New Year, New Series, New Resolution by Virna DePaul
New Year, New Series, New Resolution
As 2013 comes to a close, I reflect fondly on a year full of writing challenges and victories. I worked hard to complete the first two books in my upcoming Belladonna Agency series, which launches with Turned on April 1, 2014, followed by Awakened on July 1, 2014. These stories are gritty, sexy paranormal romantic thrillers about an FBI black ops team comprised partially of vampires.
I also completed the second book in my contemporary romance series, the Dalton Brothers Novels, which follows the romantic takedowns of two hot-as-sin identical twin brothers. The titles, Bedding The Wrong Brother and Bedding The Bad Boy fit these “sweet and sultry” stories, very different in tone from my paranormals.
Now there’s the next book to write, more readers to reach, more workshops to teach, more conferences to attend…
Sometimes I miss having a job with set hours. Once I left the office, I was done. I never felt guilty for taking a break. For me, part of being a writer is always feeling, no matter what I’m doing, that I should be writing.
Writing is simultaneously and at all times a dizzying combination of slow-and-steady-wins-the-race and a flurry of intense activity. It’s like attending one New Year’s Eve party after another. It’s about seeing something through from beginning to end, and then having to work up the energy to do it all over again even as your previous endeavors are documented in black and white for all to peruse and judge.
On the flip side, there’s that incomparable rush when I hear from a reader who’s enjoyed one of my stories. And let’s not diminish the allure of getting to work at home in my jammies and having free license to day dream about one sexy guy after another, of course.
So what’s my resolution for 2014? I’d like to find some middle ground. I don’t know if it’s actually possible to work a set writing schedule and then leave it behind to spend guilt-free time in the real world, but I’ll do my best to find out.
How about you? What’s one of your New Year’s resolutions?