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. 🙂

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. 🙂 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! 😛

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Speaking of characters, Thad and the rest of his wedding crew are all on sale this month of March. Each book in the One Day at a Wedding Series is 99 cents each or you can buy the entire collection for $3.50, which also includes a BONUS STORY, When Cassie Met Thad. It’s a peek into the early days of Cassie (Book One) and Thad’s (Book Three) friendship and why their loyalty and love is so unshakeable and PLATONIC! LOL

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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. 🙂

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. 🙂 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)