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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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“Comedy keeps the heart sweet.”  ~~ Mark Twain

In two days we will celebrate one holiday set aside for love, for lovers and for all the goodies we can buy to celebrate these things. I adore holidays, Valentine’s Day included! So what do I want for this wonderful day? A sweet bouquet? I’d love one, right here next to me at my desk. A card? Sure, who doesn’t love reading sweet verse about how loved you are? A gift? Not an expensive one, but gifts are, again, always appreciated.

I don’t really need those things….I would just appreciate a happy thought, a good chuckle, a few smiles during the day.

So for those of you who cannot afford or don’t want to give the usual candy or flowers or cards….give your loved one some of your time. Share some happy memories, share drams of your future, share some smiles, some laughter. Share what matters most, time together.

But, if you want to give a card, that bouquet of flowers, that cute lingerie you found at the mall go ahead! Just remember to throw in some quality time together, that is the thing she (or he) will remember most!

A Happy Valentine’s Day to you all,

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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The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward.   ~~~   Amelia Earhart

One of my favorite females of fairly recent history is Amelia Earhart. Her willingness to chart new territories, to become the first woman to pursue dreams often given over to male counterparts…her self confidence is amazing. I often daydream and wonder what life she had, if any, on the island many now believe she lived for a short while. I could romanticize it as an adventure of a sort I couldn’t imagine or fear she lived in hunger and fear.

Whatever her final moments may have been, she gave many courage to go where women had not gone before,

KW

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The secret of getting ahead is getting started.   ~~~   Mark Twain

Such a great quote from one of my favorite authors. I can remember being intrigued with Tom Sawyer and his little boy charm. His character made me think truly that must have been like the life my father had led once upon a time!

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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