Two days after Christmas, I was tested for Covid-19 and admitted to the hospital. I thought I had a sinus infection, and I didn’t know it was a big deal. I didn’t lose my sense of taste or smell, and I had a headache, so I thought it was just my sinuses acting up. Well, it wasn’t.
Because of that, I have not been inclined to work on my next book. When you hear all the stories about Covid-19 and how you feel, it is right. I had all the feelings lying in the hospital bed by myself; I was alone and scared. I had the best nurses and doctors, and they kept me off a ventilator.
All that being said, the story continues, and I am going to add it to my next book. This virus is history-making, and I feel it should be in one of my books. My Smoky Mountains Romance series involves paramedics and the hospital, so why not add that to the story? My new book led me to add it in and making it part of my characters.
Sometimes as an author, you need to decide how you want to develop your characters and what adventure you want them to go on, or which road you want them to take. In the second book of my series, I have to decide how to develop my characters more and make the readers keep reading my book. You can’t kill everyone off or have them shooting up the town to create excitement for the book. Sometimes the storyline has to emotionally pull the person in emotionally.
Writing a book is not just about putting words on a page. It is about having an editor, a proof-reader, and people who can help you become a better writer and give you feedback on your book. How can you improve the story?
No matter where you share your book, make sure there are no typos, grammar mistakes, and a book that doesn’t tell a story. If it is a documentary book, it still needs a storyline to follow.
Take pride in anything you write. You are sharing a part of yourself with others. Let them see your talent. Don't be afraid to add things to your stories that include experiences you can share and put yourself in the character's shoes.