The writing lifeย 

Slowly but surely my novel is taking shape ๐Ÿ’œ

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 course๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‚). 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 ๐Ÿ’œ

My debut novel Blakefields Mansion is also now avaible in paperback as well ๐Ÿ˜

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 ๐Ÿ’š
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 ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ
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 dayโ€ฆ 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

Writing inspiration and March goals :)

What is your story??

How many times a day does your brain tell you that “you should be writing” vs doing whatever else your doing? Mine tends to whisper sweet nothings in my ear around 4am and then again at 7am…noon…8pm… oh and of course while I’m about to fall asleep (you know that voice) the one who figures out all the plot holes or  a way the story could move forward just when your comfortable and almost fully asleep. ๐Ÿ˜’๐Ÿ™ƒ

I personally feel I have plot foxes ๐ŸฆŠ vs bunnies ๐Ÿฐ due to their sneaky habits and bad timing for showing up. 

 But why do they feel so compelled to speak?

What is the reason behind those little voices telling you that you must write? 

What is your story?

Whatever reason you had for first sitting down and taking pen to paper, you need to find that again and hold tight to that feeling. Your the only one who can tell a story with your unique point of view, no one else can do it for you. 

So Write! 

I keep a pad of paper on me at all times (or a post it pad) so that I can jot down a few notes whenever they come to me. ๐Ÿ˜being smarter than the plot foxes ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผ

I always carry a notebook in my bag too,for the times I actually have a break and can sit with full focus. 

That way, even if I’m really busy I can listen to my little voices. ๐ŸฆŠ

However, I do tend to have more notes than completed chapters. So that brings me to my March Writing Goals ๐Ÿ˜Š

This month I’m giving myself a deadline of 15,000 words, written in complete sentences.  Which is a simple goal of 500 words a day.

I’m giving myself the 31st to polish my final work, so if you noticed my numbers didn’t add up, that’s why โ˜บ๏ธ

Every evening I’ll post my daily word count, to keep myself accountable. Like we all did for NaNoWriMo.

I will be posting on my Instagram account which can be found here My Instagram

And it will carry over to my Facebook page as well, My Facebook

So if your active on either one of those be sure to follow me and feel free to join me this month! I’d love the compmany!

Just comment or message me and let me know your in ๐Ÿ˜Š

Jen