Changes

Well, it is Check-in time with ROW80 once again.  This is both an exciting time for me and a hard time for me. It is always hard to practice what you preach, but that’s what I have been up to lately. I will explain.
In recent months sales of my books have been slowly falling off. That is not so unexpected; it happens to every book and every writer. The thing is, as writers, we always question what we’re doing. “Why don’t they love me anymore?” we wail. “What am I doing wrong?” “Why have the gods of book sales abandoned me?”  These are the questions we wail to the Universe.

However, I have always said, “If you aren’t getting the answers you need, ask a different question.” So I did. I contacted one of my more avid readers and asked her what was going on. That sparked a very enlightening conversation which gave me new insights, changed my focus, and got me excited about writing again. The results? I’m going back to my roots, writing what I started writing many years ago. I pushed a 46K manuscript to the back burner and started a brand new book. I’m having fun once again.


Goals:
1.      Write 5000 words per week until first draft of WIP is complete.
3500 words written this week so far. I am right on track here.


2.      Accept more requests for interviews. (Currently I only do about one in five. Bad me! I’m told I need to open up and get over my shyness.)
Didn’t get a request this time. (sad! Lonely! Feeling unloved!) tee hee
3.      Read and comment on at least one blog per day.
Actually managing three or four per day so far. There are so many great blogs out there I could spend hours every day reading them and never get bored.
Okay, that’s it for me today folks. So tell me, fellow writers, have you ever dropped a WIP after months of work just to start off in a new direction? How did that work out for you?

10 thoughts on “Changes”

  1. charismaloycharismaloy

    Always be true to your self and write what brings you joy. Glad you are excited again!

  2. Ginger CalemGinger Calem

    "I'm having fun once again."

    **That's what it's all about! That fun and joy will come through your words, characters, and stories!

  3. Jennette Marie PowellJennette Marie Powell

    I'm doing something similar – instead of writing one of the two books I've had planned for 2-3 years, I' m working on a new one that sneaked up on me a couple of weeks ago. And I'm writing it just for me – don't even know if I'll publish it. I'll work on it as long as I'm having fun!

  4. Lena CorazonLena Corazon

    Prudence, I'm so happy to hear that you've got a renewal of passion! Sometimes ditching our well-crafted plans is what we need to kick us into gear. 😛

    Have a great rest of the week!

  5. August McLaughlinAugust McLaughlin

    Wow, Prudence. I love that you reached out to a reader and are flying on renewed inspiration. I dropped—well paused, with the possibility of dropping ;)—a WIP when I realized it's like a YA novel. I don't read YA, and never have. My heart was pulling me to a new book, so I switched. I can always go back or shift gears, but I could tell within minutes of typing away at my current WIP that it was the right move.

    Congrats. 🙂

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