We had a special guest speaker for our RWA chapter this month. I’m still reeling from all the great information and special memories I took home with me. J
Harley Jane Kozak was wonderful! On top of being a great actor, and now novelist of the Wollie Shelley series- a funny murder mystery set in the world of television soaps, she is a mom raising three small children. What an inspiration it was to hear her speak about trying to juggle the daily issues of life and still managing to make her dreams come true.
The fact she has at least ten different drafts for her stories and it took over 10 years to publish her first novel was eye opening for me. I’ve struggled with trying to figure out when enough editing is enough, worried that I’m just spinning my wheels and not getting anywhere. It’s gotten to the point I feel guilty about all the time I’m spending working on my novels and not enjoying the wonderful experience of being a mom.
Harley helped me realize it’s all a process. There should be a happy medium where I can work at making this dream a reality and then laugh, play and create precious memories with my family. A set schedule would help me tremendously. To be happy, I need to devote time and energy to all the important aspects of my life.
As an aspiring author, I really needed to hear about Harley’s journey into the publishing world. Did you know there is no set time frame on this endeavor? LOL I have no idea where I came up with the idea that if I didn’t get published in a certain amount of years I should just wrap it up and call it quits. That it would mean I didn’t have what it took. I love writing, love the way a story develops and seems to breath on its on. I get so excited when a story I thought was going nowhere suddenly twists and everything falls into place. What a rush! Knowing I don’t have to give it up is priceless!
Books Harley recommended:
Shortest Distance Between You and a Published Book – Susan Page
Self Editing for Fiction Writers - Renni Browne & Dave King
What kind of goals have you set for yourself? Have you had to go back and get real with yourself?