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SAMSUNGHow long have you been a writer? Or have dreamed of becoming one?

How many of you pictured yourselves stretched on a chaise sofa, dictating your wonderful, flowery prose to an assistant as your editor phones with book promotion tour information, lots of money stacked in the corner or, better yet, your staff caring for your every whim as you release book after New York best seller book….

No, that is not the average life of a modern writer. And most likely not the life of a pre-modern writer. Unless you are the new Barbara Cartland…and even this picture is just too much to have been her every day normal life.

Writing is a solitary life. Very few writers have an assistant at their beck and call. Editors (seen only in old movies) usually do not do JUST YOUR BOOK, but edit hundreds of manuscripts every year.

We write. We query. We send proposals. Someday we could get a great contract deal or a following which allows for less querying and proposing….just more writing.

Writing is not a profession to enter into if you want instant fame, instant gratification or throngs of fans. Being J. K. Rowling is not something that happens every day. We can wish it, we can dream it….but write for yourself, to share your craft, to feel good about your gift and especially for those who read your work. The glory comes from knowing you have touched someone else’s life…and hopefully in a good way.

Sometimes I write curled on the sofa or sitting in the floor as my cats try to chase away my thoughts. Sometimes I go to my quiet office and allow my daydreams and characters to come to life. Sometimes I grit my teeth and stare at an empty page  or into that vast empty space where my imagination refuses to go. Sometimes I cannot type fast enough to catch all my thoughts.

Such is the life of an author. A writer. And wouldn’t you know, most of us absolutely love it…sharing those thoughts that capture our imagination and hoping they inhabit your thoughts as well…

KW

 

 

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spring-blossomsSometimes a writer will take a few days, a few weeks, even a few months to regroup and reestablish a goal.

I have been in this sort of mood for quite a while now and have decided it is time to re-emerge into the world of words.

Upkeep of a brand is hard, especially if one has no ‘brand’ that has one firmly established in a field. Am I a writer? An aspiring writer? Do blogs and websites count towards my goals? Gee, can I even write or am I just fishing for a vocation I’ve dreamed of having?

No one can tell me that answer but me. I do want to write and I have things I want to share. I have a vivid imagination and a love of books of all genres. I’ve planted myself in front of a typewriter, a word processor or a computer through the years to put my words on paper. I’ve produced chapters and chapters of words. Surprise! I am my own worst critic!

So, I am back at the keyboard and feeling renewed. Feeling productive and feeling happy. Happy, that is one thing I have always felt with books and with writing……and that is enough to spur me on to becoming published. Keep me in your thoughts….

It may be February, but this girl’s words are taking blossom!

Again,

KW

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Truth is such a rare thing, it is delightful to tell it.   ~~~   Emily Dickinson

Enjoy this writing day, friends! Spring is such an inspirational time to find that creativity inside you……let the words flow!

KW

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Today I am contemplating a complete change to my writing cave. This decision hits right in the middle of a writing session and at a crucial time in my writing…but it is something that I have come to realize is affecting my own creativity.

First, do you notice how I refer to my office as a cave? For years it was my escape, sort of a home away from home where I could go and let my mind wander to the worlds of my characters, my imagination would take flight and there would be words flowing onto my pages. As time passed, as I became more of a mom, a caregiver, a person who didn’t say “NO” when asked to get involved in other projects (although that is not a problem I usually have, I actually am hard to corner when it comes to group projects) but, for some reason, I often seemed to be the go-to person for other projects.

My office became a room filled with boxes, with things that ‘need to be done soon’, with insurance claims that needed to be filed or to be tracked, with family things that no longer fit within the confines of my home. It became a closet-hoarder’s home away from home. You know the type, my home may be fairly clean and pristine but open the door to my office and find my memories stacked in boxes, or in neat little piles (maybe some not so neat), or things that need to be done soon but are hiding away there until I can find the time (energy?) to tackle whatever else comes along.

BUT…..this affects my writing. I sit and stare at the blank page and the characters in my story seem to scream at me to get those insurance forms done so they can thrive! LOL, almost like they are trapped in their stories behind a fence built of forms and boxes which keeping them from escaping.

My major spring cleaning in my home has been done, the animals are fed and happy, the laundry and kitchen are clean and out-of-the-way. My cave…..needs the same attention. It is MY place and my characters place that I share with my beloved writing and it has been sorely neglected.

I promise myself now this will soon no longer be a cave, but a writing haven. A haven with lots of lightness and inspiration, a home for my happiness and my creativity. Wish me luck folks, I am actually looking forward to a newer space with inspiring colors and room to breathe. Heck, it may be hard to get me back into our den after I’m done.

This may not be such a bad idea, just more writing from me…..for you,

KW

Writing is love, a mission and a calling, and how and where and why you write are very crucial issues.   ~~  Lynn Sharon Schwartz

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Write freely and as rapidly as possible and throw the whole thing on paper. Never correct or rewrite until the whole thing is down. Rewrite in process is usually found to be an excuse for not going on. It also interferes with flow and rhythm which can only come from a kind of unconscious association with the material. ~~. John Steinbeck

It is the end of January already? Wow! And I have found the perfect quote for me… I am so guilty of rewriting as I write……. the main thing that gets me behind in my goals. Thank you, Mr. Steinbeck, for this is advice I need to post above my computer and heed!

Writing and aiming for those stars!

KW

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Don’t wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to work ~~. Pearl S. Buck

I love this quote. Very simply put… if you are going to write, then write. These last couple of years have been hard for me, wanting to keep my writing going and not having the ‘mood’ hit me… finding myself sitting on the sofa hours after saying I would write… then finding the mood just didn’t hit me. It isn’t and shouldn’t always be that way. Writing is a passion, yes, but for those of us who want to be authors, it is also a job of sorts. Nothing gets accomplished without actually sitting there before the computer or with a tablet or with pencil and paper…and writing.

Remember, this is the time I am making my biggest steps to achieve my goal! How about you?

KW

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If you want to be a writer, you must do two things about all others: read a lot and write a lot…reading is the creative center of a writer’s life…you cannot hope to sweep someone else away by the force of your writing until it has been done to you. ~~Stephen King

I grew up loving to read… and I read all sorts of books. Mysteries, romances, books too scary to read at night, you name it… I loved to read. I recall wanting to be Nancy Drew, to be the heroine in Victoria Holt’s novels or to complete the ending of Gone With The Wind. It was those thoughts and those ideas that began to transpire into a need to write.

Keep your creative processes going!

KW

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