Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Hope and Timing.

Have you ever had a project that makes up the essence of who you are? A project that you feel SO passionate about, you know deep in your bones that it’s the one that will always hold a sacred place in your heart?

Perhaps it’s the first book you wrote and think it deserves another chance, or perhaps it’s one that you submitted too early, knowing it wasn’t ready yet, or maybe it’s a book that you haven’t dared write yet because you’re too scared to dive in, knowing what it’s going to take.

I have such a book… and to be working on it again feels like SUCH a miracle. I thought my shot with this book was gone, and to have hope again? It’s everything. I’ve immersed myself in this world this past week and it’s soooooo interesting how taking such a long break away from it has helped me see things more clearly. I can easily see what wasn’t working and what can be better and what I want the flavor of the story to be… etc.

And you know what’s interesting? I’m glad that things haven’t aligned with this book yet. I’m glad that I get to rework it. Because the story deserves another chance. And I wouldn’t want it to debut without it living up to its full potential.

I think some books can be what they are and not need special attention or not need a bazillion revisions. But the ones that are special? The ones that have that extra magic that resonates with you?

Take heart. Let it sit. Allow it to simmer and take its time. Because I CHOOSE to believe it’ll be worth it in the long run.

So while I KNOW it’s hard to face rejection or face writer’s block or face moments of doubt, be GLAD when those doors haven’t opened yet—because in the long run, it can definitely be a good thing.

Yes? No? Know what I mean? 

Red. Head. Out.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Update, News, and Thank You.

I want to thank all of you for your kind words and support with my last post. It’s funny how life really throws you sometimes. And it’s interesting how we each have our foundations that we base our “normal” life off of, and when those foundations are ripped away, it’s difficult to find footing again.

But as you all know, life has a way of opening doors and paving new opportunities—of making things seem not as dark as they are in past moments. And especially as a writer, it’s important to learn how to roll with the punches—to shake them off and only let them push you harder.

I look at all of you and I see such strength. And I see so much good. I think it’s so neat that we each have a story to tell… that we each have magic that only we can create. And I think it’s so easy to lose sight of that. To let others have control over how we feel about ourselves. To let others have power over us. To let them tell us whether we are worthy… whether or not we can make it.

And of course I know this is ridiculous—that no one (or any circumstance) should have that kind of negative impact on us. But I think it’s something I’m getting better at. At least I hope. :)

Just for some news, I have signed with a new agency, and I’m excited to see where this new direction takes me. If you want to read an interview about it, you can read here.

Also, I’ve hesitantly decided to join twitter again, so if you want to reconnect there, here’s my handle: @ShamyMorgan

Any new doors or opportunities come your way? How are you handling the emotional journey? I told my mom I’d write a happier post, so everyone didn’t think I was miserable all the time, so hopefully this counts!!!

Red. Head. Out. :)

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