Kira Brady

Nov 22
I’m Thankful for Writing…and Words…and Write or Die

Book 2 of the Deadglass Trilogy, Hearts of Shadow, is due to my editor at Kensington on December 1st. I have not been blogging. Now you know why. But as Thanksgiving approaches and I’ve been digging deeper and deeper into my WIP, I’ve been thinking about how much I love my job and how lucky I am to do what I do. I’m not saying every day is roses and kittens; many writing days are like digging my wisdom teeth out with a piece of sea glass. But that’s why Write or Die exists. It allows me to get over my perfectionism and just get words on the page. Real writing is all about rewriting, and I love rewriting. I can spend hours editing a single page. The feeling of having a beautifully, shiny, edited scene is priceless. Satisfaction. Creative fulfillment.

I get cranky when I haven’t been writing. This fast approach of the Deadline of Doom is actually really good for me. It forces me to buckle down and crank this baby out. I never wrote a paper in high school or college that wasn’t the night before it was due. (NOTE: Don’t worry Peter, I am NOT writing this book the night before it’s due!!!) I thrive on the deadline. It also stresses me the F out, but I have to admit some of that stress is a good thing. It fuels the brain and the creative energy.

I’m also extremely grateful for my family who has stepped in to help with the baby while Mr. Kira has been out of town for the past two weeks. And I’m thankful that Mr. Kira is back and helping out while I finish this book by the deadline. I’m lucky to be able to do something I love and still have a ton of time for family.

What are you thankful for?

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