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Intro

Hey guys!!!! I started this blog as a way to do something I love: talking about writing. I will use this blog to talk about my process, to try to open up discussions on writing, and occasionally to talk about important subjects that somehow tie back into my writing.

With all that being said, let’s start this out right by introducing myself. I am Kelsie Swaney. I’m a new author who loves what she does. I write cheesy romances, because honestly they are my way of fantasizing and having fun. I write a lot more than just that, but as an author that’s what i’m sticking to for now. If i’m on my laptop, i’m either reading, writing, surfing Facebook, or binge watching something on Netflix (right now i’m re-watching Criminal Minds and Supernatural). I’m 21, going on 22, and I’m a senior in college. I’m studying psychology, because the human mind is forever fascinating. I believe that understanding human behavior and thoughts will help to inform my writing, which is one reason that I didn’t study English to begin with. I wanted a deeper look into my characters, not just a shallow interpretation. I’m thinking about maybe getting my masters in social work online once I find a job that will afford me both the means and time to do so.

 

Well, that’s it for this post Wordsmiths! If you’ve got anything you want me to talk about in a post, ideas to make the blog better, or just want to chat, contact me! I welcome any new writing friends!

 

 

Help!!!!

So, great news guys! I finally finished book two in my series!!!! It’s in the long process of editing, and after that the other project I told you about will also be going into editing. On top of all that excitement, I started book three in the series. Needless to say, I’m a very busy girl.

I’m trying not to let myself freak out about how crazy my life has become. I am pretty much just living through my writing at this point. I’m a writer who has no life, save for the ones I live in my books. It is actually really pathetic, but oh well. I’m hoping that will eventually change, that I can find some kind of work life balance that I can live with. Now either way I play it, I feel like I’m failing. If I spend too much time on my life, then I feel like I’m failing at writing, and if I spend all my time writing I feel like I’m becoming a hermit.

What do I do guys? Seriously, I’m having this horrible feeling that there is no answer to my problem. Thoughts and words of wisdom would be welcome right now

Progress

Hey wordsmiths, I know, long time no blog. I’ve been hard at work trying to finish not one, but two books. I’ve told you a bit about the first one (see the Project Reveal blog post) but the second one is the one I’m most excited about! This is book two in my series, which I know that some people have been waiting for. I guess it’s about time this one gets finished. It’s been over a month since the 1st book came out, and already I’m setting my sights on book 3! It feels so unreal!

 

Anyway, what’s everyone working on? Anyone want to do character interviews or something? If so, drop a comment and we’ll figure it out!

 

As per usual, write on wordsmiths!

Dealing With Non-Writers

So guys, I feel like I should share something funny with you today, and then I’ve got a question.

 

Today my friend tells me he could write 24,000 words in like an hour (that’s how much I have left in my new project). I proceeded to laugh, because that’s how I know he’s not a writer. 24,000 words feels like an eternity to me. I mean I think it’s because I keep changing how I want to do things.

 

The point I’m trying to make, is how do you deal with non-writers thinking they know what it’s like or underestimating how hard you work?

 

Usually I just laugh uncomfortably and shrug it off. It’s that or I will tell them how it really is for me, and that every writers experience is different.

 

I would love to hear what you guys think, because I’m curious.

Project Reveal

Hey wordsmiths, it’s been a while! I’ve been super busy working on my newest book. It’s really coming along well. I guess it’s time I reveal something about my project, maybe give you a taste of who I am as a writer.

 

This project is a bit different from what I’ve been writing, because it’s not purely romance. I mean it’s main focus is the romance, because that’s my genre, but it’s got a splash of mystery and thriller thrown in there just for good measure.

 

This book is a second chance romance. It’s the story of two high school sweethearts finding their way back to each other after years apart. What happens when the person you love suddenly walks back into your life after you’ve moved on? What do you do? Those are the questions my main character has to answer for herself. On top of that, a stalker is thrown into the mix.

 

Want to know more? Well, I’ll be posting more about it soon! I’m not going to post the title, because i want to keep it to myself until it goes to my publisher, but hopefully it will be coming out at the end of the month, if not then sometime near the beginning of next month. Keep an eye out, because this one is gonna be awesome!

 

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Comment and share! As always, write on Wordsmiths!

 

 

 

Top 5 Things That Happen After Clearing the Fog

So, I know I’ve been MIA, and you guys know why, but I’m starting to make a comeback. I have done some writing, and I finally came up with a title when I had to send my synopsis to my publisher! Wordsmiths, I’m clearing the fog. With that being said, let’s talk about what happens after you clear the fog:

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Any number of things could happen when you clear the fog from your brain. Here’s the top 5 common things that I’ve experienced.

 

  1. A rush of inspiration: After clearing space in your head, it’s pretty common to get this rush of inspiration. I feel like it’s because all of those creative thoughts were unleashed after being stuck for so long.

 

2. Uncertainty: Sometimes after clearing the fog you could be a little gun shy (or at least I can be), so you are a little more critical and uncertain of anything you write. You just want your writing to be amazing, and you’re unsure of if it is after being stuck.

 

3. Feeling Rushed: Oh man, this is my life right now. I feel so rushed since I have a deadline coming up. After being stuck for so long with a deadline at the end of the month, I feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day. This is more common in authors working with publishers rather than those who self-publish since there isn’t really a deadline (unless self-imposed).

 

4. A Renewed Love of What You Do: Ok, this one is kind of self-explanatory. When you can finally write again, you love what you do even more. You develop a greater appreciation of being able to write.

 

5. A Loss of Motivation: You’ve been so used to having nothing to write, that when you do sometimes you just don’t have the motivation. This one is a big one for me. I’ll have so much to say, but no motivation to say it. I guess the rush of inspiration can feel so overwhelming that you just lay around and do nothing.

 

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Ok, that’s all guys! At the end of the month I’ve got a really cool announcement to make, so keep an eye out! Until then, write on Wordsmiths!

Trapped in the Fog

Hey guys, I don’t have much to say this time, and I’ll tell you why. Lately I just haven’t felt like writing. I love writing, don’t get me wrong, but I just feel like I’m walking through a fog lately. I am trying to find a way to bring some light back into my world. I’ve been trying to write, but it just isn’t clicking like it should. It’s like the words are there, and I know they are, but they are trapped behind the fog. They are just out of reach, as is my motivation. I’m just waiting for this time to pass because I know a creative updraft is waiting on the other side. For now I’m just trapped in the fog, sitting and waiting patiently.

 

Anyway, write on wordsmiths, may inspiration and creativity be with you.

Writing with Anxiety

Ok wordsmiths I am having a rough night/morning, and I feel like I need to write about something that is important to me.

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I have anxiety. I know some of you out there do to, so you might understand what I’m going to talk about.

 

Anxiety is different for everyone, and for me, it’s a lot of what ifs and worrying about all these small things that don’t truly matter. My brain is swirling with all of it, and it makes it tough to really be able to focus on things sometimes.

 

For this post I want to focus on being a writer with anxiety. Keep in mind this is my experience, and it won’t be the same for everyone. There will be things that you all can identify with, and I would love to hear about them if you are willing to share in the comments.

 

For me, writing shuts down the what ifs. It makes it so that I can recenter myself and find some sort of peace. Yeah I know what you’re thinking, that sounds great, but it’s when I’m not writing that everything is difficult.

 

I’m always writing, even if i’m not actually writing something down. I’m constantly thinking of new parts for books and figuring out what I would do. Well, along with this goes the constant string of “what if I did this” and “oh wait, what if I did that instead”. It makes it difficult to write a few sentences let alone a whole book. When all that starts happening I close my eyes and take a deep breath. I focus on any one thing and picture it in my mind. Having one thing to really pull my focus helps me usually.

 

There’s also the anxiety surrounding publishing. I get terrified about how big it all feels and it sends me back into the what ifs. I try to pull my focus like I told you about before, but usually it doesn’t work in this situation. When that fails, I try a couple of different things. I talk to friends, I read, I listen to music, or I take deep breaths. If those things don’t work, then I do the one thing that doesn’t scare me, I write. I will sit there and write for hours until I realize I’m not afraid anymore and there are no more what ifs, because what I do is what I love. It’s worth all the fear and anxiety.

 

I also have a lot of anxiety surrounding the idea of outlining. In a previous post I know I told you guys that I don’t outline, and this is why. Trying to outline with all the what ifs is impossible. The only way to get books done is to just let it all flow naturally. Once I see it all typed out, I usually stick with what I’ve got unless there are some things I just can’t stand.

 

All that said, my fixes work on the good days. Some days are worse than others. On those days I am afraid to even open up my laptop because I’m afraid of what I’ll write. The bad days belong to the what ifs, and they control what happens. On those days I give myself a break from writing to try to meditate or just drown out the what ifs with music and reading.

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That’s all I’ve got for you guys today. Thanks for bearing with me guys. As always, write on wordsmiths!