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I would love to feature guest posts from other writers, big and small, concerning the struggles we all face, and the passion that gives us the perseverance to continue pursuing our writing dreams. If you have something to share in this vein, please submit it via email to chelsealclemmons.author@gmail.com.

If you submit a guest post, please include a link to your blog and the name of one work/project of yours (as well as a link to it if it is available for sale, etc.) so that I can promote you to my followers.

Once your guest post has gone live, feel free to share a link to it on your blog, social media, etc. I will share it with mine, plus the Author Promotion Network (@AuthorPromoNet) Twitter accounts that I run. If your book or project falls into a particular genre, let me know so I can promote it for you on the correct branch account(s) as well!

In other news, I am actively seeking books to review. If you have a book or story you’d like me to review, please attach it as a PDF or EPUB file and I will post a review within 40 days of receiving the file.


Work It #9 from A Writer’s Guide to Persistence by Jordan Rosenfeld

Work It #9 from A Writer’s Guide to Persistence by Jordan Rosenfeld

Chapter 9: Push Through Perfectionism

Choose the fear that resonates most strongly with you at the time of your writing. (You can also repeat this exercise for any other fear.) Make it the title or subject of a freewrite. For example, perhaps the fear of being a fraud is your chosen subject. Set a timer for a minimum of ten minutes and write a short story, a poem, or an essay without stopping to correct a thing. Just let it flow; don’t stop to correct anything. Don’t use quotation marks or punctuation, and don’t cross anything out. Just start a new “sentence” when you feel stuck. This exercise helps transmute a negative feeling into a positive outcome–it’s a mental version of the “Move It” exercises.

I’m going to do this exercise with the support of the 5,000 Words Per Hour app created by Chris Fox. I love that app, and I’ve been using his techniques and doing all my recent blog posts as writing sprints. I’m also using SelfControl to keep me off distracting websites while I do my writing sprints. I know that I have problems focusing, so I’m doing what I can to fix that. In any case, when I reach the end of this Work It exercise, I’ll be posting my WPH stats at the end of this post.

Which fear resonates most strongly with me right now?

Fear of Failure

I struggle every single day with the fear that I’m never going to succeed as a writer. I’m never going to find the time or the willpower to finish my novel. I’m going to inconvenience everyone around me so much that my writing career just won’t be worth it anymore, and I will give up. I mean, what gives me the right to be a writer anyway? Who the hell am I to do this? What do I have to say that hasn’t already been said a million times? Why does my voice even matter?

Does it? Does my voice matter at all? Does my writing mean anything to anybody besides me? What if it doesn’t mean anything to anybody besides me? What then? What am I even writing for? Why does this matter so much to me? Why does it hurt me so deeply and badly when people don’t understand this need that I have to write?

I just went three days without writing because I didn’t want to inconvenience my husband, my cousin Shelby, and her boyfriend James while we were spending Valentine’s Day weekend together at the beach. It was a really nice respite, yes, but did anybody stop to think that I was sacrificing something vital to me for their sake? Did anyone stop to think that I was sacrificing consistency because I didn’t want to be rude? Does anybody understand why this matters so much to me? Does anyone care?

I’ve been what I would call a struggling writer for my entire life. Does anyone else out there get that struggle? Does anyone else out there wake up with this burning need to pour words out on the page? Does anyone else wake up every morning and feel the overwhelming urge to reach out through words and touch someone else’s soul?

I just want to matter. I want the things I love to matter to the people I love. Does that ever really happen? Or are all writers doomed to bear the cross of an overwhelming, burning desire that no one else but other writers will ever understand? Are we all doomed to be the only ones who really care about our writing?

Is there always going to be a struggle between the people who mean the most to us and the one thing we do that means the most to us? Can there ever be harmony? Will I ever win the approval of those close to me? I know I shouldn’t worry about trying to gain others’ approval and I should just focus on my writing practice and getting my message out there. I just wonder why things are the way they are.

Why am I such an asshole to the people who mean the most to me when I feel that they’re threatening my writing practice or my writing life? Why can’t I find some kind of balance between the people I love and the thing I love to do? There has to be some way where everyone ends up happy. How the hell do I get there? How do I reach that balance where everything that matters to me is in a good place, both my people and my writing practice?

Does that exist? Am I going to constantly sacrifice one thing to another? Why can’t I have both? Why can’t I have a good relationship with the people I love and also be dedicated and consistent in my writing practice? Why can’t those two things coexist? Do any other writers out there struggle with this? If so, I would love to hear from you.

Has anyone found that balance between the people you love and your writing practice? If so, I could really use some advice on how to get to that point. I crave that balance. I desperately need love and for those that I care about to be happy, but I also MUST write. I can’t ignore this need I have to write, but I also can’t sacrifice everyone I love on the altar of my writing. I need balance. I need help.

I need the people I love and I need to write. I need both. How do I get there? How do I get to that point? How do I find that balance and avoid hurting the people I love while also achieving consistency in my writing practice? If anybody out there has answers, I’d really love to hear them.

Please send help.

WPH: 1,980


Work It #9 from A Writer's Guide to Persistence by Jordan Rosenfeld

Work It #9 from A Writer’s Guide to Persistence by Jordan Rosenfeld

Chapter 9: Push Through Perfectionism

Choose the fear that resonates most strongly with you at the time of your writing. (You can also repeat this exercise for any other fear.) Make it the title or subject of a freewrite. For example, perhaps the fear of being a fraud is your chosen subject. Set a timer for a minimum of ten minutes and write a short story, a poem, or an essay without stopping to correct a thing. Just let it flow; don’t stop to correct anything. Don’t use quotation marks or punctuation, and don’t cross anything out. Just start a new “sentence” when you feel stuck. This exercise helps transmute a negative feeling into a positive outcome–it’s a mental version of the “Move It” exercises.

I’m going to do this exercise with the support of the 5,000 Words Per Hour app created by Chris Fox. I love that app, and I’ve been using his techniques and doing all my recent blog posts as writing sprints. I’m also using SelfControl to keep me off distracting websites while I do my writing sprints. I know that I have problems focusing, so I’m doing what I can to fix that. In any case, when I reach the end of this Work It exercise, I’ll be posting my WPH stats at the end of this post.

Which fear resonates most strongly with me right now?

Fear of Failure

I struggle every single day with the fear that I’m never going to succeed as a writer. I’m never going to find the time or the willpower to finish my novel. I’m going to inconvenience everyone around me so much that my writing career just won’t be worth it anymore, and I will give up. I mean, what gives me the right to be a writer anyway? Who the hell am I to do this? What do I have to say that hasn’t already been said a million times? Why does my voice even matter?

Does it? Does my voice matter at all? Does my writing mean anything to anybody besides me? What if it doesn’t mean anything to anybody besides me? What then? What am I even writing for? Why does this matter so much to me? Why does it hurt me so deeply and badly when people don’t understand this need that I have to write?

I just went three days without writing because I didn’t want to inconvenience my husband, my cousin Shelby, and her boyfriend James while we were spending Valentine’s Day weekend together at the beach. It was a really nice respite, yes, but did anybody stop to think that I was sacrificing something vital to me for their sake? Did anyone stop to think that I was sacrificing consistency because I didn’t want to be rude? Does anybody understand why this matters so much to me? Does anyone care?

I’ve been what I would call a struggling writer for my entire life. Does anyone else out there get that struggle? Does anyone else out there wake up with this burning need to pour words out on the page? Does anyone else wake up every morning and feel the overwhelming urge to reach out through words and touch someone else’s soul?

I just want to matter. I want the things I love to matter to the people I love. Does that ever really happen? Or are all writers doomed to bear the cross of an overwhelming, burning desire that no one else but other writers will ever understand? Are we all doomed to be the only ones who really care about our writing?

Is there always going to be a struggle between the people who mean the most to us and the one thing we do that means the most to us? Can there ever be harmony? Will I ever win the approval of those close to me? I know I shouldn’t worry about trying to gain others’ approval and I should just focus on my writing practice and getting my message out there. I just wonder why things are the way they are.

Why am I such an asshole to the people who mean the most to me when I feel that they’re threatening my writing practice or my writing life? Why can’t I find some kind of balance between the people I love and the thing I love to do? There has to be some way where everyone ends up happy. How the hell do I get there? How do I reach that balance where everything that matters to me is in a good place, both my people and my writing practice?

Does that exist? Am I going to constantly sacrifice one thing to another? Why can’t I have both? Why can’t I have a good relationship with the people I love and also be dedicated and consistent in my writing practice? Why can’t those two things coexist? Do any other writers out there struggle with this? If so, I would love to hear from you.

Has anyone found that balance between the people you love and your writing practice? If so, I could really use some advice on how to get to that point. I crave that balance. I desperately need love and for those that I care about to be happy, but I also MUST write. I can’t ignore this need I have to write, but I also can’t sacrifice everyone I love on the altar of my writing. I need balance. I need help.

I need the people I love and I need to write. I need both. How do I get there? How do I get to that point? How do I find that balance and avoid hurting the people I love while also achieving consistency in my writing practice? If anybody out there has answers, I’d really love to hear them.

Please send help.

WPH: 1,980


Writing Priorities

So, it’s pretty obvious that the daily writing entries on here aren’t at the top of my list of writing priorities. So, I figured I’d give you a look at my list of writing priorities just for kicks.

  1. Manage the Custom Romances group of authors and try to keep everyone on track in spite of the authors dealing with several family problems, etc.
  2. Write the next chapter of Frost.
  3. Check how far I’ve deviated from my plan for Frost and get it back on track.
  4. Find the genre I’d really like to write in for Harlequin Romance and write a proposal for it.
  5. Write the next chapter of Murphy’s Law of the Jungle.
  6. Write the next chapter of The Alexandria Chronicles.

Those are the top 6 priorities right now, but I feel like I’ve got about a billion others going on in there with it and, as a person with ADD, I’m struggling with keeping focused on my priorities.


We Did It!

So, I am incredibly excited now. Why? I’m excited because Frost‘s investments campaign on JukePop was successful! What does this mean? Well, it means that JukePop will FOR SURE be publishing Frost as a novel. I’ve got to finish it, get it edited, and get the art done, but I’m HOPING to release by Christmas. We’ll see how it goes!

xoxo

Chels


Universe Building

I’m working on creating the universe in which The Alexandria Chronicles serial(s) will take place, and it is a MASSIVE job. I’m also having trouble deciding if I’m going to have it take place on an intragalactic or intergalactic scale. I know there’s going to be a lot of travel between star systems, etc., but how far do I want to be able to expand within this universe? Intergalactic travel makes the scale absolutely massive, but it also offers more options for expansion later on. Maybe I should start with the first book taking place within one extremely large, fictional galaxy, and then expand beyond that later if I need to?

Input is welcome.

xoxo

Chels


Nosocomephobia

I realize I’ve done a lot of promoting for my friends over at Supernatural South for the past few days, but I’ve done some work of my own, too! My latest short story, “Nosocomephobia,” is available for just $0.99 on Amazon.com and in the iTunes store! If you buy it, please review it. Reviews are GREATLY appreciated! Also, if you like it, PLEASE let your friends on social media networks know about it, and use the hashtag #Nosocomephobia.

Scare ya later,

Chels


PROMO! "The First Cut" is FREE for EVERYONE for the next 5 days!

That’s right! Absolutely EVERYONE can get “The First Cut” by Alexandra Blackwood for FREE from 6/14/14 – 6/18/14! All that my friends on the Supernatural South staff ask is that you review the story on Amazon and use the hashtags #TheFirstCut and #SupernaturalSouth when you talk about it in social media!

Love,

Chels


PROMO! “The First Cut” is FREE for EVERYONE for the next 5 days!

That’s right! Absolutely EVERYONE can get “The First Cut” by Alexandra Blackwood for FREE from 6/14/14 – 6/18/14! All that my friends on the Supernatural South staff ask is that you review the story on Amazon and use the hashtags #TheFirstCut and #SupernaturalSouth when you talk about it in social media!

Love,

Chels


"The First Cut" by Alexandra Blackwood is FREE for Amazon Prime Members

Since Lexie opted to enroll “The First Cut” in the Amazon KDP Select program, it is now FREE for all Amazon Prime members to read for the next 90 days! Please give it a look, read it, review it, and help us spread the word for the Supernatural South creative collective!


“The First Cut” by Alexandra Blackwood is FREE for Amazon Prime Members

Since Lexie opted to enroll “The First Cut” in the Amazon KDP Select program, it is now FREE for all Amazon Prime members to read for the next 90 days! Please give it a look, read it, review it, and help us spread the word for the Supernatural South creative collective!


The First Cut

As you may know, I am supporting the Supernatural South group of writers these days. I am actually designing their books and book covers for them, and am also helping them get their work out there. Supernatural South author Lexie Blackwood has released the first Supernatural South short, “The First Cut,” and it is available for sale on Amazon! It’s an excellent 21-page eBook read for only $2.99! Please check it out HERE.

Thanks and happy reading!

Chels


New Short Stories Available on Amazon & iTunes!

Hey, y’all! If you’d like to see some new work from me, please search “Chelsea Clemmons” on amazon.com or in the iTunes store. My short stories “The Fireman” and “The Couch” are available, and a new story called “Nosocomephobia” will be available soon!

Love,

Chels


New Short Stories Available on Amazon & iTunes!

Hey, y’all! If you’d like to see some new work from me, please search “Chelsea Clemmons” on amazon.com or in the iTunes store. My short stories “The Fireman” and “The Couch” are available, and a new story called “Nosocomephobia” will be available soon!

Love,

Chels


Bubblews and Me

As you know, I’m trying to make a career of being a writer. What many of you may not know is that I have ADD, so sitting down and completing long projects is sometimes difficult for me. (Hence my affinity for flash fiction, short stories, and short “articles,” like the ones that appear on Bubblews.)

I’ve heard that Bubblews is a great way to create revenue streams with writing, and it doesn’t take long to meet the article requirements; they only have to be 400 CHARACTERS long. Still, things have been slow going for me, so far. It’s also a social networking site, and people who like your articles will “connect” with you. I think reciprocity is a big thing, here, and I sometimes feel a little guilty because I stay away for days. Then, when I come back, it’s almost impossible for me to catch up on “liking” the articles of my connections. Since it’s summer, I’m going to try to go for at least one Bubblews post a day to see if that helps anything.

http://www.bubblews.com/?referral=53813e8da8e080.93221477


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