Stacia D. Kelly is my ninth guest blogger from Write by the Rails – the Prince William Chapter of the Virginia Writers Club‘s Endless Blog Tour 2014. In the coming weeks, you will find here posts from additional guests. Enjoy!
Getting Out of Your Own Way
by Stacia D. Kelly
Shay, thank you so much for participating in our Endless Possibilities Blog Tour with the Write by the Rails crew! We’re having too much fun visiting all 16 hops. For your readers, I thought I’d tackle the process of getting the Goddess Chronicles out of my head and onto paper.
In 2004, I think that was the year, I tried to join up and do NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) for the first time ever. I wanted to get back to my writing, to finish a full length novel, which was something I hadn’t done since high school. I wanted that part of my creative self back into my everyday life.
But that year, I was an emotional mess. Our son was only a few months old. We’d moved. I wasn’t sleeping, and a whole host of other things were going on, so there was no way I was in any state to get 50,000 words done in 30 days. Yes, some people ask how on earth one can do that anyway. Trust me, it can be done! But, not when you can’t focus. Trust me, I have over 36 manuscripts in various states on my hard drive, and they’re all calling at me to get them finished, especially since so many of them were half starts.
In November 2006, I’d finally gotten myself, my emotions and my environment stable. I was ready to dive back into my writing and thought I was going to start with Glacial, the Goddess of Water, from my Goddess Chronicle series which had been brewing in the back of my mind. Instead, I had the overwhelming sense of needing to write about Phyxe, the Goddess of Fire. She was taunting and tormenting me, throwing ideas out, itching to get out and fight.
It was an amazing ride.
I dove into fight scenes, crafting to make them real, shadow boxing at the gym to make sure she could dodge a hit or tumble just the right way. (It’s something I carry through all the books now too.) I worked on adding layer upon layer to each scene, working in textures and scents where I could. I’d actually written the entire original story with a broken collarbone and shoulder blade in about two and a half weeks. Yes, 50,000 words in about 18 days.
But, it took me years to edit it. I had to get out of my own way a second time. All that emotion and energy, plus healing was draining. It was also a lot of procrastination and fear. And, letting life get in the way.
Something clicked in 2012. Whether it was finding the Scrivener software, which I will never work without again, or having found a great cover artist who’d given me exactly the image I wanted—something switched in my brain and I wanted, no, needed, to get the story out there.
With much trepidation and fear, I hit publish on Kindle Direct Publishing on January 13, 2013. I haven’t looked back. I don’t watch the numbers or freak out about checks, instead, I’ve gotten out of my own way and continue to work on the next stories and series.
How else are the other 36 stories going to get off my harddrive???? So, what do you constantly let slide or talk yourself out of doing? What dreams do you want to accomplish?
Stacia D. Kelly, Ph.D., is the author of the fiction works, “Phyxe: Goddess of Fire”, “Ichi”, and the upcoming “Gaian.” Her non-fiction work includes “Reduce You”, “Muse”, and “Nine Months In, Nine Months Out.” Read more at www.staciakelly.com.