Monday, July 7, 2014

Writing...What Does It Mean To You?

I've been studying the business of writing for seven years now. The only thing I have not experienced is the writer's convention. I know they are awesome, and I look forward to making one this year. I've even studied what to expect when I do attend one, and how to get the most out of it while I'm there.

I self-published my first novel because of the age of my father and wanting him to hold a book in his hand. He was so proud. However, I wanted more.  It wasn't satisfying to me to just self-publish. I've let the book sit there as it needed more editing.

Since then, I'm not only editing it, but having it critiqued and edited. Then, I'll finish polishing and start sending cover letters or querying the sale of my novel.

I now work as an editor and have come a long, long way since the day I decided I wanted to write and write seriously. I'm here to stay and will work until I die on all the aspects of this challenging business.  I've always been told if you have to work, work doing something you enjoy the most. I enjoy editing, writing, and reading.

I've also taken a course on writing short stories for magazines. This has been a very informative course, and has given me the self-confidence I have needed to press forward. "If you think you can, then you can," is a motto I was raised with.  Positive affirmation comes to you when you have done all you can to receive the outcome you are seeking.

I'm still not professionally published, but someday I will because I won't give up. As soon as I attend my first convention, I will be ready to proceed with my interviews and chance to query.

Some people become overnight successes while others take years to achieve the same goal, but the secret is setting the goal and never deviating from it. If writing is what you really want to do, then don't let anyone or anything stop you until you succeed.

Success comes to those who are willing to do all it takes, learn all it takes, and never stop until you reach your set goal. Are you willing to go the distance?

Sunday, March 16, 2014

What's Your Story

Anyone can put words on a computer or paper. Anyone can write. But, not just anyone can get what they've written published. Why?

There are so many people out there trying their hand at writing. We all want to publish a book?

Ask yourself. Are you willing to go the distance it takes to learn the art of writing? To polish and rewrite and accept rejection? Are you willing to throw it away and start over, if it wasn't an acceptable story? Are you willing to keep your day job, and keep trying?

Do you want to write no matter the costs? And it is expensive.

How far are you willing to go?

I would like to hear some stories from many of you, whether you are published, trying to get published, self-published, or just beginning.

I know there are a lot of writers/authors out there. So, please let me know what you've done that works, and maybe a little of what doesn't work. We all have a story. What's yours?