I’ve got sunshine on a cloudy day
When it’s cold outside
I’ve got the month of May
I guess you say
What can make me feel this way?
Talking ‘bout my girl
That song is a classic. It’s over forty years old. Imagine hearing that being played and knowing you wrote those lyrics. Imagine that feeling.
That’s what we want to do with our stories. We want to create something that will transport people to another world, a world of our creation, a story which will stand the test of time.
I was searching for a career which would allow me to stay home and still earn a living while I raised my beautiful son, Adam. I remembered instructors telling me I had a gift for creating imaginative stories. That’s when I had a brainstorm. I’d write a book. It was as easy as that. I had a plan.
You might be shocked when I tell you everything didn’t go according to my calculations. By the time I finished that first book, Adam had two younger brothers, and was a few years from entering junior high. After the amount of time spent working on that first novel, I would like to say the book was incredible. It’s too bad I can’t.
The second book only took me three years to write. I’d found Romance Writers of America and the local chapter. There was a lot to learn and I was an eager pupil. The second book was better, but… I still had much to learn. I’ve improved my craft with each book. I have learned about point of view, plotting, characterization…
I’m still plugging away, getting better with each attempt.
It’s been years since I started down this path. Why do I keep at it? I believe I have stories to tell. As long as I have stories swirling in my head, I will continue to write.
I am curious.
What started you on this writer’s journey? Now that you’ve been on this path, it there anything you’d do differently?