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September 13, 2018

INSPIRATION FOUND

Inspiration…?

It’s happened so many times. I find myself sitting and staring at the screen for hours on end, completely void of inspiration. As it goes from bad to worse, my mind becomes consumed with thoughts of how every other author is furiously typing away at the next best-seller. Words cease to exist in my head. As does the ability to organize them in any kind of coherent fashion. 

The longer I sit there, the higher the chances are that I begin to scroll through social media and eventually check out of the writing process entirely. Inspiration found? Nope. In fact, it’s anything but. 

Toolbox.

So what to do when this happens? I’ve learned that you need a toolbox to pull from. 

My hubby and I are HUGE personal development junkies and we recently began reading about Mel Robbins and something she calls the 5 Second Rule. It’s actually a really great tool and it’s been helping us wake up faithfully at 5am every day and do a lot of things that we had been procrastinating about.

Now, yesterday’s goal was to add 5k to my WIP Inked Love. It wasn’t happening. I was stuck. Writer’s block had hit me hard. So I implemented the 5 second rule (which basically consists of counting backwards from five and immediatly doing whatever it is you’ve been dithering about without any further thought.) It worked! Super! I was writing 🙂 With one exception. I was writing pure crap. My words were repetitive and my plot was not moving forward. In fact, my plot had very quickly withered and died. I needed to dive in to this work but I needed inspiration first. Time to reach into the toolbox again. 

Inspirational Combination

Leftover from my days in the fitness world, I know all about the physical and mental benefits of working out.  I also know that being outside in nature is inherently good for my soul. Sunshine, fresh air and the smell of trees and flowers replenish and refill me in a way that nothing else does. That feeling of being connected to the universe is so strong and it always opens my mind to new possibilites.

With this in mind, I put the five second rule in to action once more. I quickly laced up my shoes and without allowing for a second more to dissuade myself, I literally ran out the front door. In fact, I’m not even sure I closed it properly behind me. 

The Result?

Inspiration found! I ran 10km and physically, I felt amazing. The adrenaline and endorphins coursing through my body was addictive. I wanted more, I needed more. But what did this do to me mentally? It put me on one of the BEST highs ever! Inspiration had hit and it had hit HARD.

Somehow during the course of my run, I had discovered a new twist to the Inked Love plot line! I also had created a list of website developments that needed to get done AND two brand new book ideas were buzzing in my brain! Needless to say, I could barely run fast enough to get home and write it all down.

Since I’ve made the switch to full time author, I no longer have the option to wallow in writer’s block. Work needs to get done and it needs to move at a healthy pace. So I simply MUST work through the challenges quickly and not succumb to the darkness that can easily overtake it all. 

So the next time the cobwebs start to block my thoughts, I’m setting my countdown and getting outside. That’s where inspiration is found and my best-selling book will be waiting for me. 

Cassidy xo

 

NEW BEGINNINGS AS A FULL TIME AUTHOR

I’m an AUTHOR!

So here I am! Finally able to live the dream as a FULL TIME AUTHOR! Ever since I published my first novella in 2017, I’ve been dying to get at this full time. Now, thanks to the support of my unbelievably amazing husband, it’s finally happened.

Okay. So I got what I wanted…but what’s next? In the first two days of this new life I will admit to feeling lost. Like, insanely lost. I always had a plan when it came to work. Now, instead of having a plan, I had nothing. To make matters worse, I also had no idea what I should be doing as an author each day.

Nada. Nothing. No freaking clue.

What To Do?

Suddenly, I was unable to function. I sat down at my desk and just stared out the window. Panic overtook me, so consequently I did nothing. In fact, I did nothing for two full days.

Then I decided that if I was going to figure this shit out, I needed some LISTS! In my previous career, lists were my saving grace. Whenever I was feeling overwhelmed, I went to my lists. They brought me a sense of peace, serenity and were always been able to get me back on track.

So last night I did just that, I made lists! Then I made lists about lists. And then more lists. Glorious, beautiful lists. I made lists until I ran out of things to list.

This might sound crazy but the result was a fabulous morning. My kids boarded the bus for school at 7:30am and I went for my morning run. Being out in nature always calms me (plus it was on my list!) and a good run is my favorite way to start the day. I followed that up with a green smoothie and some personal development reading (another love of mine).

Write an Author’s Blog

After settling in to my workstation, blogging was first on my to do list. A few years ago, I ran a fitness blog. I found blogging to be both personally therapeutic and a great way to connect with similarly minded people. With that in mind, it seemed like adding an author’s blog to my website was the right choice.

So here I am writing blog post number one. My intention with this blog is to post every Thursday and give you updates and insights into this crazy author thing.

Current Work

Let’s begin with a quick little book update for you. There are three seductive little novellas currently up on my Amazon page. The Suburban Secrets series tells the story of a married couple who are introduced to alternative ways to spice up and possible even save their failing relationship. Not going to lie to you, these books are definitely on the explicit end of the scale. So it might be a good idea to check out the reviews before you read…because you know…crazy hot sex is not for everyone 😉

Up until now, these novellas have only been available as ebooks. However, as I’m heading out to a book signing in the spring, hard copies will be needed. Thanks to my lists, I’m now in the process of making a hard copy that will include all three novellas in one book!

Then there’s my WIP. Inked Love is my very first full length romance novel and it’s been my WIP for months now. I’m just dying to finish it! Honestly, it’s been one of the hardest projects I’ve ever taken on. It’s hard because I love the story so much that nothing ever seems good enough. Words just don’t seem to be enough to convey the feelings that I have for these characters and their story. But I’m working on it. It’s on my list 😉

Challenges

See, I’ve also recently discovered that I’m an INFJ in the MBTI list of personality types. This translates to a million different things but one thing in particular really stood out to me. It was when I read that INFJ’s tend to see in pictures and feelings. I’ve always felt this way and just thought it was a strange little quirk of mine. Yet it explains so much about my recent struggles with Inked Love.

This approach to writing is also hard for me to describe; especially to other authors who tend to “hear their characters talking to them”. I don’t hear anything! In fact, I hate dialogue. Instead, I see pretty pictures in my mind. Little snapshots of untouched moments and I feel the emotions that accompany them. It’s only when I begin to write that I actually find the words to tell the story. Sometimes. On a good day.

Like everything else in my life, it’scomplicated. Have to say though, I was super relieved to find out that this is an INFJ thing and I’m not totally insane. Or maybe I am? After all, I just changed around my entire life to write full time. This author thing had better work out.

Cassidy xo

 

 

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