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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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The frankest and freest product of the human mind and heart is a love letter; the writer gets his limitless freedom of statement and expression from his sense that no stranger is going to see what he is writing.

Mark Twain’s Autobiography, 1959 preface

Sometimes writing a book is like writing that love letter…write it as though no one is going to see it. Write what your characters truly feel and do not let worries of critique creep in. That can hinder a good book.

KW

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