Today, I have the privilege of welcoming Kathrese McKee to my little hubbub of cyberspace. I met Kathrese through an online MasterMind group last year, and she is one of the first online writer peeps that I finally got to meet in person. It was great! I’ve been excited about her upcoming work, Mardan’s Mark. It’s got the makings of a great adventure. Pirates, princesses, and betrayal. And she’s even offering to giveaway a Kindle copy. But more about that later. Please join me in welcoming, Kathrese McKee!
Pursing Dreams in the Edges of Life
How do you accomplish that dream-of-a-lifetime, the thing you’ve always thought just might be possible, if only you had time? In my case, the dream is to write novels for a living.
Drawback of the Writing Dream
Few writers make a living from writing right from the first. They support themselves with some other work and write in their off hours. How do you turn that idea for a great story into a novel? How do you buy time to write that book when you’re working full time?
No Time Surplus Store
Here’s the secret: you don’t buy time. No. We all get the same number of hours in each day; there’s no time surplus store. You can’t make time or borrow it. All you can do is choose how you use the time you have.
The secret to accomplishing dreams, especially the ones that seem too big to handle and beyond your reach, is to pursue them in the edges of life.
Many people ask me how I made time to write my debut novel. I wrote the first draft of my fantasy series in spiral notebooks while I was working full time and raising four kids. I did it in the dead time, the fringe time, the waiting rooms, the commutes, on road trips, and while I watched the children play in the front yard. I wrote at my classroom desk during lunch while I waited for the next class to start.
I didn’t make time, but I did re-purpose it. I was intentional. I made sacrifices and continue to do so. Thankfully, my family is willing to make sacrifices too. My house is far from spotless; sometimes, it’s a wreck. I told my kids that the maid quit. I let the beds go unmade and stopped matching socks. And the kids learned to make enough meals so they wouldn’t starve.
Most people think spare moments like these are too short to get anything done. Like pennies adding up to dollars, minutes add up to hours and days and weeks.
You can think of it as stealing time if you like, but it’s working in the edges. It’s giving up television and long shopping trips to do the work of making, of preparing, of learning. More accurately, pursuing dreams in the edges is prioritizing what you choose to do and squeezing the spare moments you find to wring from them their greatest worth.
Books aren’t written…
If you have a dream, especially a dream of writing a book, you have to pursue it whenever and wherever you can, with single-minded determination. And you can’t quit once the first draft is completed because writing a book is a multi-step process.
Books aren’t written – they’re rewritten. Including your own. It is one of the hardest things to accept, especially after the seventh rewrite hasn’t quite done it. — Michael Crichton
Don’t give up on your dreams. They are worth the struggles. As Teddy Roosevelt said, “The credit belongs to the man [or woman]… who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.”
Among novel writers, I’m anything but novel. (Sorry folks, I simply can’t resist a pun.) Many authors share similar stories of waking up early to write and going to bed late, after everyone else is asleep.
The other side of the equation is being prepared when the moment arrives, to have the notebook and pen ever ready, to carry the tablet everywhere. People have even written entire books on their smart phones!
Re-purpose, be intentional, prioritize, and be ready. Never give up! Pursue your dreams in the edges of life.
About the Author
Kathrese McKee Texas author, Kathrese McKee, writes epic adventures for young adults and anyone else who enjoys pirates and princesses combined with life’s difficult questions. She is committed to exciting stories, appropriate content, and quality craftsmanship.
Mardan’s Mark is the award-winning first book in the Mardan’s Mark series.
Once upon a time, Kathrese worked as a systems engineer for EDS and various oil and gas companies. Then, she taught Reading and ESL at the middle school level. These days, she writes fantasy novels, edits fiction, home schools her children, and turns a blind eye to the feral dust bunnies lurking beneath her desk.
Connect with Kathrese at kathresemckee.com
Book & Giveaway!
Srilani is second in line to the throne, and she’s always known what is expected of a princess — bring honor to her family and marry well. Aldan has been a pirate’s slave for as long as he can remember, and all he wants is to be free. After pirates abduct Srilani and her siblings, they are stranded behind enemy lines. Srilani convinces Aldan and his two fellow slaves to help her bring her father’s heir home. These unlikely allies – seven young captives – must survive a perilous journey and escape pirates, soldiers, and priests before war breaks out.
Available on Amazon.