Thursday, October 13, 2005

Avoiding writing...

I'm not sure why I'm into avoidance at the moment...I definitely don't have the time to be, but as long as I am, I thought I'd post a chatty blog instead of a book recommendation.  What do you all think?
 
I'm just not sure where *I* ever got the idea that I could write a medieval werewolf story anyone else would want to read.  There are so many layers, I'm drowning in them and yet I'm scared to death it's going to come off too simple.  This is more than beginning of the book jitters...these are earthquakes in my soul.  Which makes me think this book is going to be really important to me, you know?
 
An entire world is evolving around my "Children of the Moon" and it's not one that every paranormal reader is going to recognize.  I don't get into curses or dark sorcery...because that's just not me.   My fem and werewolves are earthy and magical and I adore them, but I'm so worried I won't be able to make them come across the way I want them to for readers.
 
Well, it's back to the manuscript...
 
Happy reading and writing everyone!
 
Lucy
 

11 comments:

Julia B. said...

Hi Lucy!

I have read somewhere that usually the first book in a trilogy or series is the hardest to write, because besides the plot of the book, the author has to set the stage for the rest of the stories, and I imagine that creating a fantasy world is a hard task. However, I'm sure that you are going to create a great World and probably this book will have a special place among your books.

And sometimes, some "play time" helps to clear the mind :o)

Hugs,
Julia

Lucy Monroe said...

Oh, Julia...you are brilliant and that is exactly why this book is so hard for me. Not only am I creating a whole new world, one that has to explain why it is different from and yet still establish a sense of the real medieval world, but I am starting a series of stories. I know it. My characters know it. My editor guesses at it, I think. :)

Thanks so much for your words of encouragement!

Hugs,
Lucy

Kristen said...

Lucy, when you first spoke about your medieval werewolves, I sat up and nearly begged. What a combo of time/interesting peeps.

Beginning of the book jitters...thanks for those words as I think you've discribed what I'm battling. Toe-deep tremors. Scary.

Good luck with your building, your weaving of words and images. Wishing you smooth writing as each page unfolds.

~k.
looking forward to that wicked idea once it reaches the shelves. :D

Lucy Monroe said...

Oh, Kait...toe deep tremors? Do I understand those. Beginning something new is always hard, but when it comes to putting your heart and soul into it like we do our writing, that makes it a bazillion times more scary. At least for me. Every kudos is personal...and so is every criticism and rejection. Not everyone feels that way, but I do...which makes each new release nerve wracking and every new book a source of stress - that I would not give up for the world. LOL

It has been really fun getting into this different world. I've read a lot of paranormal stuff in the last couple of years and loved most of it. The idea of writing about werewolves has been on my mind for over a year and I've already done one novella - but it's contemporary. This medieval book establishes the beginning...and it's fun.

Hugs and happy writing!
Lucy

Danica said...

Lucy my love, if anyone can do it, you can. I have absolute faith in you and this book. Hugs!

Lucy Monroe said...

Danica! It is so great to see you here! Thanks tons for your encouraging post. I am really loving the story now, but second guessing myself about ten times a day on everything I've written up to this point. That's a good sign, I keep telling myself. :)

Hugs,
Lucy

julio said...

Ms. Monroe...

First off, I haven't read any of your books, but I'll bet my wife probably has... but, please don't take it personal, I am very picky about what I read...

Thank You. For making yourself this easy to talk to... I won't take much space, except to say that I admire you greatly... My life's goal is to become a reasonably successful published author... not rich, but well enough off to support myself and my family... I just, well, I guess you could say... I'm so afraid of trying to commit myself to writing, because I'm afraid of failing...

Even though I have confidence, I also have a lot of fear... I'm so used to "working myself to death" that I can't even imagine just writing for a living... I know it's possible, but I can't see myself getting lucky enough to do it... and I greatly admire those who (like yourself) are that kind of lucky... heck, I'm even in the Army right now, getting ready to go back to Iraq, because I've failed at all the other "real" jobs I've ever had...

WOW!!! I apologize... I didn't mean to use this space to "cry on your shoulder"... I'll let you go now...

Peace...

Lucy Monroe said...

Well, Julio...the thing about being a published writer is that you work your tail off AND you need a good dose of positive Providence directed your way. I put in mostly 12 hour days, often more...

Nothing in life worth having is easy to come by, or so my mom always told me. The truth is, the vast majority of writers who actually finish a book fail to publish. You have to accept the reality of those odds and pursue your dream anyway.

It took my nine years of writing to sell my first book and I lived by the motto that I could not guarantee success (no one can in this business), but I could guarantee failure by giving up.

One final bit of advice is not to look at your past set backs as failures, but as opportunities to bring you to where you are today and by making the most of your present, you turn your past into a series of stepping stones rather than stumbling blocks.

Take care!

Lucy

Tawny Stokes/Vivi Anna said...

Lucy, I know that these books will be great, I mean hello? How can they not be...they're coming from aren't they????

I can't wait. And already told everyone I know that Lucy Monroe is writing paranormal, you won't believe how many excited people I know!!!

Lucy Monroe said...

Tawny! Thank you so much for your words of encouragement! I sure hope you are right...I'm certainly working my hardest to justify my readers' faith in me...not to mention that of my publisher. :)

Hugs,
Lucy

Anonymous said...

Hi Lucy, I have never read any of your books, but I have had the pleasure of meeting you, I was your waitress at Shari's.
My advice to you, reconize the fact you are a good at what you do, now have the confidence to listen to your gut,and go with it, and have no fear.
In the famous words in the "Lion King,REMEMBER WHO YOU ARE."
MAR-GEE