Unpublished? So was I.
There’s something about Sunday mornings. That quiet hour before anyone else is up, with the sun shining and the first coffee of the day. This is my meditation time. My thinking and calming time. This is when I feel purposeful and energised and ready to DO STUFF.
This is also the time when I read articles and blog posts about the business of writing. I am constantly curious to learn how other people do it, how they got there, how they cope with deadlines and gnarly reviewers, how they celebrate publication and how they plot. It makes me feel like I am part of a family, and that’s important when you hold a permanent ‘table for one’ reservation at the writing desk.
So, what better time than a sunny Sunday morning to share this piece I wrote recently for Writer’s Digest: Advice to my Unpublished Self. It came from a place of reflection when I was thinking how different things would be now if I’d given up trying to get published, which I almost did in 2013.
For anyone who is frustrated, disillusioned, or feeling generally blah about their quest to write, I hope – if you read it – that it helps. If only a little.
Hazel Gaynor is the acclaimed New York Times, USA Today and internationally bestselling author of five novels. Her 2014 debut, THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME, won the 2015 RNA Historical Novel of the Year award and THE GIRL FROM THE SAVOY was shortlisted for the 2016 Irish Book Awards Popular Fiction Book of the Year. She was also selected as a WHSmith Fresh Talent title in 2015. In 2018, Hazel will release her sixth historical novel, THE LIGHTHOUSE KEEPER'S DAUGHTER, inspired by the true story of Victorian heroine, Grace Darling. Hazel's books have been translated into eight languages and are published in 15 countries to date. She lives in Ireland with her husband and two children and is represented by Michelle Brower of Aevitas Creative, New York. For more information, visit www.hazelgaynor.com