Guest Author, Bethany Swafford
As a writer, how do you persevere and not give up?
Writing isn’t easy. In fact, it is one of the hardest, most underrated things I have ever done in my life.
‘Well, if that’s the case,’ you might be thinking, ‘why haven’t you gone on to something else? Why keep writing if it’s so hard?’
You wouldn’t be the first to ask that. In fact, it’s a question I have asked myself over and over. On those days when I’m faced with a less than stellar review, what’s the point? Then there are those afternoons when I agonize over whether a sentence is phrased the right way or not, or whether an editor is right and that scene I love must go...why do I keep writing? Of course, I can’t forget those late nights after I’ve spent hours at my laptop with so few words to show for it....
I’ve got to be crazy, don’t I?
Well, maybe just a little. Honestly, though, when it comes right down to it, I love creating worlds where anything is possible....within the bounds of established fact and history, naturally. I love creating characters that readers can fall in love with. Everything I write, it’s something I want to read.
Because for every person who dislikes my novels, there is someone waiting for the next one I have to offer. For all those times when I struggled to express something just right, the words have flowed from mind through my fingertips and onto the page. And those sleepless nights? They are matched by evenings where I am delighted with the progress I’ve made (those flowing words, you see).
It also helps that I have a fantastic writing group I am a part of. They know the struggles because they’ve gone through them. They will give me sympathy and encouragement, and then tell me to get back to work. Without them...well, I don’t even want to think about where I would be.
When it comes to persevering, I cannot forget to mention the best motivator in my life: my younger sister. Hardly a week goes by without her asking for a new chapter in whatever work in progress I have. How could I dare disappoint her?
There is something one of my writing friends shared with me recently that says it best:
I am a writer.
We are the people who stay up past 12 am finishing a story, we’re misunderstood and underpaid, we spend our free time fixing plot bunnies,
We bring to life characters and a world society never knew about, because we remember being you, wanting to escape reality.
I am a Writer...and I love it.
Even if the time comes when no one wants to read my books or a publisher won’t take my manuscripts on any more, I’ll keep writing for myself. After all, I am a writer. It’s what I do.
Writing is a part of my life now and it’s not going anywhere.
As a fellow author, I can totally relate to your writing journey. I've had many late nights turn into early morning writing sessions. Thanks for sharing. What is your preferred type of book to read for leisure?
Well, I love Regency books. I suppose that’s pretty obvious, since all the books I have published right now are set in that time period. I just can’t get enough of them.
What was the setting for the most romantic scene you’ve ever written?
In A Chaotic Courtship, my main character, Diana, is newly engaged to Mr. Richfield, and they go on a ride together. He takes her to a small estate near her family home, and tells her that he bought it for her. Diana is so happy, she hugs him and that leads to their first kiss.
What is your all-time favorite movie and why?
Hands down, the 2007 Masterpiece Theater’s Northanger Abbey. It’s one of my favorite Jane Austen film adaptations. Also, JJ Field makes the most charming Mr. Tilney I have ever seen.
About Not My Idea
Not My Idea, A Gentleman of Misfortune, Book One (Release date, June 27th)
"Lucas, you must return home."
Twenty two year old Lucas Bywood abandons his Grand Tour in response to those words from his father. Everything is not well at home and he finds himself in a bit of a fix. A little warning that his father had made tentative arrangements for his marriage would have been nice but Luke really wishes it had been anyone other than the young lady chosen. After all, Phoebe Ramsey had always been an annoyance and any time they had spent together had resulted in physical injuries for one of them.
Just when Luke thinks he's escaped that particular future, he finds himself courting a young woman he doesn’t want, a furious best friend who wants a duel to satisfy honor, and the responsibility of finding who and why someone had caused an accident for his mother.
This was not his idea of what the summer was going to be like.
Meet the Author
For as long as she can remember, Bethany Swafford has loved reading books. That love of words extended to writing as she grew older, and when it became more difficult to find a ‘clean’ book, she determined to write her own. Not My Idea is her third book, and the first in a series.
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A Special thank you to Bethany Swafford for guesting at Pandora's Box Gazette today. Congrats on the publication of Not My Idea! Hope you all can stay for a bit to chat with our guest author. Feel free to post your comments below.