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Monday Mayhem - Getting Stuck in a Rut #WritersLife

Happy Monday! :-) I hope you had a good weekend.

Mine was extremely productive, but alas it went by too fast. But then again, don't they all?

It came to my attention last week that I was slowing down. Where at one point it took me an hour to write 1K words, now it was taking me an afternoon. Ever since the holidays I've been getting slower and slower. Now mind you, I'm a stickler for hitting deadlines unless there's an emergency. So what did this mean? That I had to work later and later into the evening...sometimes until bedtime. Not good.

So then in the morning, I was tired. I didn't want to work on my book, not because I didn't love the characters and the storyline, but because I'd stared at it most of the prior day and evening. Thus I drug my feet to get started and working late into the evening. Are you seeing where I'm going with this? It was a big, ugly loop. It's strange how I got caught up in this unhappy circle without even really realizing it.

Last week I finally got a clue and realized things had to change. So I went back to sprinting, with stated word counts and quitting times. I wasn't so sure how I'd do. I'd gone soft over the winter. But I surprised myself and nailed it. I've been hitting 3K a day without breaking a sweat and it feels AMAZING. I've got my life back. *wipes hand over brow* I can once again read in the evenings. My reward. And in the mornings I feel energized.

I don't know quite how I got stuck in that rut, but I don't want to go back. I think of my mind like a muscle. If I exercise it daily and put it through its paces writing consistently every day, it gets easier. But if I slack off for a few days, it's a struggle to get back into the routine.

And speaking of hitting my goals, I  have a book coming out next week. I think of it as a reward for my perseverance. ;-) I'm uber excited about it. THE GREEK'S READY-MADE WIFE is the first book in the Brides for the Greek Tycoons. And preliminary reviews are positive. Yay!!! I hope you'll get a chance to read it too.

"Faye has such a way with words. Readers will find themselves moved more than once throughout this swoon-worthy love story. Cristo and Kyra were made for each other, and the minor twists and turns are thrown in for good measure." RT Book Reviews

"The Greeks' Ready-Made Wife is full of positive vibes and love. I enjoyed the dialogue, the sweet humor and the many leveled happy ever after. I recommend this romance story to readers who want to satisfy their need for a feel good theme; The Greeks' Ready-Made Wife delivers." Long and Short Reviews