Featured Writer on Wellness: Christi Corbett

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on December 2, 2015 • views: 1213

Christi Corbett Headshot 2I would say the biggest challenge to being a writer for me is trying to avoid late night snacking.

I’m a night owl, so I write/work late into the night. When I’m done I tend to unwind in front of the television, catching up on shows I’ve saved on the DVR. Along with that I often indulge in snacks.

Recently I’ve begun trying to curb this habit, replacing snacks with something healthier, like a glass of ice-water.

The Benefits of an Actual Writing Desk

I used to write on a TV tray while sitting on our couch. It was unproductive because either I was chatting with my family or watching television.

Last weekend I finally got a desk! The difference in my productivity is amazing because I can totally focus on the task at hand, instead of what’s going on around me.

A picture of my new desk. It’s clean now because I’m between books, but once I get started on another book it will be covered with papers!

A picture of my new desk. It’s clean now because I’m between books, but once I get started on another book it will be covered with papers!

Writers Have to Be Away from Their Families for Hours on End

I would say the hardest part of being a writer is how it requires me to be away from my family for hours on end. I love my husband and our 10-year-old twins, and really enjoy spending time with them.

I always tend to put myself and my writing as a low priority, so I’m often writing late into the night or scrambling to make a deadline.

I made a giant change while writing my last book—making and sticking to a planned and well-thought out schedule. I was consistent about tracking my daily progress, and making adjustments as needed.

Creating and sticking to a writing schedule ended up being worth it because I turned in my last book two days before deadline!

The Darkest Moment: When the Book was Ready, Nobody Wanted It

It took me thirteen (yes, you read that right, THIRTEEN) years to go from “Hey, I’ve got a great idea for a book!” to signing a contract with my publisher.

Most of that time was spent writing and then revising the manuscript, and then when I finally knew it was ready no one wanted it. I collected over sixty rejections before finally finding a publisher!

Now, I’m proud to say, my little book that nobody wanted has since gone on to win the 2014 RONE Award for Best American Historical and a 2014 Laramie Award.

Holding the print version of my debut novel, "Along the Way Home," for the first time. I didn’t think I would cry, but as you can see, I barely had it out of the package before the tears began! My twins are the ones “helping” me unwrap the book.

Holding the print version of my debut novel, “Along the Way Home,” for the first time. I didn’t think I would cry, but as you can see, I barely had it out of the package before the tears began! My twins are the ones “helping” me unwrap the book.

Advice for a Young Writer: Never Ever EVER Give Up

Rejection is the worst. Knowing that someone out there took the time to read your book and then didn’t like it hurts. No matter what kind words they add to the bottom of the rejection email, rejection still stings. Every time.

Never ever EVER give up on your dreams. If you keep trying, keep learning your craft, and never give up, you will succeed!

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Christi Corbett, winner of the 2014 RONE Award for Best American Historical novel and a 2014 Laramie Award, lives in a small town in Oregon with her husband and their twin children. The home’s location holds a special place in her writing life; it stands just six hundred feet from the original Applegate Trail and the view from her back door is a hill travelers looked upon years ago as they explored the Oregon Territory and beyond.

For more information on Christi and her work, please see her website and Amazon author page, or connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.


AlongTheWayHome-ChristiCorbett-453x680Along the Way Home: Life on the Oregon Trail is a battle of wills between Kate, a pampered society woman, and Jake, her rugged trail guide.

Then tragedy strikes, stranding them a thousand miles from home and in the midst of a treacherous land the United States doesn’t yet own or govern.

Kate is left dependent upon the very man she despises and facing a choice—go back to everything she’s ever known or toward everything she’s ever wanted? Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Astraea Press.

tainteddreams_1600x2400-final2Tainted Dreams: Kate Davis arrived into Oregon City transformed from a pampered daughter of fortune into a determined woman with a plan—fulfill her father’s dream of starting a horse ranch in Oregon Territory.

She quickly discovers a harsh truth—even thousands of miles from home, on an unsettled land America doesn’t yet own or govern, gender still takes precedence over ability.

Refusing to be ruled once again by the stifling laws and societal norms she’d escaped by leaving Virginia, Kate begins creatively claiming what is rightfully hers. Until a visit to the land office changes everything. Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

a-mountain-mans-redemption-final-versionA Mountain Man’s Redemption: An aging fur trapper, on his way to turn in his last bundle of furs, discovers a battered woman and her infant son, on the run from their ruthless abuser.

Seventy miles of snow-capped mountains and windswept flatlands stand between them and safety—the woman’s aunt’s house.

Can he trust in his newfound faith to lead the way? Available at Amazon.

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  1. Shelley says:

    Great post ladies, I need to have an office re-jig and this has motivated me to get cracking. I love your photo and even I started to fill up just looking at your reaction! 😉

    • I must stress that I’d JUST gotten the desk so it still had that “bright and sparkly new clean” look to it. Now there’s a basket overflowing with stuff I need to do, a coffee mug half-filled with cold coffee, the remains of my breakfast, and of course a lot of research books since I’m starting my next book this week.

      Oh wow do I still remember how emotional it was to actually hold it in my hands! I thought I’d be all cool and calm, and ended up being the opposite 🙂

      Thanks for leaving a comment! (Writing is soooo solitary that I live for interactions!)

  2. Chere Hagopian says:

    Thank you, Christi! Congratulations on your award!! You are living proof that not giving up pays off.

    I have not tried an actual writing schedule. What a great idea! Probably less necessary for the naturally organized, but helpful for people like me!

    • Chere,

      Sometimes I know I’m going to be a slacker, so my daily schedule looks something like this 🙂

      Research photos for character features on IMDB

      Open manuscript, read at least five sentences.

      Listen to music in search for “book soundtrack” songs.

      So I’m not always striving for wordcount I do those types of days, and sometimes a full week of them 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!

  3. Thank you so much for featuring me here today!!!!