In the Beginning…

Posted By on January 18, 2017

As I’ve said before, in order for me to get back into writing, I need to go back to the beginning. Today, I did just that. I went to my local library and picked up the 2017 Writer’s Market. I was pretty excited to see that it was there as our library isn’t a large place,  but they impressed me today.

When I first decided that writing was what I really wanted to do, I didn’t know where to turn. That was before there was a computer in every home. We didn’t get our first computer until like 1996 or 97. And then it was only a WebTV. Remember that?

So, before that, I turned to The Writer’s Market for guidance. I sent a lot of submissions out in the mail, and I got a lot of rejections in return. But I learned a lot in those first couple of years. Now keep in mind, I haven’t used this guide in a very long time. I’m not so sure I remember how or where to start. But as before, I’ll figure it out.

I also picked up a book called “How To Write Anything–A Complete Guide” by Laura Brown. Never heard of it, but there looks to be a lot of information in there. I’m sure there’s something in there that will help me get to the next step.

I often wonder if it’s too late for me. I’m looking 50 in the face and it makes me a little nervous. Then I found this article about about just that topic. “Is It Too Late To Be A Writer?”  by James Altucher. It’s about Louis L’Amour and the the road he had to travel in becoming one of the most prolific authors of all time.  I bow to the master.

I told a friend of mine today, that if she’s really serious about it, go for it. One of the ladies I work with at my real world job, likes to write also. And being 20 years younger than me, I know she’s in her prime and could take her dream to the next level. Now I just have to remind myself of the same thing.

I can do it. I am a writer.

Creating My First Draft

Posted By on January 8, 2017

So, I did a post a few days ago about coming up with an idea from a writing prompt. I’ve working on the first draft/outline. I put it that way because that’s kind of where I’m at in the process. I’ve got all these weird ideas coming out of thin air and I’m not sure where to go with any of them, so I’m just getting them down, I’ll figure out how to arrange them later.

I can’t believe I’ve gotten so much coming from a simple writing prompt, and it wasn’t even a serious one. It was kind of silly, but it’s brought out stuff in me that hasn’t been released in a very long time. It just goes to show that even the strangest of ideas can spark something in the right person.

The oddest part of the whole thing is that the more I write, the more it looks like I could come up with an entire series of stories from this one idea. I don’t know about entire books, but several short stories. I love writing short stories. I think it’s because I have the attention span of a squirrel.

For anyone who’s actually reading this post, don’t walk away from an idea you think won’t do much for you. It could actually be the one you’ve been waiting for. Don’t just read a prompt, feel it. Let it sink in for a few minutes then see if it moves you. Never take anything for granted, you never know when that miracle will be waiting for you just around the corner.

Baby It’s Cold Out There

Posted By on January 6, 2017

Yes my little friends, it’s colder than a well diggers backside out there. I am NOT a cold weather person, and yet I live right smack dab in the middle of the country and when it gets cold, it gets horribly cold. Last night it got down to -27*. And the high today? 9*F. Brrrrrr.

I’m a firm believer that the temperature should be at least as high as I am old…48. That being said, I’m not a fan of extreme heat, but warm is always better than cold. And I don’t understand how people can live in areas that are cold throughout most of the year. Boggles my mind.

So why don’t I move to a warmer climate? Well other than the fact that I can’t afford it and all my roots lie here, some of the warmer climates come with issues of their own. California has Earthquakes, no thanks. The South-East has hurricanes. Umm, no. A nice island in the Mediterrainian? Sorry, allergic to volcanos.

So I guess I’ll just continue to live where I am, deal with jacked-up winters, and a few blistering summers. We do have to deal with tornadoes from time to time, but at least you can see them coming…usually. So you’ll have to excuse me now. I have to go pile on a few more layers to get warm. They say there’s only 6 more Mondays until Spring. I’ve never been so happy to see a Monday show up in my life. 🙂

Writing, Writing, Writing

Posted By on January 2, 2017

It’s been a long time since I’ve felt this good about my writing. As I said in my last post, I found a writing prompt that got me to writing again. And boy howdy did it work. I put down more than 5000 words by the time I finally went to bed. I worked so much on writing last night that I completely killed  the battery in my Kindle.

I promised myself that I’d do this one day at a time and that’s just what I’m doing. I even found some of my old notebooks and kept writing after having to plug the Kindle in. Once the pen started moving, I couldn’t stop. It was incredible. I haven’t done that in over 5 years. I went back to where it all started 25 years ago. Hopefully it won’t take me that long to get back into my groove, but I have to keep going, step by step.

I’m having the time of my life as I continue to work toward my writing goals. I’m living proof that anything is possible. I’m not where I want to be yet, but I’m getting there.

Happy New Year 2017

Posted By on January 1, 2017

This is starting out to be a very good day—year. I’ve been looking for inspiration to get me writing, and found it on Pinterest of all places. I just typed in “writing prompts” in the search space and up came all these little tidbits of ideas. I pinned a few of them, but there was one that really grabbed my attention.

It was posted by a lady named Joanne Sheperd from Promptuarium. I was so excited aboout this one prompt that I brought in the new year writing…long hand with pen and paper…and it was wonderful. It’s been a very long time since I was able to do that.

Thank you Joanne for posting such cool prompts and making it so easy to find something to get the year off “write”.