Revving up the engine

02 Jul

When you feel stale with your writing, what do you do to inspire? In the old days, when I was only putting words down occasionally with no goal in mind, I’d dig out the old journals. These journals, written in long hand, still inspire when I give them a chance. But now that I’ve actually published a book with mom, I look to something else – recommitment.happy driving 2 mark

Mom and I carted my dad around Fredericksburg, Virginia this week, visiting places we thought might be interested in book signings. At the end of the day, we had two signings booked and a very hot prospect for a third. Pretty good results from a couple of hours of driving. But the day meant a lot more because what it did was re-inspire. Both of us took almost a month off from marketing because of busy schedules (my daughter graduating, visits from friends and family). Mom was chipping away at book five of the Sam Osborne series. I was finalizing the manuscript for Wretched Fate, the second book of the series. But I think we were both feeling the lull that occurs after the passion of first getting published. By driving around, telling our “story” about the miracle of book one coming out, we created a second wind. Mom and I both love the characters Mom created—Sam Osborne, Casey and Danny—and what happens to them in book one. We love book two and the new heroes Jacob Hardy and Rosalie McGovern even more. So it was easy to turn that passion into a road trip. It also helped that while we were telling our stories of how we became authors, we also could report that book one Twist of Fate is about to be reissued by Spectacle Publishing Media Group, and that book two Wretched Fate, will probably be out by the end of this summer. We felt again the excitement of being an author, and it breathed life into the ordinary.

So fellow creators, find that key that will bring you back to the magic place you were the first or second or third time you looked at your creation and realized how talented you are. It may require doing something like driving around, knocking on doors and bragging a little, but you know you’ll also find people who think that what you’ve done is really cool. Or if you’re within that horrid writer’s block we all hit, sit down at the computer and write something new. Remind yourself again why you’re an author. It’s fun. It’s rewarding. It’s an outlet for your creative soul.

And you’ll find yourself driving home, like mom, dad and I did, listening to an old radio station and singing along with the music.

Genilee Swope Parentehappy driving


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4 responses to “Revving up the engine

  1. Deborah Lynne

    July 2, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    As a writer, that’s what you do. Keep on writing. You birthed and developed those characters. Your readers love them too…so you’re doing a great thing. Bringing them back. Some times we need to hear a little praise report from others to keep us going. Know anything worth having is worth going after over and over again. I too speak from experience. I’m proud to say I’ve been writing for 26 years, published for 6…and just received some great some great news, news Ive been striving for from the beginning of my career as a writer. So don’t give up. Keep on writing. A gift you’ve been given and now you are sharing with your readers. You go girls!!

    Deborah Lynne
    Inspirational Author

    Be Not Afraid
    Testimony of Innocence
    Crime in The Big Easy

    and more

    • swopeparente

      July 3, 2013 at 11:57 am

      Thanks, Deborah. Fellow mystery writer!

  2. Verna Wortkoetter

    July 3, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    THanks for the E mail Really enjoyed it. A Happy fourth to each of you.

    Praying God’s blessings for you, Verna

  3. Verna Wortkoetter

    July 3, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    Praying God’s blessings for you, Verna


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