Don't Sweat The Details

Hey gang! Hope this post finds you all making steady progress on your writing and/or life goals. If not, it's only Tuesday, so there's plenty of time to get on with it. :-)

Today, I'm sharing the cover of my pal's (Victoria H. Smith) latest work: The Space Between. If you know V, you know she is an absolute ball of energy and fun. But you might not know she brings that same enthusiasm and passion to her writing endeavors. (Plus, I hear she weaves a mean romance!)  So you'll definitely want to make it to the bottom of the post to check TSB out.

But first, a brief message from the blogger of the house:


Don't Sweat The Details

Details. The Devil is in them, and wherever that son-of-a-gun is hanging out, you can be sure troubles aren't far behind. 

Don't get me wrong. Any writer worth their salt will tell you that writing is a business of details. Details take an average story to great. Details keep a reader thinking about your story long after they've put it down for the night. Details will need to be handled if you plan to publish your work.

No doubt, details are important--in writing AND life.

However, details have this way of burying us when it comes to large, never-ending tasks. And any writer worth their salt will also tell you that becoming a good writer is very much a large and never-ending task. 

You can always be better, do better. You will never please every reader, reviewer, editor, etc.. There will always be things you don't know. Perfection is not an option. Just the nature of a honing a craft, I'm afraid.

Details can gnaw and worry you until your goals and dreams are unrecognizable bits that are easily washed away in the floods of doubt and life that inevitably come. (Think of them as our freaking monsoon seasons.)

I think wiser folks use the saying, "Not seeing the forest for the trees." Don't do that.

So what DO you do? Details are important, but can clearly cause problems.

Here's what I recommend: Approach your writing, and life, with a child's perspective and determination.

If a kid wants to go to the zoo, they don't get bogged down in the details. They aren't worried about things like money, transportation, pants--they just want to go to the zoo, and are already planning what they're going to do there before they even know if it's possible.

(I'm not suggesting your write without pants on, by the way. But it can be done. Just sayin'...)

All I'm saying is that if you put in the time, and are determined, the details have a way of working themselves out. You don't have to master them all at once, so why try?

~EJW~



The Space Between by Victoria H. Smith
Expected release date: April 2, 2013
New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Cover Designer: Okay Creations
Cover reveal organized by: AToMR Tours

Links to find the book: Goodreads

 

Description:

When Drake started the night at his father’s campaign fundraiser, he never imagined he’d end it being conned into buying drugs on the West Side. Losing high-stakes poker has its consequences, but he’d repeatedly face them just to hear Lacey Douglas sing. Drake sees Lacey light up the stage, and he has to have her. But his intentions for being on her side of town turn out to be the reason he can’t.

Chicago native Lacey has dreams of the opera, but life has its obstacles. Lacey has come to know her hardships as part of living in the real world and accepts them fully. When Lacey meets the intense and invigorating Drake, a fire is lit inside her, unleashing those dreams again.

Two paths that should have never crossed prove to create the exact pairing the other needs. But when their worlds take time to catch up, everything they have is tested. Finding the space between the two sides that challenge them will be hard, but it’s the only place that will keep them together.

The Space Between is a new adult contemporary romance.

About the author:

Victoria H. Smith has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. She puts it to good use writing romance all day. She resides in the Midwest with her Macbook on her lap and a cornfield to her right. She often draws inspiration for her stories from her own life experiences, and the twenty-something characters she writes give her an earful about it.

In her free time, she enjoys extreme couponing, blogging, reading, and sending off a few tweets on Twitter when she can. She writes new adult fiction romance in the sub-genres of science fiction, urban fantasy, and contemporary, but really, anywhere her pen takes her she goes.










Author Links: Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads 


31 comments:

  1. Congrats to Victoria. And that's true. I think the beauty is, we keep growing as writers as long as we put in the time and effort. This bloggy community is great for continuing to learn.

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  2. Congrats to Victoria~ the book sounds great, and the cover/trailer are both fabulous. And I must say, I'm always impressed with anyone who's into extreme couponing :) I'm so lazy when it comes to coupons.

    Thanks for the reminder not to sweat the details, EJ!

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    1. I'm the same--I throw away money, I think. Which makes me sad. :-(

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  3. Congratulations to Victoria!
    And in other words, don't over-think things.

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    1. Absolutely it. Just keeping at it is more often than not the key.

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  4. It sounds like a really interesting book, and the cover looks nice too. Sometimes I get caught up in the details of everything, it seems. It's hard not to, because I keep worrying about them. But you're right in that it's not good to focus on them too much, because too many details slow us down.

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  5. Good luck with the book launch Victoria.


    mood
    Moody Writing

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  6. Congrats to Victoria. Great advice about those pesky details. Writing is creative and you have to keep the fun to be good at it.

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    1. Totally agree Cindy. Worrying about how you're going to pull off every little aspect of things can kill the fun and inspiration.

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  7. Congrats on your cover. Love the trailer. Hi EJ!

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  8. Fantastic advice! I'm revising my really detailed outline, and I'm sure I'm going to have to be reminded to stop worrying about the tiny details and just write already. And I absolutely love the cover. It's gorgeous! :)

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    1. So many, many steps in writing a great story. But it always starts with the first one, right? :-)

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  9. This is a great remind for me right now in my writing. I'm outlining my novel, and there seems to be so much I have to have worked out before I csn write. It's good to be reminded that I don't need to know everything there is to knos about my novel before I write it.

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  10. What's worked for me in the past is to leave the details until the end. Let the first few drafts shape and inform the big picture of the story and fill in the nitty-gritty stuff later. But, I'm a big-picture kinda gal. :)

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    1. I think I naturally gravitate toward the big-picture as well, Sarah. But I definitely get weighted down with the minutia from time-to-time.

      Great seeing you by the way! :-D

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  11. What an interesting post! We can get hung up on details. When that happens I try to put them aside for a bit. Thanks for sharing the cover reveal. It looks like a great book.
    ~Jess

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  12. LOVE that cover - it's the typography that really makes it!

    and you're right. sometimes the details become crippling. When that happens throw them away and run with wild abandon. (but you should wear pants if others are around ;) )

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  13. Great advice! Maybe if I forget the small stuff for a little while, I could get more done...

    Good luck to Victoria. Great cover and sounds like a good book.

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  14. I love New Adult. I'll check yours out!

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  15. Great advice about those pesky details!
    And Congrats to Victoria!!!

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  16. Love that cover and it sounds like a fun read.
    I love the 'approach with a child's perspective'. Such great advice.

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  17. Great cover and trailer. Congrats, Victoria! :D

    And good advice, EJ. ;)

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  18. Thanks EJ, you always know how to say it, in such a genuine way! :D
    I agree, great advice! I like your style~

    I do let my inner child out, maybe too much, lol.

    Yes, Congrats to Victoria! Well Done :D

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  19. I like romance and Victoria's book sounds great. Cool cover too!

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  20. Great way to deal with details :)
    And I love Victoria's cover!

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  21. EJ-you know I have to espouse the benefits of giving up pants altogether.

    Victoria-Good luck with your book!!!

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  22. Congratulations, Victoria! It's a striking cover, and I like the blurb!

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  23. Thanks everyone! And EJ you sweet talker you!!! I love ya friend and thanks so much for posting the cover :D

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