Totally Free versus Tunnel Vision

Neto Lexan and the Impox Secret was my first book love that I wrote in the early 2000’s. I loved it, nurtured it, stayed up late with it, wrote and rewrote it countless times. I worked on that baby for eight years. Yes, there were times I walked away from it only to feel it pulling at my heartstrings and beckoning me to come back. I was under its spell. Blinded by love, I put all my energy into making it work. Looking back I have to laugh. If it could have gotten a restraining order against me it would have. I spent so much time fussing over it that I found myself losing sight of why I started writing in the first place. There were times I had reworked it so many times that I didn’t even recognize it.
Writing Prodigal (The Lost Imperials Series #2) changed the way I write. I was flooded with ideas for different books that didn’t want to forget. I started writing multiple books at once. I was no longer fully consumed with my current WIP. I found balance.
This month’s topic is “What’s New.” What’s new with me is the way I write and it has been the most liberating thing for me. I currently have five projects going right now and I feel less pressure, than I did with a singular project. I’m working on a YA/sci-fi novel, two YA/dystopian novels, a steampunk novel, and a semi-fact based book that’s been dear to my heart. What I’ve learned is that if something isn’t going to work out, it’s ok. Get the outline done, save it, and move on. Maybe it will work in a few month or years, maybe it will never work. But do not, under any circumstances, obsess for eight years. Be prolific and get it out so you can free yourself.

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About tylerhjolley

I was born in the era of the Star Wars and the Indiana Jones sagas. I’ve been enamored with science fiction and adventure stories ever since. In order to support my hobby of writing I decided to pursue dentistry. I graduated from Nova Southeastern University School of Dental Medicine in 2002. I then completed a four year orthodontic and periodontic residency at the University of Pennsylvania. In June 2006, I opened a private practice, Jolley Smiles, in Grand Junction, Colorado. I now have a total of four offices located in Grand Junction, Fruita, Montrose and Delta. Snowboarding, mountain biking, road biking, fly fishing, bird hunting, camping, hiking, and backpacking are the things I enjoy doing with my family. I also enjoy lecturing internationally on temporary orthodontic implants. Some of my journal articles have also been published in the Journal of Clinical Orthodontics. However, my true passion has always been fiction writing. When life gets stressful I escapes to unseen worlds to find relaxation. My career has been the vehicle to let me write without worry. I find inspiration from most of my adolescent patients. I continue to dream up fun and thrilling books to this day.

4 thoughts on “Totally Free versus Tunnel Vision

  1. Congrats on all the new projects!! I think it’s important to mix up the writing process sometimes just to see what happens, I’ve tried things that haven’t worked and things that have, but I think it’s all good time spent because it forces me to really think about HOW I create. And when you find something that works it’s really, really rewarding! -J

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