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(I’m about to whine a bit- )

What I do. Why I do it. Should I continue.


What I do:  I write words. Some here, but mostly for my novels and in helping others write theirs. I research, study, and prepare posts to help you and myself do better in the chase for our dreams. Dreams. That’s the point in what I do. Right? Maybe.

Maybe I’m just as confused as you. Maybe I am trying to answer the questions I have, and no one took the time to help me. In doing the dirty work I thought I would break it all down to help all of you.

Why I do it:  I joined groups, four to be exact, but wasn’t given the help I needed and wanted. I struggled, asked question upon question, and I asked for help to only get the ‘Oh, honey, I struggled too,’ as the standard response. They don’t want to help because they don’t want you to succeed over them. I WANT YOU TO SUCCEED. I want to see your names on the covers of books where I shop. I want to hold them and smile knowing, maybe, just maybe, I helped you get there.

I want you to know the answers to the questions I have/had myself. I managed to finish two novels. My name is on the cover of those books- another coming (maybe). I sit in front of this computer with stacks of books and articles filled with the research the writer’s groups promised to answer, to find them on my own, and then pass them on to you. Ta Da!

Should I Continue: Hmm, there’s the question. Is it worth it? I look at the bill for this site and other costs, then I look at the sales reports for my books and doubt my abilities. Maybe it’s the books, or the marketing- lack of marketing is more like it. It’s hard to market yourself when no one knows you well enough to listen.

Here’s a key point no one tells you: if you don’t have at least 50,000 followers on social media platforms no one, as in, publishing companies want to talk to you. They want you to do all the leg work. All of it. That is what I am trying to do…and I’m not doing it well. So, should I continue?

Well? Should I? Is there a point, an end goal?

That’s what I’m looking for- the end goal. I want to see my name on a cover of one of my books on a shelf next to yours. Okay, maybe I want it on the top shelf of the rack with yours. Selfish? Probably, but I have been working so hard for so many years I think am allowed.

I am struggling to see if this is all worth it. Should I finish Time Thief or tuck it into the back of a drawer with all the other dreams I’ve let go.  Just tired of floating in the unknown.

>>>>> Back to studying Creating Character Emotions by Ann Hood.

Please remember that I am not trying to write this book for you word for word. I am skipping a lot of detail. I highly suggest you purchase the book and read between the lines.

May be an image of footwearPolish your sparkle and keep twirling.

Find joy. Be joy. Enjoy.

I’m always looking for new friends!

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Author: Ticia Rani

I am...interesting. I am a writer, dreamer, mom, wife, veteran, friend, villain, and the wearer of many hats, but I don't look good in hats- go figure. I LOVE TO WRITE. I want to tell stories. I want to make you laugh, cry, and scare the crap out of you, and make you ask "why the hell did you do that?" I want to make you cheer my characters on or want to shake the crap out of them for things they say and/or do. I want to bring you along for the ride. Ready? Set?...READ!!!

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