Atlantis Quest by Gloria Craw

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You Don’t Need a Desk to be a Writer

If you developed powers of invisibly and came by my house on a writing day, you probably wouldn’t find what you expect. I don’t work in an office with bookshelf lined walls and a reading nook in the corner. I had an office like that once, and I avoided it like the plague. I blame it on a condition I call desk-a-phobia.

For years, I tried to get comfortable writing at a desk. I wanted to be creative, productive, and as efficient as possible. Articles and books suggested strict organization and schedule were the keys, so I bought pretty office organizers, big calendars, and too many planners to count. Unfortunately, I ended up less creative, less productive, and less efficient.
Disappointed in myself and in my office, I decided the problem was physical discomfort. I bought an ergonomic chair, a footstool, a floor heater and a little trickling water fountain for soothing background noise. Still, the problem persisted.

About a year ago, I realized something important. What the articles and books said worked for a lot of writers was never going to work for me. Sitting at a desk put me under pressure to produce, and I absolutely cannot be creative when I’m under pressure. After this grand moment of self-understanding, I stopped trying to force myself into someone else’s box.

If you, in your invisible state, came by to see me writing, I’d likely be sitting on the sofa with my laptop balanced precariously on one knee and a diet Pepsi on a coaster near my elbow. The soft melodious sound of Bach would not be playing in the background, as so many articles suggest it should. Instead, the TV would probably be on. I like to run through episodes of Bones while I work. I don’t pay attention to them, but the sound of conversation keeps me from feeling lonely.

Articles and books call my method messy and chaotic, but I don’t care anymore. I know it works for me.

Another box I stopped trying to fit myself into is a long work day. My most creative period is between 10:00AM and 1:00PM. I try hard to devote those three hours to writing. On a first draft, pushing myself longer than three hours is wasted effort. No matter how much I want to write, my creative juice is gone 180 minutes.

It’s different when I’m editing. Creativity can take a backseat as I focus on ordering, clarifying, and evening out the rough patches in my story. I switch into all or nothing mode, meaning I work for stretches of (hopefully) uninterrupted time. I usually need one week for the first two rounds of edits, and sometimes 36 hours and no sleep for the third. When I work fast, I remember the changes I’ve made, and I don’t repeat myself.

Once again, my method would be termed messy and chaotic, but I’m okay with that. I know it works for me and that’s what matters.

So my advice to you, my invisible friend, is figure yourself out. Get an understanding of what works best for you. There are a lot of great ideas floating around, but don’t try to fit yourself into someone else’s box. You don’t need a desk to be a writer.

 

Atlantis Rising
Atlantis Rising (Atlantis Rising #1) by Gloria Craw
Published January 6th, 2015
Published by Entangled Teen

You’ll never see me unless I want you to…

I am different. I have always been different, but no one can know or my life will be in danger. So I hide in plain sight, wearing drab clothes and thick glasses and trying to be invisible. I’m so good at hiding, no one has ever noticed me. Until Ian…the mysterious and oh-so-cute boy I know I need to avoid.

Now I have been seen. And more terrifying still, I am wanted—by those who would protect me and those who would destroy everything and everyone I love. But if they’re all terrified about who I am, wait until they see what I can do…

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Book Title: Atlantis Quest (Atlantis Rising, #2)
Author: Gloria Craw
Release Date: Mar. 1, 2016
Genre: YA Fantasy

Get ready for the exciting follow up to Atlantis Rising, dubbed An enchanting debut from a promising new author of paranormal YA by Kirkus Reviews.

After all they’d cost me, I thought I was done with the Truss clan. I was wrong. Nikki Dawning, my mortal enemy, has beenkidnapped, and I’ve been asked to spy on the Truss to find her. The pull between Ian and I has never been stronger, but he can’t help me this time. I have to rely on Theron, a bad-tempered cousin I didn’t know I had. To make matters worse, the people I trust have been keeping secrets.

I’m starting to feel like a weapon in a war I don’t understand. How far am I willing to go to protect the descendants of Atlantis and the common good when I’m not sure what the common good is anymore?

Only one thing is certain. If I’m the next Laurel clan chief, I can’t let myself be manipulated…by anyone.

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Enjoy an excerpt:

I stopped talking because Ian had stepped in front of me and slid his hand behind my neck. I knew what he was going to do. I also knew I should turn away, but I didn’t. I let him move closer, I didn’t look away when his eyes lingered on my lips, and I didn’t tell him to stop when his lips touched mine. Instead, I moved even nearer until there was no space between us. I reached up and ran my fingers through the golden-blond hair that curled up at his shirt collar.

About the Author:

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Gloria Craw grew up in the desert southwest, inspired every day by the wide skies and rich colors around her. She attended the University of Utah where she earned a degree in anthropology. These days, she lives in the ‘burbs’ just outside of Seattle, Washington, where she is the shepherd of a husband, four daughters, and a very hairy dog.

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