One of my editors emailed me recently to ask about my writing schedule for the rest of 2016 and early 2017. I admit, I drew a bit of a blank. Not because I'm not planning on doing any writing - quite the opposite - but because I don't have a schedule.
People that know me might be surprised by this - I'm often touted as the Queen of Organisation. And I am, really. But not necessarily when it comes to writing. Yes, I hit deadlines if I have them, and get stuff turned around fast when needed, but knowing what I'm going to be writing in a month's time, let alone any further out, rarely happens.
Honestly... for me, this is a good thing. As much as a big part of me would love to have the whole books in all major bookstores and supermarkets thing, huge launch parties, reviews in national newspapers, and the yummy royalties that would go with all that, it would mean giving something up. Flexibility and freedom. Right now, unless I've committed to something particular, I can write what I want, when I want. Just this week I've switched WIPs because I decided to have a go at writing a story for an anthology one of my publishers is putting out. If I was under a strict schedule, with specific dates I needed to have a book to a publisher by, things like that wouldn't be possible. But because my writing time and schedule is my own, it means I can write the short story, then skip back to the other WIP. Or maybe change to something else altogether, if another opportunity comes up.
Obviously I can't write for every opportunity that comes up, or even every one I'd like to. I just don't write quite fast enough for that. But I do assess what opportunities look best for me and my writing, and which ones excite me the most. And, as I say, much as I'd like the increased income that would go with a stricter, more traditional publishing career, at the moment, I love being able to write what excites me - nothing more, and nothing less.
Because that's what it's all about, isn't it? Yes, I also love being paid for what I do (not to mention I need the money to, you know, eat and stuff), but if it was a grind, if every word was a struggle because my heart wasn't in it, then that would be depressing. And there's enough of that in this world. So I'm sticking with happiness, and my heart being in it :)
Lucy Felthouse is the award-winning author of erotic romance novels Stately Pleasures (named in the top 5 of Cliterati.co.uk’s 100 Modern Erotic Classics That You’ve Never Heard Of, and an Amazon bestseller) and Eyes Wide Open (winner of the Love Romances Café’s Best Ménage Book 2015 award, and an Amazon bestseller). Including novels, short stories and novellas, she has over 140 publications to her name. She owns Erotica For All, and is one eighth of The Brit Babes. Find out more about her writing at http://lucyfelthouse.co.uk, or on Twitter and Facebook. You can also subscribe to her monthly newsletter at: http://eepurl.com/gMQb9