Monday, September 1, 2014

Creativity Vs. Business with Author Anna Steffl

Today I have Fantasy Author Anna Steffl here to discuss how she deals with creativity and business.
Author Anna Steffl
I hope one day you get to meet her at a book signing—she’s fabulous, with a brilliant sense of humor and laid back attitude (and her sister is just as cool). When I get the chance, I always try to have a cup of coffee or tea with her.

How do you keep your creativity strong while dealing with the business side of writing?
AS: When the business side involves revisions and rewrites, I’m fine. I have no aversions to those and get them in ahead of time. But promotion? It shrivels my brain. I’m finding I’m horrible at doing both writing and promo. I think I’m going to have to set aside certain days as promo days and others for writing because switching between the two makes me feel like I’ve taken one too many rides on the Tilt-a-Whirl.
MVF: Exactly—this is how I feel! And I’ve heard where writers do that—take different days for business and others for creativity.

When time is limited how do you find or carve out time to get things done?
AS: I walk and write with a couple other authors. We brainstorm as we walk, have writing times,  and critique. You don’t stiff your walking buddies—they know all the plot atrocities and laughable drafts you’ve committed.
MVF: Oh, I’m with you! Walking and brainstorming is fabulous—I think this could be something worth starting here. Once the heat of summer is gone....

 Everyone hits a block in writing or creating; how do you get through or solve it?
AS: I’m a believer in BORING RUTS. I’m most productive when I start the day with a walk or other exercise. Then, I do accounting work for two small businesses. After lunch, I like to park it and write for a couple hours before taking care of domestic duties. The rut was washed out by a flood of crazy life stuff, but I’m trying to get the wagon rolling again so I can get another book out by the end of the year. They say it takes 28 days to establish a habit, er, rut....
MVF: I like that—Boring ruts—I may copy this; my day job pattern is changing and this just might work. One word at a time.

Thank you for being here Anna!  If you haven’t seen her Solace Trilogy, I highly recommend it. It’s a story you can’t put down.
You can find Anna and more info about her books here:   Anna’s Website


  1. I loved this entire trilogy. I need to be more disciplined as well in creating a writing routine.

    1. Debbie--so do I! ;) Discipline and focus is something I think we all need to focus on.