How Bad Do You Want It?

If you are a writer, you’ve likely heard these suggestions often:

“Write every day.”

“Writers write.”

I’ve taken the NIKE Ad a little farther, and often say to myself and other writers, “Just Write It.”

Okay, in theory, these are excellent suggestions. If you want to be a writer, you have to actually put in the time and stay disciplined. But what if you’ve got a day job? What if you’re a single parent? What if you share living space with other noisy students, and have no where quiet to write?

Yup, it’s never easy, but if you want to write a book, you have to remove all the obstacles, make a plan that works for your particular situation, and then stick to that plan. If you have a day job, you’ll have to get up an hour earlier every day for a few months to write. Or possibly stay up later, if you’re a night owl. If you’re a single parent, come up with creative games to occupy your children for an hour or two every night. I’m not a single parent, but if I were, I’d raid the Dollar Store nearest me and create a special “Quiet Time Craft Bag.” I’d tell my kids to use the Quiet Time Bag so I can get my book done, and remind them it’s only for a few months, and you’ll make it up to them. I’d also rely a lot on the flickering babysitter and DVD movies. This is not the time to be Parent of the Year! Let that go for a while and allow yourself your dream of writing a book. You could create a special rewards system for when the kids give you a good, peaceful half hour. I suspect my books would take a lot longer to write if I were a single parent, and my solutions may not work well for someone whose kids demand a lot of attention. You know your kids and your situation best. If I had kids under five, I’d beg a family member or good friend to watch the kids a few times a week (and then I’d owe them big time).

Parenting and writing don’t often work well together, but you can always come up with a plan that works well for you for a while, and then modify that plan as you get deeper into your writing sessions. As for finding a quiet space in your shared apartment: libraries and cafés with headphones on (so no one speaks to you!) have worked well for me in the past. It’s not fun lugging your laptop to a library every night, but if the end result is your first novel, you may decide it’s more than worth the extra trouble.

There’s a country song performed by my favorite country singer Tim McGraw that goes, “How bad do you want it?” I sing it often. I think its theme is the key to writing and finishing a book. There are always obstacles to staying disciplined as a writer, but there are always ways to remove those obstacles – if only temporarily, for a few months – if you want the end result badly enough.

So, what are your obstacles? What might be your solutions? Could you implement those for a few weeks, just to give it a try?  Is your finished book worth it?

How bad do you want it?

L-R JM Lavallee, Heather Grace Stewart, Nancy Beattie, Jennifer Bogart - Morning Rain Publishing Authors who sat down and Wrote It!
L-R JM Lavallee, Heather Grace Stewart, Nancy Beattie, Jennifer Bogart – Morning Rain Publishing Authors who sat down and Wrote It!

A Christmas Interview

Here’s my first ever videotaped interview conducted by our nine-year-old daughter, Kayla.

Have a beautiful holiday season!

PS If you comment on this video when it’s posted in my publisher Morning Rain Publishing’s fun holiday party event for readers and authors HERE at 7:30 pm EST Thursday, Dec. 11th (posting time – you can comment any time after that all night long)  then you will be entered in a draw to win MRP books and book related prizes!

Holiday Party & 20 Percent Off Morning Rain Publishing Books!

Hey guys! Hope all is well.

For a limited time, you can get 20 percent off any Morning Rain Publishing Ebook by putting in the code XMAS20 at the Morning Rain Publishing website. 20 percent off Strangely, Incredibly Good and all other MRP ebooks? Great deal!

On Thursday, December 11 from 6 to 10 p.m. Morning Rain Publishing is holding an online Facebook Holiday Party! Readers can interact with authors on this “Superfan group” as they are calling it. Join HERE!

As you know, I recently left Facebook, so I can’t chat on there, but if you really want to ask me a question, why not do so here during that time frame? Now that I realize my daughter’s violin concert isn’t that evening after all (oh the mind clutter at Christmas! ) I’ll be here, and will be happy to chat in the comments section of this post, or the video post. You can also @ me on Twitter and I will respond. I’m @hgracestewart on Twitter.

Video post? YES! I’ll also post a video interview on this blog at 6 p.m. EST which MRP will post in the Facebook Group. You don’t want to miss it – our nine year old daughter Kayla conducts an interview (my first video interview ever!) with me in our home. I think she steals the show, the cutie :)

I think that’s all the news for now. You can check Upcoming Events to learn more about my January 3 book signing in B.C. and my Speaker Series noon hour speech in early March in Kingston, Ontario.

Don’t forget to use that 20 percent off code(good until Dec. 30th) , and if you already have my novel, please help a small independent publisher and buy a Morning Rain Publishing Book for someone you love.

Have a wonderful holiday season. Merry Christmas from our home to yours!

Heather

Snowy December 10, 2014

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Yup, I Finally Left Facebook

I left Facebook for good two weeks ago, and while I miss interacting with many of you readers and friends, I know I made the right choice for me and my family.

I don’t want to make a big deal of it. I don’t need to make some grand public statement about Facebook. I don’t think Facebook is evil, and I don’t think that you should all log off. I do think it’s only getting worse, not better. I miss the days when you could send someone cyber flowers or throw Obama at them! But, that’s besides the point.

Facebook is a communication/networking tool, and like all tools, you need to make it work for you. It wasn’t working for me anymore.

I miss seeing many of your photos reading your status updates, and I miss my two publishers’ discussion groups, and boy do I miss updates from the parents at my daughter’s school, but at the end of the day, I needed to make a choice.

I chose to make time for more meaningful conversations. ‘LIKE’ just wasn’t doing it for me anymore. I decided to choose to make more time in my day for exchanging longer emails with friends, phone calls, Skype calls, and even snail mail letters. I was only on Facebook a few minutes every morning to post on my Page, and an hour every night, but I think I also ‘checked’ people’s updates a few times throughout the day. Those minutes added up. Now, I find I have more hours in the day to do as I wish, and I’m happier.

I’ve been working on the sequel to Strangely, Incredibly Good, and it’s going well! I’m taking my time, though, because I want the second book to be just as good as the first. I’ve been posting the draft up on Wattpad.com here. You can take a look if you’re curious and if you’ve already read the first book. Leave a comment if you can, please — comments keep me motivated!

I still haven’t conquered the piles of laundry that forever need to be folded, or the dust bunnies under the fridge. Darn. But I’ve been enjoying fun times with friends and family in-person, and I think that’s more important.

This weekend, I was hardly online at all, so I’ve managed to get half the Christmas cards written and addressed, and we made yummy chocolate lollipops on my daughter’s day off school. I mulled some wine with spices last night, as it was rather chilly outside putting up our house lights. Our marriage stayed intact during the challenge of putting up house lights, at least for another year. ;) Wonderful to come in from the cold to the mulled wine on the stove. I have to say, I wish I could share a cup with all of you!

Thanks for reading my books, and thanks for following my blog. I hope you all find time to sit back and enjoy this holiday season.

Heather :)

I’m still easily found online! Just not on Facebook.

How can you reach me? You can send me an email (writer@hgrace.com) or comment here – I’d absolutely love that.

I post chapters weekly on:

Wattpad

I post daily ( sigh, yeah. trying to keep it in check!) on
Twitter

Goodreads I have a profile here

Google Plus  I post here maybe once a week?

Cheers! To 'finding' more time for the things you really love. Heather & her mulled wine
Cheers! To ‘finding’ more time for the things you really love. (Note I kick up my heel I like it so much! )
Author Heather Grace Stewart & her mulled wine

An Interview with Heather Grace Stewart

Heather Grace Stewart:

Writer-Blogger Caroline Clemens offered to have me visit her blog, Gardenlilie.com for a short interview. Fun! Thanks very much Caroline!

Originally posted on gardenlilie:

Canadian Author

This is Heather Grace Stewart! I found this Canadian author on WordPress, and read her poetry book a couple years ago. I even left her my first review that I ever wrote. I had no idea I’d be posting a short interview about her further accomplishments. She is bubbly and vivacious and gets her work out there for others to see and enjoy.

Though she’s trained as a journalist, Heather Grace Stewart has been writing creatively since she was five years old, and says “I don’t see myself stopping any time soon.” She’s had a screenplay, two nonfiction books, a children’s book of poems, and four collections of poetry published. How incredible!

Here’s more about her on her blog. Have a look.

In June 2014, Morning Rain Publishing published her first novel, Strangely, Incredibly Good (a romantic comedy/fantasy). It reached #10 in humorous fiction on Kobo and #28 in Women’s…

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Dead People’s Avatars

Dead People’s Avatars

I said I never would

But I just wrote on a dead man’s

Facebook Wall.

We’re all going to do it

some time.

It’s inevitable now.

Dead people’s avatars

floating around cyberspace

their LinkedIn profiles

asking you to join them

for a business venture,

their lively smiles

begging you to Invite

them to your Facebook event

Despite that they

are dead.

At least it gives us pause

makes us wonder

momentarily if

they’re back from the dead —

Zombies are trending, after all —

Or, perhaps we just lost track of them

for a few months

lost sight of them in the nonsense

of our newsfeeds.

So we stop.

And think.

And reflect.

We mourn

a Dead person’s avatar.

The living?

We just LIKE

And move along.

Strangely Incredibly Good – New Review & Interview

Book Reviews.

Thanks to Christine Peets for this interview and review!