I've had an interesting few weeks. At the beginning of February I had a surge with my writing where I threw out about 16,000 words because a story wasn't working and wrote about 13,000 in the space of a week or so. Unfortunately, I then hit a bit of a wall. Part of that was due to some outside forces - literally.
The evening of February 19th I tripped and fell, spent three hours on Friday the 20th being x-rayed and all sorts of other stuff. I was ordered to physical therapy for two weeks, but before I could get that set up I ended up coming down with the flu which layed me out for a week. I'm just coming back and it's really hard to get back into the writing groove again. Especially since the spot I'm trying to get written is a rather intense love scene. Despite suggestions to the contrary by many--intimate (and explicit) love scenes are not easy to write. The scene has to make sense in the context of the characters and the story. Fortunately, the scene is appropriate and in the right spot, but you have to really gear up to write one...at least I do.
So, my characters are in bed and on the edge of consumation and...well...that's where they are. Trust me, they're ticked about it. However, when you're coughing your lungs out and tired beyond belief - writing a love scene does not happen.
However, today may have afforded me just a bit of motivation for getting better and getting my writing going again. I checked a book store for the April issue of Realms of Fantasy magazine. They had copies and I had them hold two. There are two reasons for this.
First, this may be the last ever issue of Realms of Fantasy Magazine, which is a total and complete bummer. It's been a great place for aspiring fantasy authors to get their work published for some exposure. The other reason I bought two copies was because my book, Protect and Defend, is included a full color ad near the back of the issue. Ellora's Cave bought an ad before the magazine announced it's demise and I bought in on the ad so I could advertise my book. It was SO cool to get the magazine today and whip through to find my book as part of a full color ad - and it is a gorgeous ad!!! I hope it increases sales.
That's kind of the other funny thing that's been on my mind lately. Before I had sold anything to anyone, I just wanted someone to offer me a contract. I didn't think about sales or promotion or anything like that. Now, I get excited about my book and about a second sale, but in the back of my mind are things about developing a backlist. Promoting my book so I have some solid royalties coming in...stuff like that. The love of writing is still a part of me and always will be, but I'm also starting to consider the bottom line. Sales.
I don't know if that means I'm maturing as a writer or that I've lost my innocence as an author. What do you think? When you think about stuff other than the writing have you gained something or lost something? Please comment! I'd love to know what you think.