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Things that make you you

by Louisa Klein

Hello Fiction-Fans!
Just a quick update to reassure you: I’m not dead! 😉 Quite the opposite, in fact! Actually, if you follow me on Twitter and Facebook, you must have noticed that I’ve been rather active on those, recently. Unfortunately, I didn’t have much time to blog in the last 2 months, since I’ve been working very hard on a number of projects, Supernatural Fog being on the top of the list. Book 2 of the Supernatural Freak series is nearly done, I promise! Actually, it was finished over a month ago, but then I didn’t think the final battle scene was good enough, so I’m rewriting it from scratch.  It’s tough, but I can do it. This last year and a half has been very challenging for me, even my health wasn’t (and still isn’t) particularly good and there were moments when I thought: “screw it, give up. I will write another time, later, when things will be better, who knows?” Well, it didn’t work. Putting my writing on hold didn’t make me feel better. It made me feel WORSE. Telling stories is what keeps me sane. It’s my only addiction. My mental health depends on it. I know it sounds crazy, maybe even stupid, but that’s the way it is, take it or leave it.  Call me melodramatic, over the top, all you want. It’s simply the truth. Making things and writing them down, keeps me grounded.
I write for a living since I was 17 (that’s where I go my first paid copywriting job). As most of you know, I’m a freelance journalist and copywriter and even writing a simple hotel brochure or a small business’ website makes me happy and fulfilled. Think about how I feel when I’m telling a fictional story!
As I said, I had a number of problems recently and because of force majeure I had to neglect my writing. And I was very frustrated, when the only times I could write was at night, when I was tired and sleepy. I tried to stop, to get a rest, to focus on life that was getting in the way.  I just got more depressed.
“Stop telling stories? How could you have even considered it?” told me a friend of mine, who’s a passionate musician. “Throw me on a desert island with my piano and I’ll keep plain it. No matter if the only audience I have is the jungle around me, no matter how starved I am. To tell you the truth, I’d probably swap the little food available with a guitar …”
So true.
To make a long story short: no matter
Just hang onto the things that make you really happy. That make you you. That’s my two cents of wisdom for today. Now, back to my writing cave! 🙂

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