I doubt it will surprise anyone when I say 2020 was a tough year for me. It was a tough year for everyone around the globe. We all had our personal struggles thanks to the pandemic (and many of us still struggle) and for me that meant staying away from social media. I’ve been radio-silent on most online platforms, but I’m ready to talk about my own experiences.
If you take a quick look at my new year’s resolution for 2020, you can tell I was quite optimistic that the year ahead of me would be a great one. But at the end of 2020, I had neither finished the next book nor improved my marketing skills and I didn’t interact with people online either (and certainly not in real life). When most things closed or got cancelled, I basically withdrew and I haven’t truly come out of my shell since.
But not all of last year was bad. I moved to a new place so I could be closer to my family again. I never gave up on finishing Unseelie Queen. And I’ve learned a lot about myself and what I have to do to keep being a writer. Life may be full of uncertainties, but there is one thing I know without a doubt: I will keep writing for as long as I can. I’m not the fastest writer and I sometimes get discouraged quite easily. And while I lost my interest in reading (at least during lockdown) I can’t picture my life without writing books. Writing may sometimes be the reason for stress and sleepless nights, but to me, writing is inevitable. It has become like the air I breathe, and words flow through my veins, bleeding onto the paper. So no matter how much I doubt myself, no matter how often people tell me that I’ll never “make it”, I’ll follow my new mantra: