Does anyone really like Mondays? To me, the only thing they're good for is to start a diet or an exercise program. But here we are collectively sighing that it is indeed Monday, and for me it's deadline day.
A Peach of a Pair, my new women's fiction title for Berkley books is due today, which makes today even worse. I will turn the book in just by the skin of my teeth, and honestly I have the romance to thank for that.
2014 a tough year to say the least. In the past, whenever things got crazy, I would write, and last year was no different. To give you an indication just how crazy things were, I wrote 5 novellas for the Tule Publishing Group, and I also had my January 5 Berkley deadline.
Unfortunately, by the time I got around to writing A Peach of a Pair, I had nothing left in the tank.
That's never happened to me before; it was terrifying. I locked myself away at the beach for a week
mid November, still nothing. I went to Trader Joe's and bought the extra huge dark chocolate and hazelnut bar, the seven ounce one, and made a deal with myself. For every 20 pages I wrote, I'd eat one square. By the end of the week with 5 squares were gone, I had written 8 pages.
I decided to try another reward system-write during the day, come 6 or 7:00 p.m., read romance on the treadmill and at night. I plowed through Jill Shalvis' and Kristan Higgins' new novels, Tiffany's Snows too. Novellas by Jane Porter, Erika Marks, Tracy Solheim, Megan Crane. So many other romances, I don't even remember the titles or the authors, only that all those stories gave me the happily ever afters I needed to make it to today when I typed THE END on my manuscript and sent it to my editor.
What do you do to get you over the hump? What keeps you going when it seems like it's Monday everyday?
Whatever it is, here's to a new year full of romance and HEA for us all!
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