~ By Abigail Owen
I’m tired. Can I just take a second to say that?
We decided recently to relocate our family from California to Texas to be closer to our extended families. We’re taking on this challenge this summer (including selling a house, buying a house, selling old stuff, packing, moving, and on and on and on). This is on top of raising kids and working. In the meantime, I have a 4-book series that I’m getting ready to release simultaneously and I’m starting the first draft on the fourth book of another series. Add in holidays and other responsibilities and I’ve hit full on crazy.
All of this means that I’m burning the candle at both ends to try to get everything done on a daily basis. Friends and family will hear this and say, “Why don’t you put the books on hold for a little bit?” Because they see books as a hobby or a frivolity in my life. That’s because it’s something they wouldn’t prioritize like I do.
What non-writers don’t get is that the writing/books stuff is not just a job or a task—it’s my escape, my downtime, the way I recharge. At the end of the day, after I’ve fulfilled as many responsibilities as I can, I prop myself up in bed and I get to escape completely into the worlds in my head. Other people run, or work out, or go out with friends, or host parties, or travel, or get into photography. For me, it’s writing.
Similar to how I feel about my gorgeous/adorable/brilliant kids, writing is hard, and frustrating, and incredible, and inspiring, and wretched, and tremendous, and worth every second.
Don’t get me wrong. Many a night I stare at a blank page and think, “I’ve got nothing.” And there are tons of nights where I slog through it, putting words to page that will just get rewritten later. But then there are those moments… You know the ones fellow writers.
…That moment when you finish a scene and you sigh with satisfaction because you KNOW you got that part of the book just right.
…That moment when an idea sparks—one that gets you out of the hole you’ve been trying for weeks to write yourself out of.
…That moment when the words just flow and you discover that you just wrote some crazy number of pages without realizing it.
…That moment when you connect with a character and feel you know them as well as you know yourself.
…That moment when you write “the end”.
…That moment when you write the first sentence of your next book.
…That moment when…
What’s your moment?
Award-winning paranormal and contemporary romance author, Abigail Owen was born in Greeley, Colorado, and raised in Austin, Texas. She now resides in Northern California with her husband and two adorable children who are the center of her universe.
Abigail grew up consuming books and exploring the world through her writing. A fourth generation graduate of Texas A&M University, she attempted to find a practical career related to her favorite pastime by earning a degree in English Rhetoric (Technical Writing). However, she swiftly discovered that writing without imagination is not nearly as fun as writing with it.