A note from our president, Angi Morgan
Angi Morgan is the author of Intrigues where honor and danger collide with love. She combines actual Texas settings with characters who are in realistic and dangerous situations. Her debut Harlequin Intrigue, Hill Country Holdup, is her Golden Heart winning manuscript and also an RT & Booksellers’ Best Award nominee.
THAT HAPPY MEDIUM
Is it July already? Just three more months of hot? Back in the winter we couldn’t get warm and longed for the hot days of summer. Normally at this time of year, we can’t step outside without a heatstroke and long for the cold days of winter. It’s hard to find that happy medium (unless you live in San Diego LOL).
How does the weather have anything to do with writing? It’s that age-old problem of finding the happy medium. The place where a writer is going to be HAPPY.
Before we’re published, we hear those who are whining about their deadlines, copy edits, promotion, book covers… We long to have those problems. We swear we’ll never complain. We swear.
After we’re published, we’re worried about royalties, deadlines, contractual obligations, creating the next characters, writing the next book, editing this one… We long for the fun of writing again. We remember we swore we’d never complain. We hope.
Reaching that HAPPY place takes a lot of work, in life and in writing. It’s an individual thing, found only through yourself. No one can define it for you. My writer friends and I chat on-line and have an exercise we call SPRINTING. We write for twenty-five minutes, then chat for five. Each time we come back from a sprint, we report how many words we’ve written or perhaps it’s how many pages edited.
When we first began I was truly intimidated by my low word count --normally less than 200 while everyone soared into 300 or even 500 words. Wow. It was really hard to be honest and not add an extra 100 or so words to mine. But who cared? Just me. I had 200 excellent words. And then the next sprint I had another couple of hundred. By the end of the day, with the support of friends sprinting…I’d achieved one of the highest word counts for a day of writing. It may not seem like much, but I wrote my second book (.38 Caliber Cover-Up) in less than 6 weeks by daily sprints and a lot of help from my friends.
I tend to do almost everything now focused for a time, then taking a scheduled break. Social media, returning calls, checking email…it’s a scheduled time period.
My point? Find your HAPPY MEDIUM--the place that’s right for you. Continually longing for summer during winter and vice versa…well, you’ll never truly enjoy where you are. Same with the writing. ENJOY what you’re doing and you’ll never work a day in your life.