Life Interrupts Our Plans

Life sometimes throws us curve balls that we don’t see coming and certainly don’t plan for.  That is what happened to me over the last several months and I had to back away from my dream of writing.  Fortunately, things are mostly back on track now and I have a new lease on life. I’ve read, as I’m sure you have, that life is short and we should make the most of each day we have.  A simple concept but one that is hard to follow smetimes, but I’m striving to live that way.

Over the past few years, as I was starting on this wonderful dream adventure of becoming an author, I read everything I could and listened to those who had been there before me.  I strived to do everything the right way, the way others had.  I’ve now realized this will not work for me.  Yes, I learned a lot from all of them, and i will be forever thankful for their guidance, but the best piece of advice I can give is follow your own path.  That is what makes you authentic, and makes YOUR dream come true.

I put a lot of stress on myself trying to make everything perfect.  I threw away story ideas because they were not the hot new thing, only to find a few months later they were.  I made changes to my manuscripts to fit the mould and then disliked the stories I’d written and got discouraged.

I like to learn and I love the feedback I get on my stories from my beta readers and editors but sometimes we have to agree to disagree to keep the story the one we want to write – for better or worse.  There have been many authors before me who stuck to their guns and after a long, arduous path their stories were finally accepted as they were written.

With my new lease on life I will be writing the stories that call to me.  I will no longer put all the stress on myself to be something I’m not.  I want to write authentic, well written stories that my muse tells me need to be written.  Taking my time to get them right before they are released out into the world.

In January I set out to tell a story that rattled around in my brain for a couple of months and wouldn’t let me go.  I have a first draft and I’m working on self-edits, getting the story ready to send to an editor to have a look and help me make it even better.  The story will be set around the shores of Nova Scotia, Canada.  It is historical fiction with romantic elements, and has a bit of time travel mixed in.

The idea for this story came to me one day while I was driving along the south shore.  An island close to where I spent many summers, years ago, took my eye.  I remembered lots of great things about the area.  Some of the best times of my life were sailing up and down the local shores.  One thing led to another and the concept was born.  Through the research I did the story bloomed.   It has been fun learning more about the area where I spent a lot of time and I had a great time writing the story.

I don’t have a release date yet, but it will be this year.  I’ll announce when the dates are set.  Stay tuned.

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About Linda O'Toole

Women's Fiction Author
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One Response to Life Interrupts Our Plans

  1. Diane Tibert says:

    I, like you, have been told how a story must be written. Sometimes I agree, but sometimes I don’t. My philosophy from the beginning has been to write the stories I want to read without thought to what others want. Sometimes I’ve faltered on this, giving into to how others want to the story written. The more I write, the more I stick to my guns.

    Like you, I’ve not been happy with the stories I’ve changed to suit others.

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