Finding The Write Words with Darlene Fredette

Finding The Write Words with Darlene Fredette
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Monday, September 18, 2017

Writing Frustration

I've taken a break from writing, the last two months actually. Not just because my magazine is now being published monthly...well, okay that is a big reason for my time schedule being full. But mainly because a growing frustrating has been building.
I understand a book isn't published overnight, but to quote the lyrics of a Tom Petty song...'the waiting is the hardest part'. A writer waits after submitting their manuscript, they wait for a contract, they wait for edits, they wait for a cover design, they wait for a release date. And I get this is necessary to have a product you're proud of at the end.

Truth be told...it's not really the waiting that has me frustrated with writing...even though I haven't heard my from my editor regarding revisions I returned almost three months ago. I'm questioning my writing ability. Is my writing good enough? Are my story plots interesting enough to grab a reader's attention?
My published books have received good reviews. I'm lucky to not received a bad review. But I also don't received an outstanding amount of five star reviews either. Heavy sigh...

What does it take to be a best selling author? I don't know. But then again, I don't write with that in mind. I write stories I hope readers will find enjoyable.

While my frustration sits, I get an email that one of my books has been chosen for audio. Then I receive a royalty report showing how many of my books sold. The result is okay. I don't write with expectations of making thousands of dollars. I'm a realist. However, I can't help but smile when my Christmas and Winter themed novels sells several copies in the middle of summer. Then, just yesterday I received an email that another book has been picked for audio. My spirits lift, and I think, maybe I am an okay writer.

I need to dust off the frustration and believe in my writing and my stories. If just a handful of people enjoyed a story I wrote, then my time and effort was well worth it.
Book four of my Redford Falls series will get written. And I'll send my editor another email. Persistence is beyond required as writer. Oh, and lots of patience!

6 comments:

  1. I'm glad you decided to keep writing, Darlene! I love what you do with Still Moments too, but it would've made me sad if you stopped writing fiction. You never know who you touch with your writing. One of my husband's cousins recently had to euthanize a beloved dog. She told me that my book , A Sweeter Spot, helped her through some tough times in veterinary waiting rooms. I was glad my work helped her escape sadness for a bit. And I realized I only knew about it because she told me. I remembered times a book carried me away from a dark place, and The author would never know. I am so far behind best selling authors, they can't see me in the rear view mirror, but it's worth it if I help a few people escape their troubles for a while.

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    1. Thank you, Donna. It is uplifting to know your story helped someone's day. How nice of her to let you know. You said it just right...our stories provide an escape :-)

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  2. I'm sorry that you're struggling with frustration, but at the same time I'm so glad you wrote this post. I've been struggling/feeling frustrated for the past 6 months or so while trying to revise a completed manuscript. It's heartening to know that I'm not alone.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by, Katherine. I'm sorry to hear you've been struggling with the same frustration. It's a difficult funk to get out of. But we can do it together. Contact me anytime to chat :-)

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  3. I think frustration and self doubt happens to most Authors to some degree at one time or another. It's no fun. Glad you worked thru it. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you, Tena. I've had self-doubt before but never this long. It is slowly lifting, so here's hoping a new chapter gets written soon.

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