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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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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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“For one who reads, there is no limit to the number of lives that may be lived, for fiction, biography, and history offer an inexhaustible number of lives in many parts of the world, in all periods of time.”  Louis L’Amour

As writers we find ourselves immersed in the lives of our characters. At their beck and call, if you will.

For those who read (and write) historical novels, there is nothing like the discovery of the way it felt to live all those years ago…be it mid-twentieth century or the Stone Age.

For those reading (and writing)  contemporary novels it is the opportunity to walk in someone else’s shoes. A really great book allows the reader the ability to see life through the eyes of the main characters…a chance to become someone else for a while.

Yes, I write mostly fiction, but can you imagine the lives of great people who lived before us! Those who fought and lived and loved and died to shape the world we live in today.

In studying genealogy I’ve come in contact with it all. The thrill of times past, knowing how some of my ancestors lived through some famed eras. They brought their own history to America from Europe as settlers in a new land. Some were already living on American soil before the arrival of those new pilgrims. Many fought in the American Revolution, the Civil War, the War of 1812; and settled land that has remained in my family for generations. My ancestors had even lived in the time of King Arthur, and one or two had fought in the War of the Roses.

The Great Depression and the World Wars shaped the lived of more recent ancestors. In fact, those particular times had a great deal to do with how my parents and grandparents grew up. And now, sometimes as I write, I hear those details they relived in stories to me…becoming words on my paper. Perhaps, and I think this is a wonderful thing, my muse is my own history.

As one paragraph on wisegeek.com states, “Whether the muse is spiritual or a person of flesh and blood, it is true that the world of the arts is indebted to its muses. Without these inspirational people who have loved and encouraged the artist, a wealth of paintings and music would be missing from the world.”

I am positive this holds true for writers as well,

KW

 

 

 

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