Today’s guest post is by Anna Soliveres. Anna lets us in on how she keeps up with her writing commitment while balancing a full-time job that involves travelling.
I work a full-time job that requires a lot of travel during the busy seasons. It’s hard to get myself to switch gears after a long day of work. The hardest part is finding motivation to write, especially when I’m bone-weary and nothing sounds better than relaxing, watching a movie, or reading a good book.
Writing can feel like work, especially because I place a lot of pressure on myself to make progress and to meet word count goals. For the longest time, my own goals worked against me. It wasn’t until I “freed” up my routine, changed it up to make it fun and free of any commitment or pressure that I found myself writing more–and writing better. Hooray!
What was this big change you ask? After a year of little progress on a story I couldn’t wait to finish but lacked the inspiration to, I decided to step away from my laptop, the sad blank pages, and judgmental blinking cursor, and picked up a journal.
At first I wrote bulleted points, and then I started writing whole scenes on paper. When I transferred them to my Scrivener file, it gave me the chance to fine-tune the scene and edit heavily. It was an incredible discovery for me. Especially after a year of not being able to write.
Here I was easily writing 2000 to 3000 words in one sitting. This works best for me because it feels like a lot less pressure to get a scene started, knowing that I don’t have to commit to it and that I can always go back and change it. When I’m in a writing groove that feels a lot like listening to smooth jazz music, I put down the pen and go straight to my Scrivener file, taking advantage of the fact that I can type a lot faster than I can write by hand.
Violet Storm (Modi #1) by Anna Soliveres
Publication date: March 28th 2014
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Several hundred years into the future, The Cleansing, known to some as the End of Days, forced the government to create Arks to shelter its people. When Earth became habitable again, new territories rose up from the ashes: Agria, the City of Light, and the Outer Boundaries. For a while, they lived in peace.
A brilliant surgeon known for his invention of Modi’s—the only cure for the deadly disease, vaincre—has gone rogue with his experiments, and the Monarchy is desperate to shut him down. That’s where Aeva Storm comes in, a champion athlete with an ego to match. Aeva is the surgeon’s secret weapon against the Monarchy. And they’ll never know what hit them. After reconstructing her body to become a Modi unlike any he’s ever created, Aeva is forced into a fight against all odds. She’ll have to break loyalties, hurt family, and turn her back on newly awakened love. Thousands of lives hang in the balance in a battle that will set forth a new era.
Join Aeva on her quest to see whether she’s got what it takes to go up against the most powerful humans ever created.
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About Anna Soliveres
Anna Soliveres has always been a storyteller but it wasn’t until her early twenties when she began writing novel length works. The result was an enthusiasm to get better at the craft until her work could be shared with the world. Releasing in March 2014, Violet Storm is her debut novel. Anna is currently working on another young adult sci-fi series, titled Snow Dolls, set to release in late 2014. To learn more, please visit her at www.annasoliveres.com.
- Signed copy of Violet Storm
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