I know all of these things. Think most writers do. ‘Writer’s butt’ — the ache of sitting too long, massaging lines, sentences, paragraphs, intentions, plots, and so on — strikes on too many days. I often feel like I can’t do this and think about giving up. Just live a normal life, right? Not think about plotting, pacing, characters, endings, and beginnings. But the itch remains. There’s a story. Write it. Finish it. Move on, and torture yourself again. Isn’t this fun?
Usually, when I release a book, I like to do a bit of tongue-in-cheek post about the thoughts that run through your head, such as:
- Reading Your Book: Thoughts That Run Through Your Head
- Thoughts That Run Through Your Head Now You’re A Published Author
- Thoughts That Run Through Your Head When You Release A Second Book
I did have thoughts for what is now my third book release too, but they weren’t so funny. Why? Because this was the hardest book to write.
And it wasn’t because I was writing it during 6 COVID lockdowns that spanned 290 non-consecutive days. Or the hell that was months of homeschooling. Not even the mental and physical toll of three postponed surgeries, one major surgery, one unsuccessful surgery, and a follow-up surgery I’m still yet to have, made the book hard to write (although none of those setbacks helped).
This book was…
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