Overcoming the Struggle by Stevie Kopas

Hey everyone, Stevie Kopas here, and for those of you who don’t know who I am, just imagine the perfect artisan sandwich that types and talks a lot. If you’re wondering why I would choose to compare myself to a sandwich, then you must not be familiar with working a demanding job and finding the time to write novels. Or maybe I’ve just got food on the brain…

As a new author who sometimes gets called “young ‘un”, I’m constantly in awe and sometimes covetous of the amount of time my fellow authors have to write their ever-impressive novels. I almost find it unbelievable that people are happily sitting at their computers and able to pump out anywhere from 2,000 to 12,000 words a day! But it happens, and that’s what I hope to someday be able to achieve. For now though, I’ll have to stick with my 2,000 to 12,000 words a week… if I’m lucky.

With that being said, when I finished my third book, All Good Things back in November, I said to myself, “Ah yes, time to take a small break and maybe work on a short story here and there since I’ve got a complete trilogy coming out soon.” But that’s when I had to stop, snatch my head out of the clouds, and correct myself. I said, “Self, you can’t take a break.  You don’t have that luxury.” And it’s true. For writers with demanding schedules and full time day jobs, you have to keep reminding yourself to work that much harder to put out your next book if you ever want to fulfill your dream of someday quitting your day job to start your illustrious career as a full time writer, aka unicorn.

There’s no magical formula. I’ve asked around enough and gotten the same answer from almost every successful author I’ve spoken to. Just keep writing. Keep putting books out, keep building your audience, just keep writing. Plain and simple. And that’s probably the best advice I’ve received or given in regard to writing. It’s easy to get discouraged when you get writer’s block or when you can’t seem to find the time to write something, anything. But you know, the pyramids weren’t built over night… or so I’ve been told, I wasn’t there. Regardless if aliens zapped them there or they took forty years, the point I’m trying to make is that nobody stopped midway and said “There just aren’t enough hours in the day for this. Let’s go guys, pack it in.”

So when it comes to being a writer with a full time job, I pride myself on those 2,000 words a week because I didn’t simply collapse on the couch and binge watch Orange is The New Black while eating twelve tacos when I got home. (Okay, so one time I did.) Point is, whether you’ve got a day job, you’re a stay-at-home parent, or whatever your life situation is, you keep writing that book, no matter how long it takes you. You’ll be that much more proud of it in the end.

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Stevie Kopas is not really a sandwich. She was born and raised in New Jersey and currently resides in sunny Florida, as most northerners eventually do. She is the author of The Breadwinner Trilogy, a post-apocalyptic survival adventure and some short horror stories featured in the At Hell’s Gates horror anthologies. She also is the Managing Editor of the super cool website, horrormetalsounds.com. Stevie is currently working on her fourth book, a new adult, comedy sci-fi entitled Earth to Millie. You can stalk her on Twitter @ApacoTaco or become a fan on Facebook at facebook.com/thebreadwinnertrilogy. Stevie has a blog and an official website at www.someonereadthis.com and you can also sign up for the mailing list right from the site.