Sometimes things are hard.
Sometimes raising kids is hard.
Sometimes marriage and other relationships are hard.
Sometimes, believe it or not, writing is hard.
As I’m writing this, I’m sitting in the cafe at church while service is going on (we’re working in here this morning). I’m struggling with this book (which HAS to be done today) and struggling with an idea for a blog post.
My husband is sitting in the chair next to me, and he starts telling me about a guy named David Goggins, who talks about hard things and how it affects your brain (don’t ask me the details – my brain is in a fog at the moment).
The David guy is kind of insane. He weighed over 300lbs and decided he wanted to be a Navy SEAL. He lost the weight and then did three Hell Weeks in one year because injury stopped him from completing the first two. He thinks the SEALs are mediocre. Because they became SEALs and… stopped. (Okay, we know that’s not accurate, but that’s apparently his mindset – he was a SEAL but then what? What’s the next thing? What do you do after you’re a SEAL? I’m not saying I agree; just that’s how my husband describes this guy.) The list of things he’s done since then is kind of astounding (language warning though).
But doing hard things – whether physical like this guy or mental or emotional – makes you stronger. Makes the next hard thing a little easier.
As we’re sitting here, my husband is reminding me that this isn’t the first time I’ve had a hard time with a book. He reminds me that it’s always worthwhile. That usually the hard books are the best books, the ones that have the most meaning.
The next thing is a bit hard for me to say. It seems almost like shooting my marketing self in the foot but…
I’m not sure how that applies to this book. It’s good. I like the characters and the story, but it’s not one that, at the moment, strikes me as “special.”
Sometimes, you just a know a book is different. Either the message or what you learn while writing it or that it’s going to mean something to someone.
This book , at least right now, isn’t one of those.
But then he said something else. Something I’ve already forgotten (hey – I was up super late writing and am not quite firing on all cylinders). It made me think… Maybe it’s not THIS book that is “special.” Maybe it’s the next thing I’m supposed to be working on.
See, next week is the annual American Christian Fiction Writers’ Conference. I need to have this book done before I leave (like edited and off to my proofreader – but I’m not done writing it…). I have other things that have to be done before I leave on Monday. And those things… Well, I won’t go into details about what they are at the moment. The world won’t come screeching to a halt if I don’t, but for a lot of reasons, it would be much better if it was done.
And after this book is done, there’s other things on my list. Things that have great potential. Things that could be those big, special things.
So maybe that’s why it’s hard. Because I can’t do those things until this one is done.
Over the years, I’ve learned that usually the things that are hard are worth it. Babies are hard. Relationships are hard. But they’re worth it.
And sometimes books are hard. I’m sure this one will be worth it, even if it’s hard to see why at the moment.
Jacqueline Grace and Dave both have hard things to do in Her Undercover Prince. I hope they think it’s all worth it by the time I finish.
Benjamin and Katrín both have to do some very hard things in The Indentured Queen, but they believed it would be worth it in the end. Katrín was working off an indenture and had hard decisions to make about it. Benjamin is finally coming into his own as king after the death of his father when Benjamin was barely a teenager.
What’s something hard you’ve had to do or are doing? Was it worth it? Let me know and one lucky commenter will get a Kindle copy of The Indentured Queen.
Crowns & Courtships
Book 4: Royals of Eyjania
King Benjamin is about to have control of his own home for the first time in his life. By evicting his uncle, he can finally become the ruler he was meant to be.
Finally live up to the legacy handed down to him, beginning with King Alfred the First, and embodied in his own father, King Alfred the Second.
But revenge is a dish best served cold – or at least lukewarm – and his uncle’s revenge comes just two days later when a press release announces Benjamin’s engagement.
To a modern-day scullery maid.
Katrín Jónsson took over her mother’s debt to the Eyjanian royal family as soon as she turned eighteen. Five years down. Only ten – or more – to go.
Until the king offers her a way out.
Marry him, in name only, for a year, then disappear. Her indenture will be paid off – and, more importantly, her mother and brother will be taken care of for life.
The wedding won’t change anything about her life because no one will know the truth of their arrangement.
A disconcerting incident softens Katrín’s heart toward the usually impassive king. But, even as she begins to fall for the man he could become, she wonders if she’ll ever be more than The Indentured Queen?
***I’ve got some sales going on through 9/15! Grace to Save is one of those books I’ve always known was special and it’s free in honor of 9/11. If you haven’t started the Crowns & Courtships series, you can do so now! Heart of a Prince is regularly .99, The Inadvertent Princess is free, and A Royally Beautiful Mess is only .99!***