In the movie , can’t think of the name right now, Whoopie Goldberg said, “If all you can think about is singing, you are supposed to be a singer”, or something to that effect anyway- well all I can think about is becoming a writer. So I write.
And after 27 books in print I think I can call myself an author. People often ask me where do I get my ideas? I tell them from everyday life around me. The other day I pulled into the parking lot of the school my grandchildren attend and I got an idea for a new book. I wasn’t looking for it but it found me anyway.
AT the time I was knee deep in edits and currently working on another book. Well I finished the edits and still working on the other book but the new idea wouldn’t leave me alone. Taking a few minutes here and there I’ve managed to almost complete the outline.
Being a writer is more than a full time job and for those lucky enough to be able to write you know what I’m talking about. Creativity isn’t a nine to five type of job, you have to work long and hard at your craft and when you finally type those sacred words- The End- you know you’ve done yourself proud.
Another question I’m often asked, What advice would you give new writers hoping to break into the field of publication?- Follow your dream, never give up. If someone rips your book apart- don’t fret first see if what they said about it is true, if there is room for improvement, improve it. Maybe they saw something in your work that could be better if it was done another way. But in the end remember it is YOUR work, you have to be happy with it.