Writer Problems…What’s Your Name Again?

There are a lot of issues that strike authors throughout their career. Deadlines, an over active imagination, days where a story you aren’t even working on interrupts your WIP or days when not a single person living in your head wants to come out to¬†play. So, from writer’s block to multiple personalities – we all have issues.

Recently, I have developed a new tick, of sorts. It is a regular part of my job to create people, to decide what they look like, their mannerisms and silly quirks, and then I name them. Whatever I want to call them, so shall it be!

Thad - Teaser 1This is Thad, he is a smooth talker and a loyal friend. He has a crooked smile and what some might call a devilish grin; all held together with a heart of pure gold and a wicked sense of humor! I named him. I couldn’t imagine him with any other name.

I adore him! I better get back on topic, he is distracting to say the least. ūüôā

Back to my new-found problem, a lot of times when I see someone I get an idea of what their name “should” be, you know if I was writing their life. Unfortunately, this is not always the name they actually have. When I am introduced to said person, I am now having a hard time remembering their actual name and instead want to call them the name I feel suits them best. Like the kid on my son’s baseball team who looks like a Jake to me, his name is Logan. Or the high school basketball who I call Todd, even though his name is Josh. It has gotten so bad that my son now knows who I am referring to when I use their name improperly – because it happens so often. LOL

I am not saying that I prefer my imaginary world to the real world; no, no, I would never say that. ūüôā It just seems to bleed over more and more the longer I do this and the more books and characters I have under my belt!

On the bright side it makes life interesting for me and new people I meet and gives my son one more reason to shake his head at his crazy MOM! ‚̧ Good thing he loves me and has a good memory for names! ūüėõ

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Bride in wedding day in lavender fieldBride in wedding day in lavender field

Thanks for stopping by today and at the very least I hope you get a good chuckle at my expense or maybe even smile knowing you do the same thing. If you have a funny quirk that you have gotten due to your work or life, tell us about it and we can all compare notes. ūüôā

Wishing you well, in Fiction and real life!

Kindly,

Kelly Rae

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Writing is a Business…

ImageWhen you own a business and work from home, it’s often hard to set boundaries. First, I have to be clear with myself that writing is my BUSINESS. People like to marginalize it by calling it a hobby, but the reality is that I¬†write 5-7 days a week and there is a profit, well not exactly a profit for the last two years, but this year I am expecting a profit.¬† Yeah me!

So, I am at home writing, writing, writing and trying to market myself on social media as best I can.¬†Which includes¬†a lot of time¬†anxiously posting, editing,¬†deleting and reworking¬†posts, because I am not as charming as I wish I was. ūüôā¬†Also because it’s not really in my nature to share bits of my life with others or scroll and locate information about them.¬†This¬†is a¬†total departure from what is comfortable to me. Wait….that was off topic, but true so I won’t delete! Ha!

Back to my original point, it’s easy to volunteer for this and that, because you think well I am home and I can do it, so you do. It’s easy enough to become distracted when I am working between¬†the internet, “research” (aka looking at hot guys on writers Facebook pages) and well heck the snow falling is enough some days. There are days when I look up from not working and find that I have only a couple of hours left to be productive, which makes me so irritated with myself. I am a business. My writing is my business and yes there is some flexibility in owning my own business, but it also means nothing gets done without me. If I don’t show up for work, pages are left blank and deadlines fail. And just because those deadlines are set by me, doesn’t mean they are valid, stick to dates. Image

I think it’s easy sometimes to see things the way the majority of the world does, but when I focus and remember that just because writing seems like a really cool and easy gig doesn’t mean I have to buy into that concept. It’s hard work, painstaking some days and like I said if I don’t show up, books don’t get written.

 

With as many ideas as I have already outlined and that come to me while I am driving my kid here and there, I will be working for a long time! Thank goodness, because I really love this work and I am excited to see my business grow and flourish and reach new heights. Goal setting 101, step ONE: SHOW UP!

Okay, now back to work, I still have time before I have to start dinner!

Kindly,

Kelly Rae

aka Jocelyn Bell (xo)