Becoming a writer means being creative enough to find the time and the place in your life for writing.~ Heather Sellers
I think everyone has a story to tell. It’s just a matter of sitting down to do it. At least that’s what I tell myself whenever a blank page stares back at me expectantly, waiting for words to dance across the page and create the next (fill in the blank). I would love to see my name as a byline, contributor, whatever, but so far my name only graces checks written to the Boy’s school or to pay traffic tickets.
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. Benjamin Franklin
Just like every next phase in my life, I got a nudge that it was time to just do it. An author on Facebook, Mister Mann Frisby, announced a two hour workshop for those with a desire to write. About nine of us filled the room (I’m not going to say JACK about the fact that the room was a former nightclub that operated in a school on weekends), and spent over two hours asking questions, listening to each other and the word I despise, networking (I used to do that in my former life and after about the tenth function it got real old).
If there’s a book you really want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it. ~Toni Morrison
Without giving away the workshop, I can touch on a few key points. I look at a writer like a mother looks at it’s child. It’s difficult to see someone fiddling with your baby, Therefore, self publishing is a way to go for the newbie writer.
I love being a writer. What I can’t stand is the paperwork. ~Peter De Vries
Money, Money, Money is needed for the self publisher. This money goes to:
1. The Printer. Ebooks are popular, but there are a few of us who like to curl up with an actual book.
2. Editor. I can’t tell you how many times I have passed a book because it was poorly edited.
3. Typesetter. In addition to setting the book up for publishing, they sometimes catch stuff the editor doesn’t catch.
4. Graphic/Cover Designer. Again, first impressions are lasting impressions. If your cover is tacky, your book will stay in the store.
5. ISBN number, or the number that you can use to find on Amazon.com
6. US Copyright, So no one cribs your work
7. Publicity. You have to know your audience and get you hustle on!
Easy reading is damn hard writing. ~Nathaniel Hawthorne
One thing I balked at was the suggestion that I not read. Come again, I wanted to ask. I know that I have a tendency to copy the style of Nick Hornby, Diane McKinney-Whetsone, or Alice Hoffman, so I understand that. But no reading…at all. That’s like me giving up morning coffee, Newport’s and Judge Judy. I have to SERIOUSLY ease into that one.
The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say. ~Anaïs Nin
Mister Mann told us about the creation of his first novel, Blinking Red Light. When he wrote this book, he had members of his writing group critique the book. I have a hard time looking at the thankfully tame comments on this blog…imagine a story that I agonized over for a week, month, year! The group loosed up (a quick sociology class aside, all the women gravitated towards one table while the men sat at another. Like with like?) and we talked about creating a writer’s group among ourselves.
Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia. ~E.L. Doctorow
I agree and agree. When I’m in character development mode, I talk in my sleep about what this or that character did. The Mister still loves me despite this.
If you wish to be a writer; write! Epictetus
Unfortunately I had to leave, but the idea that it’s not too late to start that novel again keeps niggling at the back of my head. Like the kids in Game Stop, the urge to do battle with the pen and paper is STRONG.
There’s nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein. ~Walter Wellesley “Red” Smith
So far, I’ve had one person ask me about the group I want to start. I know I can probably grab a few at the library and cull a few from the mailing list of participants. However, one monkey won’t stop the show.
Being an author is like being in charge of your own personal insane asylum. ~Graycie Harmon
I’m already on the brink, so why not make it official?