Written In Red – The Bull Rider’s Brother

Yesterday my book released.  My debut book.  A book I wrote, start to finish.  My book.

The Bull Rider’s Brother by Lynn Cahoon.

Okay, maybe I’m going over board, but this is a freaking big deal.  Do you know the number one thing people say they’re going to do?  Write a book. 80 percent of people surveyed have an idea they think will make a great book.

Do you know how many people follow through and do it? 1 percent.

And for a while, I was in that 80 percent.

Writing a book is hard.  Don’t let anyone tell you differently.  Now, it’s not coal miner hard.  Or brain surgeon hard.  Or even bull rider hard.

(Sorry – had to…)

But sitting down, day after day, telling a story.  It’s a lesson in creativity and perseverance.

I’ve been asked a lot about my process.  How do you write?  Where do you get your ideas?  Is there a part of you in the story?  I think sometimes they are disappointed in my answers.  I sit down every morning and crank out 1000 words.  Good or bad, 1000 words is my goal.

Some days I don’t sit at the computer and I’m grumpy when that happens.  (Stephen King says he writes every day except his birthday and Christmas.  Then he admitted to writing even those days.) I believe in the baby step process of getting anything done.  You just sit down and do it.

Some things I write are dribble.  Some, I’d like to hope are gold.

But I write anyway.  Because the act of writing makes me happy.  And the fact someone else believed in my story enough to publish it – that makes me ecstatic.  A big thank you to my editor Jennifer Lawler for loving The Bull Rider’s Brother as much as I love James and Lizzie’s story.

I’ll repeat one basic fact.

Writing is hard.

And I love it.  Even when the characters seem to fight me, I know, at the end, I’ll fall in love all over with the story when I start my edits.  That I’ll cry with my characters, when their dreams come true. Because I know how that feels.  Yesterday, my dreams came true.  Thank you for sharing my joy with me.

 

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22 Comments

  1. Congratulations Lynn on your release. May there be many, many more to come.
    Tam x

    • Thanks Tamara. Yesterday was fun, and exciting, and a dream come true.

  2. Lynn, What a wonderful day…week…month. Life!! I am so happy to be part of this with you!

    All the Best,…dreams come true!
    Rionna

    • Such a blessing to have amazing CR sisters. Best to you as well.

  3. You captured the whole process perfectly! It’s been a kick, hasn’t it? Now all we have to do is wash-rinse-repeat until the next one’s done.

    • Rinse and repeat. How many times have I said that… LOL Glad to be on this journey with you Peggy!

  4. Congrats, Lynn! Writing *is* hard…and tiring…and rewarding and motivating and exciting. And hard again. Time to finish a new story now, though, isn’t it? 🙂

    • I’m in the beginning of a paranormal wip. Which I love. Beginnings are fun. Writing the end is fun. Middles are usually not fun.

  5. Lynn~
    Yesterday was the culmination of a whole bunch of hard work, the least of which was writing the book. Time to get back on the horse, though, and ride. It’s kind of like having a finished horse you’re showing, and starting a colt.

  6. Congratulations, Lynn, on this great post and on the launch of your novel. Happy trails and sales! Carol Ritten Smith

  7. Writing IS hard. (And we love it-hate it – love-it – hate it – lol). Congratulations on being part of the 1%!

  8. You voiced perfectly what I’m sure every one of us has felt throughout our writing journeys. Congratulations on your release.

    • I love writing. And I’m happy I’ve found others who feel the same way. Thanks.

  9. I couldn’t have said it better, Lynn!

  10. I identified with everything you wrote. Great post.

    • Writing is a lonely pass time, except when we share our thoughts with others. Glad to be part of the journey with you!

  11. Congrats, Lynn! You very eloquently expressed exactly how I felt on my first release day. And thank you for sharing the info about Crimson Rose on the WW loop so I got to be part of this wonderful community of authors!

    • Thanks Betsy. I’m glad you followed me over. The group is pretty awesome.


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