For Writers: Keep on Singing Your Song


Sharing this today for all my fellow writers out there, or for anyone who’s having a bad day.

Writing for publication is one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done, but it does come with a few crappy days here and there. This business can really be tough at times. Choosing to put your work out into the world and share the results of your creativity and passion with others is hard enough. Add in all the criticism, the submission (and rejection) process, the unending business decisions that always seem to greatly affect your career, the pressure to produce more and more, the need to make every book better than the last, the struggles of everyday life (family obligations and responsibilities, depression, grief, the seemingly unending horrible news in the world)… it can all be very draining on the creative process.

The list below includes some of the songs I listen to on those bad days. I love them for their lyrics, their message, or even just the beat that doesn’t let a bad mood linger. These songs make me smile and remind me to focus on what I love about writing and not what others have to say about the result. They also remind me that no matter what, I just need to keep on singing my song and always write for myself first and foremost. That is the only way I know to continue telling the stories I want to share with others.

So if you’re feeling those pressures building, hang in there. You’re not alone in how you feel. We all have those days at one time or another, and sometimes they seem to snowball into more than a single day. Just focus on why you love to write and keep on singing your song.

Sloan’s Pick-Me-Up Playlist

Don’t give up! Keep on singing your song and living your dream.

Release Party: Playlist for MORE THAN MOST (More Book 2)

More Than Most Release Party

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Here are a few of the songs that remind me of Richard, Matthew, and Luke and their journey in MORE THAN MOST. If you can’t see the embedded video for each song, you can click on the song title to view it on YouTube. I tried to link to the official video when available.

1) (Everything I Do) I Do It For You, Bryan Adams
This one is a great fit for Richard and his need to protect the people he loves.

2) Who You Love, John Mayer, Katy Perry
This one’s all Luke. And this video includes real-life couples, which I love.

3) All of Me, John Legend

4) Everything, Michael Bublé

5) A Few Honest Words, Ben Sollee
This song was written as an open letter to political leaders in the US, but it reminds me of what Richard expects from people.

6) How We Operate, Gomez
This one reminds me of a few moments in the book between Luke and Richard.

7) At Last, Etta James
This is the song Matthew is listening to when Richard comes home from his meeting and finds Matthew reading the box of letters.

8) What Makes You Beautiful, One Direction
Richard to Matthew.

9) Bound by Love, Gran Bel Fisher
The video is quite sad, but there’s just something about the lyrics that remind me of Richard’s journey in this book.

10) I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing, Aerosmith


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Video I Love: Fantastic Anti-bullying Performance

Bars & Melody is a duo of two young boys who sang for Britain’s Got Talent and blew the judges and the audience away with their song about bullying.

Since this video, they’ve signed a record deal and have a tour planned for this year.

If you haven’t seen their performance yet, definitely check it out. A wonderful message.

If you can’t see the embedded video above, you can also watch it on YouTube.

Video I Love: Handsome Man

I love how this video takes an everyday kind of moment and turns it into something special. Which is how life often goes. The most beautiful moments are usually never the ones I plan or see coming.

If the embedded video doesn’t play, you can also watch it on YouTube.

I SWEAR TO YOU Release Party: The Beauty in a Setting

I Swear To You by Sloan Parker Giveaway

Today’s winner of the I SWEAR TO YOU Release Party Giveaway is:
ginawa253. Congratulations!

This is a gorgeous video capturing the sights and sounds of the river not far from where I live. Even though I SWEAR TO YOU takes place on a lake, much of this video reminds me of where Mateo and Grady grew up and where they fell for each other.

If you don’t see the embedded video above, you can watch it here: The Maumee River

Remember, if you haven’t done so yet, enter my release party giveaway for a chance at one of this week’s giveaways of a $10 e-gift card to All Romance eBooks. If you’ve already entered, you’ll be included in all of this week’s giveaways until you win a prize or the party ends. You only need to enter once. Good luck!