Hello, Readers! I’m a little late getting this blog post up. I have to admit sometimes I struggle to come up with worthwhile blogs to post that don’t result in my endless ramblings. I do believe that I mentioned here that I have a lot of personal things going on. I’ve had a very sick family member that has brought a lot of worry into my thoughts.

In light of it all, I’ve dug deeper into my work and submerged myself in it as much as possible. It is times when I’m least active that my brain wanders into dark territory in my head. Anyway, given all of that, I put my focus on my work to help from thinking the worst. It looks like given a few more tests there is light at the end of the tunnel.

As for my work, I’ve tried hard to keep on track. Unfortunately, I haven’t succeeded at it. Weekends are the worst for me. I can see the pattern on my calendar where I’m keeping track of what days I’m working and what days I’m blowing off. Anytime I have two days of no work close together old habits kick in. It’s hard for me to get the momentum going once more. With it being a holiday weekend where I spent the entire time with the Hubby-Man and our youngest daughter…well that means I didn’t log a lot of work time at all. It’s no one’s fault but my own, and if I truly wanted to work, I would have found a way.

Now as for why I titled this your own cheerleader. You will hear from many people that writing is solitary. To a degree, I agree with this, but not all of the way. Being an author is about building connections with other authors, readers, editors, cover artists, etc. Upon that, you need to make sure that you are getting your work out. This is where that solitary part kicks in. During these times, it is hard to remain your own cheerleader.

Through everything, you’ve got to do that. You’ve got to cheer yourself on. Eventually, you are the only one doing it. I mean, after all, you are doing this for you. If there wasn’t a part of you that is passionate about telling a great story, literature and keeping an ancient tradition of storytelling alive then you wouldn’t be doing this. Writing a novel is grueling at the best of times.

To battle this you’ve got to be your own cheerleader. Sure, you probably have friends that are proud of you and you can talk to sometimes, but the fact of the matter is everyone has a life. Not everyone is going to be there to hold your hand through every step of the way. You have got to stand up, proud and cheer yourself on.

There will always be days where this is incredibly hard to do. I know. I’m having one today. I’ve had the beginning part of the second draft in hands of a few trusted souls to read over. I have heard nothing from one and very little from the other. While you are doing something completely new with your writing this can be extremely devastating. It makes you second guess yourself.

These are the times when you have to dust yourself off, stand up and keep pushing through. There are times you have to carry yourself through the mud. So while it’s nice to always have a cheerleader by your side (I know this because through my first novel I did have one. She was my rock through it all. I was spoiled during that time.), it isn’t always that way. Your writing is all-consuming for you, but only you. Other people have other thoughts and feelings. Things that they want to do.

It’s these times we trudge on. We cheer on ourselves. So, my weather-beaten author friends, stand up, pat yourself on the back and keep on writing.

Be your own cheerleader. Hell, be your loudest cheerleader. Nobody wants this dream more than you do, so do it.

As always remember L.O.L. (Live it, Own it, Love it) or it isn’t worth doing.