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Guest Blogger: Taige Crenshaw
Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

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Because I love it
By Taige Crenshaw

A conversation that I’ve had a few times in the past and more recently got me to thinking. A lot of blood, sweat, time, sleepless nights and tears go into anything that you love. Whether it is sewing that fabulous outfit, painting a picture, crocheting a throw or any other number of things you do. With each it takes all of what I mentioned above on my your to get to that finished point. It is the same with being a writer. Let me break it down.

Blood – I’ve typed so hard that I’ve left blood on the keyboard or gotten paper cuts while reading through pages of my manuscript. Hey paper cuts hurt something awful. (grin). I put my figurative blood into each book I write. My heart and soul are on each page.

Sweat – I’ve broken into lots of sweat as I pounded away at the keyboard trying to get a scene just right. Talked with a reader which I love to do. Since I am shy this is the hardest for me. Hush those who know me that are laughing. I am shy, just not with those I know and am comfortable with. But I digress. I’ve sweated about a variety of things. Waiting anxiously to hear back on a submission. Edits for my book. Opened a review of my book.

Time – The amount of time spent with writing the book, doing self editing, then again self editing, crit partner editing, your editing again and then off to publisher who you will have to wait for a response. And if you get that all lovely response of “yes” then even more waiting to get to the process. When in the process even more waiting to get through the process. Then after process even more waiting to actual release. Then release then more waiting to see what people think. Whew I am tired of even imagining the time. Yet each moment is worth it. So worth it all.

Sleepless night – The idea in your brain that will not understand that you are sleeping that forces you out of bed in search of paper to write it down. The book you are writing that will not let you rest until that last scene is just so or that last word is complete. The excitement of a new project. The wait for the submission that you sent. Or waiting for a note/call from your editor on something.

Tears – Oh the tears I have cried as I write a scene in a book or read a letter from a reader who actually got the story as intended. The awesome review that said that one phrase that made you smile that the story did as you intended it to do. The bad review that even though they didn’t like the story there was something constructive in it that you took away for future reference. The tears of completion that you finished the story and it was written to the best you could get it. The tears of relief for the contract that you went after or publisher you wanted that story to be with. The tears of making hard choices that will be best for your career.

I could go on and on with a list of what all the things above mean in correlation to writing. I’ve been asked many times why do I write. My quick response is “it’s in my blood, soul and heart”. The more complex one is “because the blood, sweat, time, sleepless nights and tears go into it because I love it.” I get lots of confused looks when I give the complex one so I usually give the simple explanation. With the complex response I’ve never tried to articulate what I meant until now. There are so many layers to it all. So much to say. If you think about it all those points cover many things you do in your life. I have many creative outlets that I pursue. I draw, love to sew, do crafts and cook. Each are things I love and that I want to be my best at.

No matter what you are pursuing. The things that you put your heart into – that you bleed for – figuratively and in reality. The things that bring you closer to people you would never have expected to have anything in common with. Things that may, take time away from family and friends. What you sweat over because you want it to be you upmost best and create a reaction – good or bad. The nights you cannot sleep because your thoughts are consumed with whatever project you are working on. Or the wonder when it is seen by the world and how will they react. The tears you shed to get there, between going there and as you get there. Each tear has a purpose to make you go forward. They each make you learn and grow.

In each thing you do that involves blood, sweat, time, sleepless nights and tears none of it matters because it all boils down to one thing. You do it because you love it.

CONTEST: One commenter will win a chance to choose one pdf download of any one book from my available e-book backlist.

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Taige Crenshaw is a multi-published author with books available at Ellora’s Cave Publishing, Liquid Silver Books, Loose Id, and Total-E-Bound. Taige has been enthralled with the written word from time she picked up her first book. It wasn’t long before she started to make up her own tales of romance. With novels set in today, in alternate dimensions, or in the future she writes with adventure, fun sassy heroine’s, and sexy hero’s. Always hard at work creating new and exciting places Taige can be found curled up with a hot novel with exciting characters when she is not creating her own. Join her in the fun, frolic, interesting people and far reaches of the world in her novels. You can find out more about Taige at her website: http://www.taigecrenshaw.com or blog: http://www.taigecrenshaw.com/blog.

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16 comments to “Guest Blogger: Taige Crenshaw”

  1. Lisa J
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      · October 13th, 2010 at 8:16 am · Link

    You are so correct about loving what you do. I also feel a bit of pride about being good at what I do helps me do my best at my job.



  2. Tawania Etheridge
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      · October 13th, 2010 at 8:41 am · Link

    I agree too, what’s the point of doing something you don’t love? I know it happens in this world, but if you have a choice always choose to do what you love. I love what I do, and I’m passionate about it. I’m glad you are too :) I’m wishing you much success on everything.



  3. Rasha
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      · October 13th, 2010 at 10:22 am · Link

    I guess loving something makes it all worth while. Everything takes time and effort but if you love what you do, everything becomes fine in the end. Thanks for sharing Taige and thank you for hosting DD.



  4. Brandy Blake
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      · October 13th, 2010 at 12:57 pm · Link

    It just shows how much you put into your work and how hard it really is :)

    -Brandy
    brandyzbooks@yahoo.com



  5. sue brandes
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      · October 13th, 2010 at 1:14 pm · Link

    That’s a hot book cover. You are a new author to me. Glad you are doing what you love.



  6. Tracie
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      · October 13th, 2010 at 1:31 pm · Link

    I really enjoyed reading your blog and loved the way you explained your passion for your art. Good luck and happy writing!



  7. Estella
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      · October 13th, 2010 at 2:25 pm · Link

    Loved your post!
    Glad you are doing what you love.



  8. Patricia K
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      · October 13th, 2010 at 3:36 pm · Link

    You bring to the books a way that helps us see the characters.
    You had to be great in English Class.

    horseunicornkey@aol.com



  9. Tracey D
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      · October 13th, 2010 at 3:48 pm · Link

    I’m sure many folks do not realize how much work, devotion, and love goes into a book. I’m glad you love what you do because I love your works!

    Thanks.



  10. Sherry S.
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      · October 13th, 2010 at 5:08 pm · Link

    I think it’s great that you love what you do so much because I know from experience that when you don’t love your job or what your doing it makes for a long day. I love your books they are so good and you can tell how much you enjoy what you do.



  11. Diane Sadler
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      · October 13th, 2010 at 5:29 pm · Link

    It’s better to being something you love than to be bored to tears or fed up. So keep doing what you’re doing and stay happy.



  12. Kelly Thrash
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      · October 13th, 2010 at 6:04 pm · Link

    It’s always nice to be able to do something you love. :) I’ve had many sleepless nights from reading all of these great books! :)

    Kelly Thrash
    kittykelly28@hotmail.com



  13. loretta
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      · October 13th, 2010 at 9:07 pm · Link

    If you love what you do it make the worst job enjoyable.

    loretta
    lbcanton@verizon.net



  14. Valerie
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      · October 14th, 2010 at 7:59 am · Link

    It’s great to do what you love.

    I am also fortunate to be able to do what what I love and am also able to keep up with my hobbies too.

    Valerie
    in Germany



  15. Taige Crenshaw
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      · October 14th, 2010 at 7:44 pm · Link

    Sorry I didn’t get to reply yesterday had computer problems.

    Lisa J – Very true loving it and working to being good at it all equals pride.

    Tawania – Exactly. Loving what you do makes it all worth the while. I wish you much success and you keep loving what you do too.

    Rasha – Yes loving it makes it all worth it.

    Brandy – Yes I put lots into it. I love it.

    Sue – Thanks for coming by. And yep hot cover.

    Tracie – Glad you enjoyed the blog. Thanks for the luck.

    Estella – Glad you loved it. And I am very happy to do what I love to.

    Patricia – Thanks. That is what I strive for. And I had a great time in English class. It was my favorite class.

    Tracey D – Thank, glad you love my works.

    Sherry S. – Oh yes. When you don’t do what you love it seems like an endless day and you don’t do it well. Thanks for loving my books.

    Diane – Yes it is better so much better. I plan to keep doing what I am and stay happy.

    Kelly – Yes it is a nice feeling. And I have had many sleepless night too. I love reading and if the book is good bed is a far distant thought until I am done.

    Loretta – Yes it does. Loving it changes the job no matter what it is.

    Valerie – Yes it is. Glad you do what you love too. And hobbies are a wonderful thing to do. I love to sew, read and crochet. Love lots of creative pursuits.



  16. Taige Crenshaw
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      · October 14th, 2010 at 8:05 pm · Link

    Thanks for coming by everyone and sharing with me.

    Winner of my contest is Tawania Etheridge. Please go here to contact me with your prize choice – http://taigecrenshaw.com/contact.shtml.

    Please note you must use same email address used to comment here when contacting me and that you have from today to 7 days maximum to claim your prize.



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