I’m Not An #Expert on Anything – I’m a #Writer – No Rules Required

For my blog stop, I’ve chosen a previous blog which I felt is timeless and that expresses who I am as a writer, completely. 

I hope you enjoy it!

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And that’s good enough for me.

I tell stories. I have a few awards so I suppose that means I don’t suck at writing. However, even with six novels and a novella to my credit, as well as hundreds of blog posts, I do not nor would I ever call myself an expert in anything. Nor would I dare to offer advice on the best way to do this or that, simply based on my own experience. I worked hard and I wrote from my heart, soul and gut. I was published. I went from being a writer to an author in the span of less than a year. How did I do it?

I wrote. I focused on my goals and did it my own way. That’s exactly how you should do it too; regardless of what your own way is. Just please, the only rule I stand by 100% is EDITING. If you are transitioning from writer to author and actually publishing a novel, pay someone to edit for you. Please, for all our sake’s.

Every situation is different. I’ve made mistakes but I’ve learned from each and every one; some bigger lessons than others. Regardless of what writing technique you use or formula you choose to follow, if you don’t approach that formula with a positive attitude and maintain the ground rules firmly at the heart of it with honesty and humility, you can really end up unhappy with the results of your work. Try it your own way first! Experiment! You may be creating a formula that only works for you and that’s perfect!

Every time I begin a new project that will hopefully evolve into a novel, my knees knock, my mouth waters, my heart races and hands tremble. That my friends is fear – fear I’ll write fifty thousand words and suddenly decide I’m unhappy with the story. Fear that my loyal readers will not like the behavior of my characters and even my main character. Fear that a beloved character may die a horrible death and my readers will wish the same for me…figuratively of course.

NEWS FLASH: Readers will love your story and readers will hate your story and it really has nothing to do with you. How they feel is about their own taste and that’s fine. 🙂 That’s how it should be! 

  • Do you outline your book?
  • What kind outline? Detailed or more like a guideline? 
  • Do you just let your characters lead the way and pray they aren’t taking you down the rabbit hole?

I would never presume to tell anyone what is right and what is wrong with how they approach a project. Doing what you are comfortable with and what you see as a plan and system you can live with and work well with is to me, far more important than following some text book guideline laid down by someone or someones who think they are the expert.

I’m not an expert on anything – I’m a writer. I ONLY want to be a writer when I write. I don’t want to offer you advice, let you cry on my shoulder and most importantly, I won’t tell you how you should do anything. My experience is mine. Go get yours. Don’t be be afraid to spread your wings and fly!

“On giving writers advice, offering “rules.” I’m asked a lot about this, and people bring great lists of rules for writers to the page all the time. What do I think? I can’t say it loud enough. There are NO RULES for all writers! And never let anyone tell you that there are. Writers are individuals; we each do it in our own way. Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you’re not a “real” writer because you don’t follow their rules! I can’t tell you how much harm was done to me early in life by others judging me in that way. I was told in college I wasn’t a “real” writer because I composed on a typewriter; I was condemned later on in damn near apocalyptic terms for “not writing every day.” “Real writers” are those who become “real writers.” That’s all there is to it. And again, we each do it in our own way. For me, stubbornness has been as important as any talent I might possess. I ultimately ignored the people who condemned me, ridiculed me and sought to discourage me. I laughed or cried over it in secret; and went right on writing what I wanted to write, the way I wanted to write it. I knew of no other way to become the writer of my dreams. If you want to be a writer, go for it. Critics are a dime a dozen, and people who would love to see you fail are everywhere. Just keep on going; keep doing what works for you. Keep believing in yourself.” ANNE RICE

I’d listen to this woman before I’d listen to anyone else. She’s 100% right.

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The Struggle Is Real – My Self Publishing Journey

With the assistance of my great author friend, Cristi Taijeron, as well as my former publisher, Ravenswood, I do believe my launch date for Demons & Pearls will be APRIL 14, 2015!

However, This journey is not without its struggles.

Demons & PearlsFortunately, my former publisher was kind enough to give me my templates from The Blue Diamond, which saved me a tremendous amount of work in formatting. Cristi has hung with me every step of the way as well with encouragement and guidance.

I have been very fortunate indeed to have had an excellent editor in Suzanne Hege and my own fine tooth comb provided me with a ZERO error grade in Createspace’s spell check.

Don’t ask me how many times I uploaded the file because I lost count. Always some little thing to drive you crazy but it is oh so worth it to get it right.

Now, because I definitely don’t want to sound like some big headed first timer, tonight I decided to proof the book one more time (which is most likely the 100th time) and guess what?

I FOUND A DAMN MISTAKE!!!

Yes! The struggle is oh so real! I had to laugh at myself though because I have had the week from hell stress wise with family things and I honestly thought I’d find way more than one big fat error so I was elated to only find this one.

The real struggle now is that I could fix it in a heartbeat and re-upload the file for the last and final time but…

I LEFT MY FLASH DRIVE AT WORK!

Thank goodness I still have a week!

I’m still looking for blog tour hosts as well so if you’d be interested in hosting me on your blog, please let me know!

Peace out!

 

Done! Done! Done! Hurray!

It’s done! It’s finally done!

Carlton Dance

My manuscript is complete!

Editing – COMPLETE!!!

I love all 99,500 words!!!

Book number three is off to the publisher!

What a journey it’s been and tomorrow (well today) we shall celebrate the completion of this little jewel!!!

Thank you all for following along with my progress!

Pre-Order yours tonight at Amazon.com!

The Blue Diamond

 

By the way…Amazon has my book in all the wrong categories. We’re hoping to have this fixed SOON. This book is not YA or teen and is definitely not 11-15 pages long.

The book should be listed as historical fiction/Romance/adventure !