Monday Mayhem – Mob Mentality

Running With My Mob

We usually hear the term ‘mob’ used in a derogatory manner, but I’m using it in my own way this time.

I met with some of my mob this weekend. I’ve missed a lot of Diamond State Romance Authors meetings this year due to travel and other conflicts. Luckily, I was home this past weekend, and I got a chance to catch up with some of my favorite people in the world.

Megan Mitcham, Me, Mandy Harbin, and Brinda Berry
Megan Mitcham, Me, Mandy Harbin, and Brinda Berry

Friends who share a common interest are essential to life, in my opinion. Writing is very solitary and sometimes isolating. As writers, we spend a lot of time in our own heads, and the voices we hear there are not always kind and supportive.

We are our own worst critics.

There’s a tendency to fixate on few negative reviews on our books, rather than the dozens of positive ones.

I can’t speak for everyone, but I’m pretty sure we all think the last book we finished was the last book we’ll ever be ABLE to finish. After this, the ideas will dry up, the words will escape us, our audiences will abandon us, and so on and so forth.

Then, we get together one Saturday and realize we are all thinking the same thing.

Safety in numbers can be the positive flip side to the mob mentality.

As long as your mob isn’t operating with nefarious purpose. Mine isn’t. All we want to do is write books with some kissing in them.

I’m going to try to tap into the positive energy I gleaned from running with my mob this weekend and embark on a new project. You know, the one I was sure was a stupid idea, and I’d never have enough words to write, and no one would want to read.

In the meantime, Rosie is out in the world. Give her a chance, will ya?

Oh! And wish me luck!

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2 Replies to “Monday Mayhem – Mob Mentality”

  1. I SO hear this. Even after I closed up shop last night, I still kept opening my doc and slaving over one section. I deleted it, then undid my deletion, then decided I’d move that scene, then realized it worked better where it is because if I moved it, I’d have to overhaul the last half of the book. Then I wondered (for the billionth time) if I’ve completely destroyed my story. Then I woke up at 4am with dialogue in my head, and here I am, right back at it again. 😀

    This writing business…it’s a crazy business, yo.

  2. The most important thing first – Wow, I love the shirt you have on in the picture! That is gorgeous! You are too, of course, but the shirt is really working for you.

    Then, this line: “All we want to do is write books with some kissing in them.” Hee. Tee-hee. Ha! LOL. OK, I think I’ve got the giggles out now.

    You have your legion of devoted followers. You know we will always read every word you put on the page. I’m available for an infusion of positive energy whenever needed! Now…go write!

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