I love going to my writers group once a month, on a Saturday. It’s always encouraging to catch up with the girls and walk away feeling inspired to work. Once, I used to meet up with a couple of them between those meetings and we would have a laugh and a catch up, and again I would come away feeling inspired to work on my latest project.
On Saturday, I had the opportunity to sit in on a question and answer with Nalini Singh. I first met her about 5 years ago, when our Romance Writers chapter hosted her for a day long writing workshop. It was amazing, and I had such a blast meeting her. So I didn’t hesitate to go along when I found out she was in Nelson again. She is such an amazing person, so down to earth and approachable, friendly, funny and a whole lot of cuteness.
She talked about her writing, her inspiration, her characters, her worlds, and everytime she answered a question, her eyes would light up as she spoke of what she had been doing, of what she had created. She loves her job, and she is bloody good at it. And once more I came away feeling inspired to pull out all of my discarded projects and resurrect them.
I love writing, and I love it when the creative juices are flowing. I feel my happiest when I can sit down with my laptop and write. But it is often hard to motivate yourself when you are the only one around. You don’t have your own little cheerleading team encouraging you to keep going. Nalini has a huge fan base that supports her. My fan base…non existent. But her success didn’t happen overnight. It was her 6th book that made her the huge writer that she is, and her 10th that made her a New York Times best seller. So there is still hope for me yet.
But Nalini is also a full time author. She spends 4 – 6 hours a day on her profession as a writer, whether it be writing or dealing with editing or editors. I publish one book a year. She publishes 2 or 3 depending on the timing of her books.
One day, maybe we will be on a par, but until then, I have to settle for being pleased to have made some book sales a month.
So life is slowly settling into its Winter Hibernation Mode – that means work, school, dreading the drive into town, getting home as quickly as possible so I can light my fire and warm up. Yeah, I hate the cold. Absolutely hate it. And the colder it is, the more I despise it. And this year is shaping up to be a cracker. We had frost on the trees the other day. Yes, Frost…on trees!
At least I have the weekends, where I can sleep in until the sun comes up, and I don’t have to get out of bed until it is at least a normal temperature… but of course I can’t during the week. Instead I have to rug up warm and walk around like the abominable snow man!
How are things going in your corner of the world?