Who I am, and why I write

Welcome! My name is Erin Manning, and I write clean Young Adult fiction for ages 12 and up. I'm an avid reader and I've been...

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Motivation: missing

One of the things that has been bogging me down lately is a lack of motivation. I'm supposed to be editing, and while that's never the most fun part of writing a book, it is necessary and usually rewarding as the book you intended to create starts to take shape.

But for some reason the month of May has slipped past me almost without warning. When I take part in November's NaNoWriMo, I don't expect to get any editing done in December; December is one month of the year when creative pursuits become difficult-to-impossible for many of us. But I never remember that May is like that too, because May's level of "busy" can vary from year to year.

The problem for me is that in July I will be writing book 2 of the Wizard's Mischief trilogy, and I need to have the first book much more polished and closer to publication before I start writing than it actually is now. I hope to publish Wizard's Mischief: Flame by the end of September, but if I can't break through this lack of motivation I will not be in a good place to do that.

In all honesty, editing takes a kind of focus and determination that goes beyond what writing requires. I can write at all hours of the day or night, and while I don't do my best work in thirty-minute snatches I can usually get a decent amount done if I have at least one clear hour during the day (as well as those hours I spend on my writing at night). Editing is a different process. I need daylight hours and quiet, and lately it seems hard to get those two things to line up together.

Here's hoping for a better month ahead!

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Absentee blogger

I keep meaning to get out here and write, and life keeps interfering. This time of year is just so busy, isn't it?

I'm happy to report that I'm busy plotting the second book in the Wizard's Mischief series while working on the edits of the first book. If all goes well, Wizard's Mischief: Flame will be available in late August or early September.

I also plan to have the final book in the Tales of Telmaja series out by the end of the year, and the final book in the Adventures of Ordinary Sam series either by year's end or the beginning of 2020. It's good to put it in writing here on the blog; I want to achieve these goals.

Another goal is to update this blog more frequently--let's see if I can do it!

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Getting back to work

I had hoped to keep blogging while working on the fifth book in the Adventures of Ordinary Sam series, but it was a little too optimistic of me to think I could keep up an average daily pace of 3000 words and still find time for a blog post. I'm glad to be able to say that the book's first draft is now complete! When I publish this one it will be the end of a series I've really loved writing.

I'm having a bit of trouble getting back into the writing game, though. Right now I should be working on the first book in my new series, Wizard's Mischief. It's a series I really want to work on, but I haven't asked my advance readers for their input yet, or done any of the other things I need to do to make the next editing pass happen.

But I need to get started soon, because in July I'll be writing the second book in the Wizard's Mischief series. Sometimes, especially at this time of the year, I'd just like life to slow down for a little while so I can catch up!