And so, I guess I’m writing two books now

The Very Real World of Emily Adams got its first 2 star rating on Amazon, so in response, I have apparently decided that I need to be writing 2 books right now instead of just the one.

See, after a discussion on books and sequels with my dear friend a few weeks ago, and after a great deal of time listening to “It Must Have Been Love” by Roxette and “White Flag” by Dido, I’ve officially decided that I need to write the next story in the Emily Adams, Isaac Moore and Princess Song universe (I should also probably come up with a more catchy name for the universe). I tried to write this book months ago, but then my writing was making me mad, so I stopped.

Now, today, I have officially revisited it.

The working title is “Bob and Thipka Try Really Hard to Save the World.” It will be told from Nothe’s perspective. I’m so excited.

I’m also freaking out. I freakin’ love Nothe! That’s a lot of pressure. I gotta get his story right.

Man, I hope I get his story right.

So, here’s the thing I’m learning. I thought I understood this before I was ever published, but the truth of it has been absolutely solidified in the few years since then: You’ve gotta write for you. You write because there’s this fire in your soul, and letting it die out would be allowing a part of yourself to die as well.

You write because it helps you get back up when you’re hurting, and keep moving forward when the world around you is dark. It’s a safe place to retreat to when storms are raging. It’s the ship carrying you across the troubled sea.

And for me, it’s a chance to still be a little kid, sending my toys on wild adventures in my own little world.

I don’t know. Stephen King said it best: “Writing is not life, but I think that sometimes it can be a way back to life.”

Boom. That’s it. That’s why you do it.

And one thing is for absolute certain—whatever happens, I know I will never regret writing these stories and seeing them through to the end. I get to live in these worlds for the months—and sometimes years—it takes to finish them. They make me happy!

I can’t wait until finals are over so I can get back to hours of writing! I have missed it so much. 😭 #writerslifeforme