Hustle and Roll

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If we check out the definition of hustle on the urban dictionary, we’ll find the slang term can mean, “make money, usually in a slightly shady way” or “making money in any way you can”.

In my view, hustle means working hard and doing what I have to so my dreams come true. (Of course, all legal activities. Wink.)

All of the best stuff in life costs something. Everything I’ve truly cared about involving my goals, organizing an event, graduating from college, and now writing a paranormal romance series, has cost me some blood, sweat, and tears.


Blood is the passion I feel for the stories I write. If I’m going to stick to something, to make it happen, I’ve got to feel passionate about it. There’s no sense in working hard on a goal that doesn’t bring fire to my bones and to my life. I love writing paranormal romance books and sharing them with others.

I can’t wait to finish the first four of my vampire romances so I can begin to publish them!


Sweat is all about hard work and discipline. No one forces me to put butt-in-chair to progress, so I have to make myself do it.

Sometimes my head hurts, I don’t feel inspired, I’m tired because my infant son wakes me up all the time, but I keep working because I’ve always loved writing and making up stories, and because I’ve always dreamed of being a published author. Discipline is doing something when I don’t want to but know I have to. It’s the real marrow of hustling–staying up late when I don’t feel like it and squeezing in writing sessions when my hubbie watches my little cutie.

Like they say in the 70’s song, do the hustle, and in my interpretation, Keep on keeping on!


Tears is when I feel sad because I doubt what I’m doing. There have been days when I contemplated giving up because I don’t have anything published yet, I think, am I good enough, and I wonder if it’s worth it. But of course it’s worth it!

I ask myself how I would feel if I didn’t give it a shot. If I don’t at least try, I’ll always regret it, and wonder what would have happened….

SO that’s a NO on giving up!


On to the roll part. What do I mean by roll? I mean let’s roll with it! It’s about staying flexible, changing strategies, rolling with life circumstances so that obstacles don’t stop us. For example, I used to go out to a cafe and write every Sunday. How I relished those hours alone and the progress I made!

But now I have a lovely five month old son and am his primary care taker, so that’s not possible at the moment. So I roll with what is, find the spots in my day when writing is possible and make it happen if too many days go by when writing hasn’t happened.

The funny part is, I thought I wouldn’t get much done, but in fact, rolling with my obstacles has helped me complete even more work. I use my obstacles to inspire myself to try harder.

Other authors told me it could happen and I didn’t believe them, but now I see the proof in my own life.

I know, I make it sound easy. But it’s not. It’s one of my life philosophies on how to stay positive while getting stuff done!

Whenever I feel tired, doubtful, or weak, I perk myself up with Hustle and Roll!

That and a tasty mocha. If you enjoyed this post, please read my blog on PAG, personal adventure guide, or the one about not giving up on our writing or other dreams here, .

If you love paranormal romance, my upcoming series, the House of the Black Swan, features vampires. If my novels sound interesting to you, please sign up for my newsletter, Scarlett West’s Pulse, so you can be the first to know when they will be released! Also, always feel free to swing by Facebook and Twitter and say hello.
Thanks for reading,
Warm Regards,
Scarlett West

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