Today’s guest host is Kelly Martin, a fellow Astraea author who is celebrating the release of her latest novel, Big is Beautiful.
Without further ado, here’s Kelly…
People have asked me how I deal with disappointment– which sort of makes you do a double take and say, “Why, am I a disappointment?”
Writing is all about disappointment, stress, and biting your nails down to the quick (or am I the only one?) When you write the first draft of your first book, you doubt and stress over it. When you query agents, you get that lump in your stomach.
You just know that WHEN you get that book deal, the lump will go away.
That’s not the case… sadly.
It’s replaced by new anxieties, fears, worries, stresses. I think it’s like that for anyone who puts themselves out there. It’s scary.
So, why do it? Why sit up late and devote so much time to a book that might not even sell 50 copies? Why send query letters? Why put your heart out there? It’s simple. As a writer, it’s what we do. We create worlds for these characters to live in and it wouldn’t be ‘humane’ to keep them cooped up in either our brain or in our notebooks (if you’ve gotten up the courage to go that far).
Doubt never goes away. Frustration never goes away. There will always be someone who makes us question what in the world we are doing. That’s when you have to remember why you write, why you create worlds, and why you love it so much.
What’s your reason for writing? If you aren’t a writer, do you get stressed out and frustrated at your job? What do you do to push through the self-doubt?
My newest book has a girl dealing with her own self doubt. Hers isn’t writing. It’s about her lack of math skills and her weight. Brittany is probably one of my favorite characters to write. She’s a lot like me (I have pretty funny inner dialogue too ) With the evil Kendra Moses taunting her relentlessly, Brittany has to decide if she wants to change or accept herself as she is. Personally, I hope she accepts herself. The world would be awfully boring if we were all alike.
B.I.G. IS BEAUTIFUL: A LOVE STORY
AUTHOR BIO: Kelly Martin a southern girl who writes… a lot. She is the author of the bestsellers SAINT SLOAN and THE DECEPTION OF DEVIN MILLER. Her first novel, CROSSING THE DEEP, won the Grace Award for best Young adult novel. By day, she is a teacher. By night, she has her hair in a bun and her fingers on a keyboard. She loves God, is addicted to chocolate, and would rather write than sleep. Kelly loves a good mystery and believes in Sherlock Holmes.
You can find her at http://kellymartinbooks.blogspot.com/
She’s also on twitter: https://twitter.com/martieKay
And on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kelly-Martin-Author/136506059763138