Who are you, where do you come from, when did you start writing, why did you choose the writing industry.
I’m a YA author, homeschool mom, dreamer, and freelance editor based in Missouri. For as long as I can recall, I’ve spent my days in imaginary worlds, but I didn’t start pouring them onto paper until my early teen years. From poetry, essays, journaling, collaborations with friends, and creative writing workshops in high school and college, I couldn’t get enough of words and stories. Needless to say, no one else seemed shocked when I decided to pursue writing as more than a hobby—it was more of a surprise that it took me so long to see it as my passion! Now I can’t imagine life without being an author and sharing my favorite daydreams.
What genre do you write, why do people like your stuff, etc.
I’ve dabbled in several genres as I worked to find my niche in the writing world, but young adult romance and fantasy have captured my storytelling heart. Readers love my realistic characters, whimsical imagination, and the balance of sweetness and depth I aim to create with my stories.
As a busy mom, one of the biggest obstacles I find on the writing journey is grasping the time and energy to focus on my projects. For a glimpse into how I build writing habits and reach for the goals I set, read my New Year, New Burst of Energy post below.
You can follow me on Amazon to take a peek at my debut YA novel and stay up to date on future releases: https://www.amazon.com/Amber-Lambda/e/B09C42Q9FW/
“Halos” on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Halos-Amber-Lambda-ebook/dp/B09C3RPSCQ
New Year, New Burst of Energy!
Something about a new year and a fresh horizon gives me a burst of energy to jump in and get things done—especially with my writing! So many stories to tackle, and all the time of an entire year to work on it. But like any other resolutions and goals, that initial excitement can wane as the days pass and things get tough. Other duties call, the stories might not be as pleasant to work on when you’re deep in rewrites, and writing gets shifted down the priority list. To keep that gusto and morale for my projects, here are a few of my personal go-to tricks for keeping the writing habit.
- Start with SMART goals.
If you’re not familiar with this acronym, it just serves as a quick framework for how to set your goals and better stick to them. Aim for creating goals that are: Specific, so you know exactly what it is you’re reaching for. Measurable, to see both the big and small leaps of progress as you move forward. Attainable, because unrealistic goals can feel overwhelming and keep you stuck. Relevant to your bigger picture and the things that matter to you. And last, time-based, to keep you accountable and motivated with a deadline to work toward.
- Create a personal routine.
Next, you’ll want to set aside time to create the writing habit you’ll need to see your goals through. Routine, of course, varies from author to author, so keep trying new things until you find the timing and pacing that works for your schedule. For me, my normal weekdays are quite busy, and since I often don’t have more than fifteen to twenty minutes of free time at once, time-blocking works well for me. I look at my schedule and see where those little blocks of time are, and plan to use them for tasks toward writing goals. On their own, those brief spurts don’t look like much, but when used with intention, they add up to a couple of hours of work a day! Besides time, the place you designate to write can also add to your habit building. Try to choose a place and other atmospheric details that help you focus, and that inspire you to get into the writing zone. Some people light a certain candle or drink the same beverage every time they write. For me, I love to take a notebook outside to write in the sun while my kiddo plays. And then I try to get to a cafe once a week to work on edits with my story’s playlist, coffee, and no chores pulling me away from the page.
- Be flexible and give yourself grace.
You’ve probably already experienced this at some point—but of course, even the best plans and intentions don’t always turn out the way we hope. When goals seem to stretch further out instead of getting closer, it’s easy to shut down and feel like you’re never going to get to the big picture. Instead of pushing yourself even harder until you burn out, it’s okay to take a break and change something that isn’t working. Take a breath, step back, and reevaluate what you have done as opposed to focusing on what you haven’t. Reward yourself for the little things and the big, stop and refill your well here and there, and remind yourself why you’re writing. You’ll love how purposeful your words will feel again!
- Keep track of your processes to plan future goals.
This has become a crucial reminder for me as I go through different processes in the writing journey! Drafting, rewriting, line edits, and final polishing all take a different type of thinking, and a varied amount of time to complete, and at first it was frustrating to figure this out. As you go along in your own writing journey, try to keep an updated plan with a general idea of which parts of writing take you the longest, how many drafts you go through to reach a completed manuscript, what worked great, and what you want to try something different with next time. These might change a bit with each story, but knowing your personal quirks can be helpful in creating timelines and broader goals. Giving you a realistic idea of what to expect from yourself without comparing to others with different processes and schedules.
I hope this has been helpful insight into my behind-the-scenes process, and that you can create the perfect balance with your writing habits and goals. Here’s to a great 2022 full of creativity and chasing dreams!