Sunday Update: Fresh Words

It feels good to be slipping back into a writing routine after the release of my latest book. I floundered for a few days with attempts to market the new book, and a few more with wondering how much more I could do to promote the release. I found my balance this week. I’ll continue to promote Queen Witch as opportunities arise, but I truly believe the best use of my time is on the writing side. I have more releases planned this year, and the best way to promote my work is to keep on writing kick-ass stories. So I’m back at it!

It helps that I’m writing the sequel, and since a fair number of family and friends have just read the first book in my fantasy series, they’re starting to pester me for book two. Good pestering. The helpful kind. In fact, I caught zero eye-rolling for skipping a family breakfast at my folks this morning in preference of getting 1,600 words on the page. I think it was the right decision. ๐Ÿ™‚

My goals for the first three months of the year were:

1) Publish Queen Witch — Check!

2) Revise Flight, the third Children of the Sidhe novella — I’ve been through my draft on paper, and now that Queen Witch is out I need to spend at least an hour twice a week revising this baby so I can publish it this spring.

3) Write an average of 500 words per day on the second Foulweather Twins novel — I haven’t kept up with this one in recent weeks, but as I said, I’m getting back into the rhythm. To make this goal, I need to write more days of the week. I wrote 1,600 words today and 700 on Friday, for 2,300 total this week. That’s not too far off my 3,500 weekly goal. But I’ll do better this week, I swear! ๐Ÿ™‚
And here’s a BONUS!! Yesterday I felt like blowing off my main project, even though I had plenty of time to write. So did I sit on my butt? Wellโ€ฆerโ€ฆyes, but in that good, butt in chair, producing words way. You see, Friday night my hubby went out with friends and I put on a movie and dug into some plotting notes for a fun story idea I played with about a year ago. I realized I had an entire outline, so yesterday I wrote the first scene, about 1,000 words! It felt good! It’s something completely different, and I think it will fill a need for “blowing off steam” during the writing of a novel. Novels take soooo long!!! But I hate to lose a single day of productive writing. Not sure how often I’ll play with this one; it’s totally a joy thing, so probably as often as I need that. ๐Ÿ™‚
Best of luck this week, ROWers!

About J.R. Pearse Nelson

J.R. Pearse Nelson is a native Oregonian, residing in the beautiful Portland area. She lives with her husband, two small daughters and the family dog. J.R. is always searching for the magic in our world. She weaves tales rooted in mythology, bringing legend to life in modern-day and fantasy settings. J.R. is the author of the Children of the Sidhe paranormal romance series, the Foulweather Twins fantasy series, and the Water Rites fantasy series. You can connect with J.R. online at her website. Visit

6 comments on “Sunday Update: Fresh Words

  1. You’re working hard lady! And I can relate to the post-publication ???? You kind of have to figure out where to point your compass, but just writing again usually does the trick. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Novels do take a long time. Even longer are the SERIES. I think I bit off more than I could chew before I’d realized it.

    It’s good to see you get your creative juices flowing. Congrats on your new release, too! Woohoo! That must feel so great.

  3. It’s so hard to know what to do to promote a new release! At least you know that continuing to write is one thing to do. I hope I can get back in the groove this week, too. As I said in my post yesterday, I got out of the habit of writing and am really struggling to get back to it.

    I’m looking forward to what comes next in the Sidhe series. And you KNOW I can’t wait to read the next Foulweather Twins book. Also, you have my curiosity piqued about your “fun” project, so I hope it’s something you decide to publish at some point. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. It sounds like you had a productive week! I love it when an unexpected story invites itself in my writing time. Whether or not it becomes a new project, I’d say it was time well spent! Hope you have a great week ๐Ÿ™‚

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