Show Up for Yourself

Does word count matter? 

If you are a creative writer of any kind, this can often be a very, very important question to ask yourself. It's December (almost Christmas!! Yayy!!!) and many of you participated in November's national Novel Writing Month. During writing challenges such as these, word count can often become a significant stressor.

I was chatting with my sister Abbie (who also participated in this year's NaNo) recently about word count and whether or not we should be setting emphasis on it as writers. We had a great discussion - one that sparked the idea for the video you'll find just below.


Remember, we write to communicate a good story, not simply to get as many words down on paper as possible. Sometimes we don't need as many words as we think we do to achieve this, while other times we may need more...there is no right or wrong.

Let word count be a prompt when it comes to challenges such as NaNoWriMo, or perhaps goals you set for yourself - but let the true GOAL be to simply...show up. Show up for your book and show up for yourself. If you do that? Your project is already a success.


3 MINDFUL TAKEAWAYS:

• showing up > the amount of words you write
• writing a story that MATTERS and that will make a positive impact is way more important than how long it is.
• Your readers don't care about how many words are in your book. They care about engaging with a wholesome and compelling story that will linger in their minds and hearts long after they've closed the covers.


Now it's YOUR turn! Do you keep track of word count? What's the #1 most important goal you've set for yourself with your writing? How do you maintain a healthy relationship with word count? Let's chat below in the comments!


Merry Christmas, creative souls!
kate


A bit about the new book...



...Yep. I wrote a prequel. I think we all knew this was coming, I mean? Could I really stop talking to these characters? Could they really stop talking to me?

Unlikely. 

I just posted a new video on my YouTube channel revealing the title, cover, what it's about - the whole nine yards, you can find that below. And the best part: it JUST went live on NetGalley. and you are formally invited to be on my launch team! Here's how:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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1. Watch the video below for all the details⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
2. Grab your FREE copy on NetGalley (again, link in bio)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
3. Leave a quick, kind, & honest review on NetGalley and Goodreads when you're finished.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀


Join the launch team & grab your copy here!


For a bit about the book itself...


14-year-old Ion Jacobs just wants to belong to a family and feel normal. But his past is a mystery, his future is a question, and his whole life is about to change.
Tossed from one foster home to another and shadowed by his mysterious past, Ion fears he’ll never fit in — until one day, when he drops a pencil and instead of falling to the floor…it floats.
Shocked and bewildered, Ion searches deeper and discovers an undeniable truth about himself: he possesses extraordinary powers beyond his control. Healing injuries, levitating objects, and superhuman strength come as easy to him as breathing. Now Ion only has one goal: make sure no one finds out what he’s capable of.
Struggling to keep his newfound abilities a secret, Ion finds himself more isolated than ever — until he meets a mysterious stranger in the woods who seems to understand Ion better than anyone else. As tensions rise at home with his new foster family, Ion finds it harder and harder to control his powers. And when he accidentally sparks a fire that nearly destroys their home, Ion is forced to face the reality of his situation: not only is he capable of healing — he’s also capable of fatal destruction.


I'm not going to say anymore, I'm going to let the book speak for itself. Needless to say, I am extremely stoked, none of this would be possible without your support, and I hope you can join the launch team for Anomaly because I would absolutely LOVE for you be part of this journey!

The novel is out 4.7.2020! As always, stay updated by following Here To Create, or my Facebook.



Can't wait to share this story with you!

stay stoked,
kate