Hello, dear readers, and welcome!
I know I've been a bit silent lately, but I have been far from static -- quite a lot has been going on. Some of you may have seen the news about my websites being remodeled, so I'm here to talk a bit about that, and to talk a bit about life.
We all go through periods of change, I think; change is our way to reinvent ourselves, to grow, to weed out what works and what doesn't. In the midst of change, however, I think we often find ourselves drifting right back to where we started -- or, at least it's been that way with me.
"Traditional Self-Publishing", as I have said, was difficult on me -- more falling into the mindset of "everything has to be perfect; I always have to worry about what the readers / reviewers / other authors will think; I have to make this work so I can get on the bestseller's list" than anything. It's difficult to pull yourself out of that mindset, and the fear of writing that comes with it, once you fall face-first into that kind of thinking.
I was amazed to find recently that I am not the only one who has been suffering from this writing bug. A friend of mine, unpublished as of yet, who is working full-time, has been feeling the same -- but more from the pressure of setting up a business than the pressure of running it. I can't say that business is bad, or that publishing is bad, but I think this definitely demonstrates the frustration one can feel, the pressure, if we put too much stake on what is best for everyone else, and hardly any on what works best for us...especially if we are trying to make a new thing, or even an old thing, work.
Writing is a lonely process, a solitary one, even if you have friends writing in the vicinity, but that doesn't mean it has to be a frustrating one -- or more frustrating than it already is, trying to get characters to function, and plots to fall in line.
But that all stems back to the fact that writing, like life, is a process, and I think that we sometimes forget that. Things change, and they change regularly, and as I said above, if you're like me, they often come full circle.
Last December, I decided to separate my YA and Adult fiction into different websites, what sounded like a wonderful idea at the time. I created a new pen name, and I went on my way. I tried new marketing tactics, and my writing sort of fell to the wayside. I wrote about making things work for you, the writer, by using your own special talents, but I didn't take my own advice. I even publicly placed one of my long-enduring projects on the shelf indefinitely, and then, a few months later, you know what happened?
It came back.
It's amazing what can happen when you start at the beginning, when you have the courage to re-create, or perhaps even go back to envisioning writing the way that you used to, when you started, when that marketing and pop culture and social media didn't matter as much, if at all. It's why we begin doing something, why we start pursuing our passion in the first place, that truly keeps us centered, and the moment we lose that, we can lose sight of everything.
Don't be afraid to change -- to grow up, or even to grow down. Don't be afraid to backtrack, to find your center again, or even to find a new road to travel on.
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I am doing some website maintenance, and AlexandraLanc.com will once again become my main website; CrimsonSterling.com will be shutting down at the end of August. Stories will be available to read on AlexandraLanc.com, and new, exciting things will begin.
Lyrics of the Heart, The Beauty of the Beast, and The Chords of Change will be retired from the site on August 11th. They will no longer be available for reading, but will continue to be available for download from Smashwords, or (in Lyrics' case), available for purchase in paperback.
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