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The hardest thing about being a writer is ...
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Last edited: Friday, April 06, 2012
Posted: Monday, May 21, 2007

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Why there is a love/hate to it.

Hi friends. I have always wanted to be a writer ever since I heard the Beatles' song, "Paperback Writer". Actually I wrote little poems for my mother every mother's day and sometimes I wrote one for her birthday. I loved those motherly hugs I got after she would read them . They were not the best rhymes nor were they the best grammatically either. I would like this feeling of appreciation my writng inspired. Later on in life I would try other forms of writing essays, plays,makeshift screenplays(Atleast I thought they were.)and even song lyrics. All of which I just kept to myself. Some got lost over the years and some were put in a cardboard box under my bed. When I moved out of the house and got my first job,I still had that old cardboard box but I started a journal . I would jot down what I could remember people saying to each other at coffee break and at lunch. Bits and pieces of sentences I would over hear riding the bus back to my little quiet apartment. Like the two little old ladies who were discussing "how rude the younger generation was these days." Or the young girls talking about their favorite brand of make up and that they "just have to buy that for the party". Anyway, I ended up married and middle aged before I took writing seriously. I have always known deep down inside of me that I would be a writer. Eventually I wrote a novella ctitled "Tag...You're Dead" and a children's book titled, "A Martian's Dream of Christmas" both published by Publish America. They are available mostly on line from the publisher and or from the many other places on the net like etc. The writing (although, not exactly easy) was alot easier than what I've been doing the last several months,promoting them. I am on about a hlf dozen blog sites not including this one, and I have talked up a storm about my books to almost everyone I meet In my day to day life. I have printed cards with the titles of my books and were they are available. I even advertised by placing a placard on my sons car. I have just to get some interviews and that may help. other than that I don't know what else to do but hope and pray people would by them. So until I get more of a track record I will keep on writing. If not novels, at least articles. All this while recieving rejection slips and excuses from agents to publishers. I do know that rejection has happened to the best of writers so I will not give up. This is my job. Another "job' that is the writer's is proof reading. I find this one of the most tedious of all jobs a writer must do. Checking and double checking the type for typos and incorrect syntax. My eyes get very sore not to mention, I eventually get bored with my own writing. But, it is worth doing. It can save a lot of heartache later when your book is sent out into the wide, wide, world to be read and hopefully, appreciated. The other thing I have learned is that sometimes typos get missed. After all, writing today is a collaborative effort that includes editors,and staff proof readers and type-setters etcetera. So at least find out if it is a good, well told story. That is what a novelist's main job is.

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Reviewed by Margena Holmes 11/12/2011
I can really relate to this. I'm writing articles, too, while waiting for books to sell. I love Paperback Writer by the Beatles! I used it to try out for Varsity Flag in HS, and I sing it a lot for karaoke. I can relate to that song, too!
Reviewed by Lois Christensen 6/4/2008
Read this and felt for you. Keep writing and don't give up. I can relate to your writes very well.
Reviewed by Jean Strickland 9/27/2007
I know the feeling. But I also know that sometimes when we pray, God's answer is, "Wait"! Good luck, Jean
Reviewed by Frances Lynn 5/21/2007
Good luck. And rejection is part of a writer's life - so just continue churning the stuff out!
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