I received the butt glue at the January 17th SSRA meeting, my first meeting as a new member. That was fine with me because I had promised my agent a manuscript in January and I wasn’t finished, as in I still had at least 15,000 more words to write and there were only 14 days left in the month. That meant at least 1,000 words a day. Okay, I could do this. I had the butt glue, right?
That night I wrote 1002 words. Yes, I just squeaked by. The next day wasn’t so great at 558 words, but the reason my word count was low was that I discovered I hit the NY Times and the USA Today bestsellers lists with a box set I did with other authors. We knew we had a shot at the USA Today but never expected to be #11 on the NYT! Squeee!
Great right? Yes, for feeling validated. Not so great for the work in progress that was due in 11 days. I had to call family and close friends, including my critique partner who was so good at pushing me to write better. Then emails needed to be sent, newsletters had to go out, blog stops had to be made, fans needed to be replied to. I was walking on air. In fact, I was so high I couldn’t even see the butt glue sitting on my desk.
Days went by with no progress on my manuscript and I had told my agent she would have it in January. I had sworn long ago to never be that author who didn’t make deadlines. Luckily, while I was still unpublished, I wanted to be published so bad that I decided to act like a published author. I wanted to create good habits that I could use once I was published. One of those habits was regarding meeting deadlines. I would set myself deadlines and stick to them NO MATTER WHAT. Everything got pushed aside to make my self-imposed, realistic, deadlines. I even called in sick to my fulltime job one time to make one of my own deadlines, never mind the many times I went to work on two hours sleep.
So I came back down to earth and decided my glue of choice would have to be Super Glue. For the next few days I wrote a couple thousand words a day. Then on January 27th I decided I needed to finish the manuscript in order to have a few days to revise and clean it up for my agent. I stayed up until 3:30am that night/morning. For some reason I wasn’t sleepy, I was revved, and I think it was the glue. I wrote 8,838 words and got to the end, but hadn’t written the epilogue, and the final love scene was “insert love scene here.” I went to bed feeling guilty. Yup, guilty. So the next morning I got out the Super Glue again and I wrote until I had truly finished the manuscript. Yes, 4,045 words later, I wrote “The End.” It was January 28th.
The butt glue worked for me, but I had to use Super Butt Glue. That Super Glue was the habit I had created when I was yet unpublished. If being a published author with a long career is the goal, we have to develop the habits early. Believe me, that super glue mindset clicked in and saved my butt.
Award-winning erotic romance author Lexi Post spent years in higher education taking and teaching courses about the classical literature she loved. From the Medieval work “The Pearl” to the 20th century American epic The Grapes of Wrath, from War and Peace to the Bhagavad Gita, she’s read, studied, and taught wonderful classics.
But Lexi’s first love is romance novels. In an effort to marry her two first loves, she started writing erotic romance inspired by the classics and found she loved it. Lexi feels there is no end to the romantic inspiration she can find in great literature.
Lexi lives with her husband and cat in the beautiful Virgin Islands where gorgeous sunsets, warm weather, and driving on the left are the norm. She can be found online at www.lexipostbooks.com
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