, if I could. Was this my only story?
Only after publishing did I understand the importance of an author platform. Before, I picked books based on covers, summaries, and book recommendations. I knew nothing of indie publishing.
Now I can't imagine my life without getting to know writers and taking chances on books. And that's only the beginning of what the indie writing community has done for me. Now I have amazing resources for all things book-related: editing, covers, publishing options, book reviews, marketing opportunities, advice, and on and on.
Most importantly, writers made me realize how much I love writing. I now know I'm not done. Not even close.
So, I found this mention on my dear friend's blog all the sweeter. Elise Fallson, my sister from another mister as I like to call her, and I bonded instantly. I encouraged her to jump into the writing community, because I knew how much it had done for me. This is what she said...
Tia, I'm sending you big hugs and I thank you for getting me out of my
writers closet and for being such a positive force in this writing community.
Knowing I paid it forward means the world to me.
Also, Mom and I attended this weekend's Readers Favorite Award Ceremony in Miami. Being surrounded by such amazing authors was inspiring. It lit a major fire under my butt! (I'll share more about this sometime this week.)
I am more determined than ever to finish the follow-up to Depression Cookies and my NaNo project, a young adult book currently titled Chasing Memories. I know now that I don't just like to write... I must write.
My NaNo and ROW80 update... my NaNo project is currently at 22,204. A bit behind, but I feel confident that my renewed writing energy will get me through!