Last Friday, I woke up and decided that I was going to finish and publish the remainder of the Stone Sister Series. I wrote more that 4,000 words in one weekend, so I knew that was a sign that I needed to do this. If you haven't read Book One, you can buy it here. I started the series three years ago and released "Savannah" in 2018. I remember the way I felt when I wrote it. I felt inspired. But my inspiration, faded.
Writing is my side gig, not my primary source of income. When I saw I was taking a huge loss in profit, I put my stories to the side. Even though my stories were done, I began to question whether I should publish them. I started to be negative by assuming I would generate more expenses, so I decided to put my books on hold. Now, I realize I should've thought positive thoughts back then. I had to remember why I began to write. The reason I wrote was to express myself and inspire others.
But in those two years in writing less for me, I learned a lot through others. I attended writing groups and garnered clientele for my writing services. These past two years have taught me so much more about writing. Although I do prefer to do writing services, I'm ready to finish my stories as well.
I now know more than I did before and I'm willing to take that leap of faith to put my stories out there. I feel like I owe it to those who supported my work in the past. But most importantly as one of my author pals pointed out, I owe it to myself. I thank everyone for coming on this writing journey with me. I have more work to come, so stay tuned!
Roxanne Ridge writes for the youth. Not to mention, writing is peaceful.