I posted this to my FB author page but felt the need to put it here as well.
I just had to get this out,
When a story gives you that giddy feeling every time you’re knee-deep in it, keep going. Despite the lack of interest or reviews, keep going. I say this because Galway Girls is probably one of my least reviewed stories, but the story itself gives me joy. Joy, I can’t even begin to express. I’m sixteen pages into my current chapter, and my heart is racing with literal happiness. Not that I haven’t had that with most of my stories, I most certainly have. There are moments where I shock myself with the things I come up with then, of course, there are times where I absolutely HATE what I’ve written because I felt it wasn’t done to it’s greatest potential. I may sound like an emotional mess right now because I am. I have a handful of stories that hit me right in the feels and mean that much to me. Galway is most certainly top of my list, and that’s what keeps me going. When a story can make you laugh, cry, furious but beg for more AS THE WRITER, you know deep in your heart you’re doing something right.
Don’t give up hope.
Whatever you do, no matter how unappreciated you may feel at times, don’t give up. The one thing WE ALL have to remember… We do these things just as much for ourselves as we do for others. I’m in tears damn near because of how proud I am. Believe me when I say that’s a very rare feeling for me “proud of myself”. I’ve hardly had the option to say or feel that way. Often enough, I feel like a failure that’s let many down. I know I did when I dropped Bella as an MC, but I’m happier for it and freer – creative wise. I can do so much more with my stories and writing Galway Girls made me realize just how ready I am to start original work.
I have sooo many ideas, and I’ve been writing original work since I was about thirteen to fourteen years old. I have at least twelve handwritten stories as I began writing before we even had internet or means of typing it out and I didn’t have access to a typewriter at the time. I’m anxious (but a little scared too lol) to get to those. I want to see what I can do with them, after all these years and with more knowledge on my side.
Anyhow, I had to share my excitement with you all. I had a complete squeal moment and ugh. I can’t wait to see how this story turns out in its whole. But on that same note, I’m sad it’s coming to an end. It’s a bittersweet feeling.
I cannot thank Robin enough for giving me the idea and convincing me to write this. So, readers of Galway Girls, you have her to thank. I wouldn’t have the confidence to write something that wasn’t a crossover and Bella without that nudge of hers. Robin knew I wanted to get away from Bella, for personal, and many other reasons. I expressed this time and time again. She believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself, and that’s why this story exists. It wouldn’t without her – my sister from another mister.
Trust me when I say she doesn’t have it easy keeping me in line and going.
Love to all and back to work I go,