Monday, March 11, 2013

Shout out to all authors

There’s more than one way to skin a cat…or write a book for that matter.

There’s an old saying, at least in the south, “There’s more than one way to skin a cat.” Thankfully, that is of course, just another way of saying that there are multiple ways to accomplish the same goal.

During the writing/publishing process, I’ve had the honor of getting to know many authors. As a result, I’ve learned that we ALL do it differently. Some spend countless hours outlining their books from start to finish. While others, like me, have a general idea of where the book is going, but we basically write from the hip.

As with anything else, these two methods both have their ups and downs. For me it doesn’t get any better than “getting in the zone” and letting the characters do what they will. On the down side, sometimes they don’t do anything at all and I wind up sitting at my computer watching the cursor blink.

During these times, I do what all good writers do and I get on facebook or other social websites to see what’s going on in the world. Of course when I see fellow authors talking about how they reached their goal of writing 3,000, 5,000, or yes even 10,000 words in a single day I want to slam my head on the keyboard and rethink my method of writing.

Truth is, no matter how you do it, a career in writing can be both fulfilling and frustrating. So here’s to you all of my awesome and creative writing friends, *lifts glasses of chocolate milk to all* Whether you’re on a roll or staring at the evil mocking cursor, thank you for all that you do, after all I’m a reader too.

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