I can’t think of what to write!

9 Oct

How many times have I heard this from the attendees at a workshop or class that I was speaking to? More times than I can count, that’s for sure!  Once upon a time, young writers were told to ‘write what you know’ – never mind the fact that most of us didn’t know anything at all, at least not at that time! Or at least we didn’t know anything that anyone else would care to read about!

 Now, however, It’s just more important to get started on something, even if it’s not what you’re hoping will be the finished product. “Nothing happens until someone writes something!”  is one of my favorite sayings, and it’s true!  Actors on stage or in movies are frequently credited with having said something funny or perceptive or loving – when really, it was the writer who put the words on paper, not the actor!

 From a young age, I only knew I wanted to write. But what? That was the biggie question, and held onto that status for a good many years.  The next piece of advice was ‘write what you’d like to read.’ Oh, sure. I loved the stories of Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers and lots of other female writers of mystery novels. But I could never figure out whodunit or why, so that wasn’t much help.

(Now that I’m older and know some mystery writers, they sometimes say they didn’t know whodunit either until the very last pages of the book!) Oh, right. If the author doesn’t even know, how in the world was I supposed to be able to figure it out? So, I put my writing on hold for a while. For a long while! 

But then, I decided to write a book, only it ended up being a play instead. Well, that was okay – at least I’d finished something! There’s a lot to be said for finishing something – trust me on that.  So while I was busy trying to figure out what to do with the play I’d written, I was still reading a lot, and about a year later, an idea for a book popped into my head. Hmm, I thought. I dutifully made notes so I wouldn’t forget, and that night I dreamed about it. Well, that was strange – for me, that is. I know authors who dream  an entire book, then just sit down and write it. Not me.

But still I made more notes, and after it happened the third time, I began to wonder if I was getting secret messages from Mars, or was it finally my time to write? YES! It was. Three weeks after I started it, there was BERTIE’S GOLDEN TREASURE! It was a novel set during the British Regency period, and I was so proud of it! But what to do with it? That wasn’t so easy, but eventually I found my way to Romance Writers of America, and twenty years later, it was published!

Of course, by the time Bertie saw daylight, I’d written several other books, two of which had been published in the early 1990s. Seeing your book in print never gets old. So, that’s why this blog post is a day late. (Sorry!) I’ve been busy doing what a writer/editor should be doing – writing and editing. I’m happy to say that WINDSONG is now available as a Kindle http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FN1USEE  The cover is a tad cock-eyed, but that’ll be fixed soon, as both regular and large-print versions will also be available soon through CreateSpace.

And I’ve had an enjoyable time of working with a long-time friend to get her book ready for the world. Her Kindle version will be up first, followed by regular and large-print editions, as well!  It’s exciting – and fun!

Even if you’ve never thought of writing your own book – you might find it’s a really fun thing to do. And you’re the only one who can do it!  So – what are you waiting for?

If you have questions or comments, please do send them along.  BookmechanicATgmail.com 

Cheers! 

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