10 Days Until NaNoWriMo!

It’s October 21st and as this month draws closer to NaNoWriMo, I just wanted to take a moment to reflect how these past 21 days have truly changed my life in ways I never imagined.

October will always be a month that I hold near and dear to my heart. Not only has this month always been my favorite because it kicks off fall (my favorite time of year) but it will always be the month that turned me into an Author!

When I started writing Underwater: The Aurora Chronicles back in 2012, never in a million years did I think I’d make it this far in my publication journey. It had always been one of those, “Yeah it would be nice one day to see it published!”

I had picked this story up and put it down so many times over the years due to life circumstances. To sit here in front of my computer today and say I am a bonafide self-published author is surreal. What is even more surreal is sitting here, staring at the completed version of my first book on my desk.

“Opinions are just that. Opinions. So take them with a grain of salt.”

So what has truly changed since October 1st when I released my debut novel?

Other than being able to put “Author” next to my name, I have learned so much about the self publishing industry. I have learned what I would do differently or what I got just right. I feel I am better prepared when I launch book #2 and how I can create something more pleasing to the reader.

I also learned where my readership base is and who they are (and let me tell you, they are some incredible people!).

I learned how to take on negative criticism and learned that not all bad reviews are about you or your writing. We all come from different walks of life and see the world drastically different from each other. Some will see something in your writing that isn’t even there but because they are looking for something negative to say, or are looking through the lens of something to find fault in, they will always find it. In that, I realize how important it is to stay objective about these reviews and find where it may be helpful and disregard the nasty parts where it is purely opinion.

Which is an important piece of advice to remember – opinions are just that. Opinions. It doesn’t make them right or wrong, so take them with a grain of salt.

Most importantly, the thing that has changed my life the most in this author journey of mine, is the strong community and amazing authors I have met along the way. This community is so supportive and uplifting. I truly feel like I have found a place to call “home”. A place where I feel like I truly belong and am proud to be a part of. I consider all of those within this community my “author friends” because of how much we support one another and share in each others excitement for our hard works.

“There is nothing better in the world than to just simply be understood.”

This “author road” can be lonely. We spend a lot of hours typing away on our computers alone. We sit with our thoughts, dreaming and mapping out our stories alone. We even internalize feedback alone. So when you can find your people who understand what it is you are going through, it creates a sort of instant bond where you can empathize with one another. There is nothing better in the world than to just simply be understood without saying too much.

From here, as us authors & writers wrap up the last 10 days of Preptober, it is so important to reflect on how far you have come in your journey. Whether it is a 1st WIP, or you are working on your 5th book, it is important to see where you are now compared to where you started. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the everyday “what’s next” hooplah. And quite frankly, can be overwhelming at times too.

As for me, NaNoWriMo will be the kickstart to book #2 of The Aurora Chronicles series. I have so many ideas for this series, and future series to come, that I need NaNoWriMo just so I can focus on this next step, on this next book.

I am extremely happy I stepped on this “indie author stage” and am excited to see where it takes me from here. More importantly, I’m excited to see where this journey takes some of my closest author friends as well. Nothing is more enjoyable than seeing the success of those around you.

I pray for a productive Preptober and a successful NaNoWriMo to all those who are bold enough to chase after their writing dreams!

– Brittany L. Bowman

About The Author

Brittany L. Bowman is a self-published author of Underwater: The Aurora Chronicles, published with her own independent publishing company – Arctic Fox Press. As an Orange County, Ca native, she dreams of faraway places where moody weather thrives and mysteries abound. When she isn’t dreaming of faraway places, she is spending time with her 3 furbabies, her husband, surfing, hitting the gym, or grubbing on some delicious food. Her motto – sushi is life, Hawaiian food is good for the soul, and tacos are an everyday staple.