When I was pregnant with Tammy, I knew it was going to be years before I could write another book. It took me three years after Addie was born. So I wanted to finish at least two books to act like a buffer. I only finished one, entitled Only A Kiss (which I will self-publish very soon!).
After writing Only A Kiss, I began another story but abandoned it because there were just too many things to do and I was so huge and uncomfortable, it was such a struggle to write—let alone write creatively.
But four months after I had given birth, a friend asked me if I had a short story she could include in a collection she wanted to release (you can find that short story here in the collection titled All This Wanting).
I was so excited because an outside force was pushing me to write. And even if I had no idea if I could finish, I had an actual deadline to meet!
So I worked on it like mad. After every feed, I would carefully put Tammy down to nap and oh-so-quietly scamper to my laptop to write. My writing was feverish, I had to squeeze the words out—no matter what form they were taking. I wasn’t even sure what was going on in my story anymore, but all I knew was I had to finish it by March 10. And finish it I did. After Treena and Mimi (thank you sooooo much, guys!) read and edited (and liked!) it, it was good to go.
After that, I realized that I could still write despite the demanding infant in my life. It was incredibly difficult, but I was able to come out with a 13,900-word story! Not bad for a mom of a newborn and a 5-year-old! The writing didn’t have to stop!
But it did. For a few weeks (you see, this is already horrible for me. I need to be in the middle of writing something to feel any semblance of usefulness in this world. So a few weeks is already torture.) Till I had another realization. If I wrote a book with other people — my friends, fellow authors whom I admire and trust — I will be pushed to write again. And come up with an awesome project at the same time!
And the idea of Sola Musica was born.
I was a month late in submitting my story (totally took me by surprise because as I was writing, the genre shifted, yanking me out of my comfort zone), but I got it done! Now, it’s available as an e-book online (here on Amazon and here on Buqo)! And it will be available in print here. All because I needed to overcome every writer’s biggest fear, the dreaded Writer’s Block.
Now that Only A Kiss has been edited (and I added stuff to it), it’s time to set a new deadline. It’s time to write a new story.