I received from exciting news this past Tuesday morning, while attempting to start the work day – an email stating that my book, Thief in the Castle, had won gold in the Global Book Awards.
Don’t believe me? Here’s a link to the winner’s page: GOLD
I am honored and flabbergasted to have won anything.
And I’ve been thinking about my writing since. Fun fact: I published the first chapter of my first fanfiction on March 4, 2014. I remember publishing it to the fan site and being terrified. I was putting myself and my writing out there for the first time.
Since March 4, 2014, I have written almost every day.
I say “almost every day” because I’m a working adult and sometimes I get home and face-plant on the bed. You know.
But, since March 4, 2014, I have self-published four books, met my publisher, and published five books with them with another five queued. That’s fourteen books that have been inspired, drafted a thousand times, the nrevised until I can’t think straight. Fourteen books in seven years.
I’m not saying all of those books are gold-level winners. I’m sure they’re not. That’s not counting the fanfiction I wrote, either, or the books that never made it past the rough draft stage.
I don’t want this to come across as me bragging about how many books I’ve written. I’m sorry if that how this feels. The point I want to make is that if you want to write, write. Keep writing. Don’t stop.
I’m also antisocial, unmarried, and without kids. So, that’s also a factor in how much writing time I have.