This is what words look like? lol…

Same old, same old with me.

I’ve been working a lot and not spending as much time as I need to be spending on my writing or my current TBR pile… I’m afraid I’ll not reach the end of these books anytime soon…

I’m really hoping to spend this weekend working on a few revisions and some edits for a new project of mine.      I’m excited to see this one through to the end. It’s only one of a few stories I’ve come up with that I honestly have no idea what the ending will be like, so It’s bringing up a few new challenges and struggles for me.

I’ve been tinkering with the idea (and doing some light research) on finding a literary agent for my books…  Not sure what will come of this just yet, but it’s an idea that has come to mind a few times and I feel it’s worth the energy to look into a bit more.

On the TBR pile note: I’ve stacked up a good …12…16… I honestly lost count lol       

But! I’m determined to finish at least one before the month is over!  So I need to get cracking on it!

My reading pace has slowed way down since this time last year…ugh… I need to work on bringing it back up to snuff

 

Anyway! There’s my mini life update 🙂 

Jen

Why must we (as writers) explain our need to write?

Ok, so writing-related post here (of course, why am I even stating it?) I don’t know lol.

Anyway, writing.

Or better yet, What I’m writing these days.

Right now, I’m working on my next book series (7 in total) along with two other novels.  I’m hoping to have completed the 2 novels by the end of this year and to have most of my 7-book series, somewhat laid out and organized.

It’s honestly been rough trying to find the time (an energy) to sit down, relax my brain, and focus on my stories lately.

I’ve felt very stifled recently.

It seems the more I try to focus on my work, the more I’m needing to explain myself and the importance of my writing. I do believe no one really understands the creative process or how much it means to someone until they themselves have tried to create something they’re passionate about.

And It’s not like I’m completely shutting myself off from the world (even though I’d love to do that right about now). I’m honestly trying my hardest to balance it all.

Yes, I’m still young enough to believe it is fully possible to do what you love, hold a steady job (if it’s not your passion you’ve turned into a thriving business) and still manages to have an active social life.

I see all these writers on social media out having a blast with their friends, traveling to book conventions and enjoying writing seminaries, all while still managing to put out new content and publications.  And I’m always left feeling very underachieved and behind with the times.

And then having to justify why I want to spend an hour reading or why I like to spend time/money in a bookstore, just makes me even more irritated and frustrated with life.

Ugh!

Lol, I’m not mopping right, to be honest.

I’m just venting out my frustrations in the hope I’m not the only one dealing with these issues.

The life of a writer, I suppose.

Rant over lol

-Jen

Small changes , big inspiration

Funny how the slightest of changes can stir up the most inspiration. 😊

Added a few things to my writing space over this past week. And it’s made me feel even more dedicated to my writing and completing my stories.

Changing your space really helps the mental train work a little…differently. I can’t say faster, but different does feel like the right word to use here.

Happy writing guys 💞

-Jen

Are we even still around?

It’s been a long, long time since I sat down and let the voices in my head run freely onto the page (or screen)…

I believe they are starting to question my love for them and if I still care enough about them to ever set them free.

 

So, with that being said.  I’m sitting here sipping on my second cup of green tea while I try to figure out what exactly made me give up and stopped writing so much.    I have an amazing (If I toot my own horn- Toot Toot 😉 lol ) story sitting in my briefcase halfway through the second draft, and countless other notes and partial stories sitting right alongside it.  So why am I not diving into completing them??

I keep saying its “Life” and getting too caught up with working versus relaxing and taking the time to “work” on what I love and what one day I hope will be one of my main sources of financial stability. But the fact is, or what I now have come to terms with, is it’s not “Life” that is throwing a wrench in my brain train, its that I’ve lost my sense of privacy.

I’m a very private writer, I like to lock myself up in my house (or room… or car… or hide in the woods.. lol whichever fuels my thought process) and since I’ve switched jobs and have been spending more time traveling and not really having a set schedule to go by, my mind just doesn’t seem to feel as free as it did when I was home.

It is far beyond time to change that.

A day in the life (writing edition) 

Lord have mercy I made it! 🙌🏼

I’ve edited over 30,000 words in 2 days 😊

Extremely nervous and excited to send this off to my mentor and good friend 💚  This will be my first Solo Book…. so I’m both leary and anxious about the criticism. 

To give a tid bit about the novella: It’s a modern day romance, focusing around the life of a small business owner named John. 

Honestly, it almost reads like a cheesy hallmark movie. Those quant old fashion hallmark romances 😊   But it has its twists. 


Still working out the finally kinks and twists. But soon… very soon this child will be out in the world 💚
Jen

Promoting myself… or something along that lines.

Slowly but surely I’m making myself seem more professional and less like a newbie who has no idea what they’re doing. 

I’m currently watching the tracking info and awaiting my box of freshly printed business cards! 😊

Now, I found that business cards for a novelist/ writer can be a touchy subject. Some people say Go for it! It’s a great little promotional tool that most writers over look…”

And then I find other articles that say it’s a “…waste of time and money…” 🤷🏻‍♀️  I guess it really all depends on your outlook.

Well, I’ve decided to give it a go anyway. (Props for being spontaneous Jen👏🏼)
I look at it this way, I have one book currently published and a couple more on the way…and I need to get my name and stories out there more. Currently I’m not doing so hot in the publicity area (more like sucking terribly at something I know hardly anything about)… 😞😒. 

So for me, the business cards will serve as a friendly, not so pushy way, to say “Here, check out my website” or “Yes, I’m on instagram. Follow me if you’d like.” 

Or “Hey I know a great editing service… it’s linked on my website…” 😊 there’s so many ways to slip your name out there 💚 without forking it down someone’s throat. Lol 

I personal feel like I have ample oppurtunites to hand out a card. Especially with starting my new job, people are always needing my number or work email for one thing or another… so why not take the opportunity to drop info on my other job?  

Granted, I can’t just walk around promoting my books when I should be focusing on my other duties. But if the opportunity presents itself, I’m going to take it!  

Now to just buckle down on the editing and set more of these little story ideas free 👩🏻‍💻

Jen

The writing life 

Slowly but surely my novel is taking shape 💜

Any progress makes me feel good right now, I’ve been neglecting my writing a lot lately and it feels good to finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. 

A little bit about this story ; It’s a more modern romance, set in a small town around autumn (my favorite season of course🍁🍂). The main character is a dream and a nightmare. My feelings writing this book are a mixture of happy, sad and pure anger.   I’m sure I’ve hit on every emotion while piecing this together and I’m hoping the emotion that goes into this project is felt by the readers 💜

My debut novel Blakefields Mansion is also now avaible in paperback as well 😍

It is a two part, Victorian era romance. If you love Jane Erye and or the more recent Downton Abbey series, then your sure to love this series. 

My co-author and I put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into bringing this book to life.  And shortly it’s parnter will be out to complete the tale. 

Please check it out and the other titles avaible by my co- author Clive West at Anysubject.com 💚
Jen

What’s this funk I’m in?

Ever have one of those nights, where you really want to read something, yet as soon as you start reading your brain kicks in and tells you that you should be writing instead?

That’s been me for the past three nights. 

But when I grab my notebook and try to work on any one of the many WIP’s I have, nothing but jibberish comes out. 
And free writing is about the same… or worse really, since the whole point of free writing is to scribble jibberish and let your muse find its way out. 

I don’t know if I’m in a funk or if something inside me is trying to tell me something 🤷🏻‍♀️
I suppose tonight I will try revisiting my stack of notes and random story ideas to see if one of them is trying to resurrect from the depths of my mind. Write Naked- By Jennifer Probst


When writing becomes more than a hobby

More and more these days I’m referring to my writing as my second job.  Not because I look at it with discontent but because I want others to look at my writing time with respect and understanding.

I know many of you writers feel the same, where your friends and family don’t understand why you must spend so much time researching and quietly working on your craft.

And why you must disengage in certain social activities because your muse is calling your name to complete a scene.

I spend 6 days a week focusing on my day job. The hours depend on the day and can be anywhere from 6hrs (on my one short day) to 10 or 12hrs (on my normal days)…

And for my writing, I spend maybe an hour a day… if I’m lucky enough to not find myself too tired after my day job. .  

And that saddens me. Why must I sacrifice my dream just so I can live to work?

And why do people only take a job that pays well as an actual profession?

Just because my writing doesn’t bring in a steady pay check right now doesn’t mean that it won’t one day.

And I will continue to hold on to that feeling no matter what.

And so, my writing becomes my second job. A job that requires all the attention and focus that my day job does.

Meaning- no phones buzzing off , no TV playing my favourite classics and very minimal music to distract me.

That also means No friends buzzing in and out of my house.

In other words… Hermit mode is commencing

Jen

Expecting perfection in the beginning…how niave we are

What type of person are you?

Do you expect perfection from day one or do you allow yourself the chance to fail and become better?

For me, I tend to bounce back and fourth. One day I can be very optimistic that I am growing and becoming a little better and then the next day I can feel completely miserable with my progress or lack there of. 


I’ve read this quote a lot lately ( and a few others