Those spine itching, nail scratching on the chalkboard, bothersome things which grate the brick wall holding our writer's sanity in place to a fine pile of dust. Peeves we create, peeves thrown at us and in front of us from every possible direction. Peeves are irritating and can be smothering to our creativity if we allow them to. Don't allow them to.
There is never enough of it. The seconds roll by like a mighty river, carrying fresh, new ideas through the brain. All these great ideas rush by as the water flows downstream or as each grain of sand slips through the hourglass. Too many ideas, not enough time. Ever.
So what’s a writer to do? You do your best. You scribble the ideas down and pack them away for later. You put away time to work, you put time away to market, and you especially put time away to read.
You do what a writer does.
Find the time, make the time, and savor the time you get to work.
It’s a great gig, this writing thing.
Take advantage of every second.
My self-induced writing pet peeve is “turned”. When I read through one of my first drafts, I always find a healthy dose of he/she/they/it turning. I do a lot of “turning and saying”, “turning and running”, “turning and opening the door”. I try to stop it (and, honestly, I am getting better), but sometimes I “turn” so much while writing, I make myself dizzy.
My poor editors...
I like eBooks. I like print books. I like all kinds of books. I just like books. The mode of the delivery media doesn't matter to me; it’s the story that is important. All forms of books can, and should, work together in synergy. Apparently, though, that is not everyone’s opinion.
Funny story. True story. My mother is in her 70’s. If I told you her real age, she would chastise me for the next five months (she’ll probably be ticked off for a couple months just because I let her decade slip out.). But, her age is an important detail to add for full story effect.
A year ago, on March 9, 2012, my debut MuseItYoung upper middle grade historical fiction, THE YOUNGER DAYS, was released in eBook form. It was a great day for me. I was feeling pretty good about things; it is an accomplishment to publish a book. An accomplishment which became a reality through the work and support of my MuseItUp team of master editors, Lea and Penny, and cover artist Kaytalin Platt.
Here I was on release day, feeling pretty good about myself, feeling a rather top of the world feeling. Several family members and friends sent messages saying they downloaded the book and like it so far. I reached back and patted myself on the back a few times.
Then I called my mother.
“Hey, Mom. Today is my book release day.”
“Oh yes, how exciting!”
“Did you find it online yet?”
“Oh yes. It was on the website, right where you said it would be.”
I waited a few seconds, then asked, “Well, did you buy it?”
“No, I didn’t.”
“I’m going to wait until the real book comes out.”
Two hours away, on the other end of the telephone line, a debut author’s head hits the desk with an audible thump.
Punt the Peeves
Take home message on publishing peeves, don't allow them to derail your writing. Kick them in their peeve-ish backsides, defeat them, and whatever you do, never allow these peeves to deflate your writer's balloon.
Now, enough time spent reading my rants, turn and write, or read, a real book.