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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

FINISH your manuscript!

For me, this is the first time I’ve ever had a completed manuscript to work on, and I have to say that I now understand why the best advice an aspiring writer can ever receive (and we often don’t want to hear it) is to FINISH the book.

This in itself is a major accomplishment for any writer (published or unpublished) and it feels FANTASTIC. I now feel confident enough to share my experiences with other writers who are also aspiring to publication.

No matter how long the writing process has taken you or is yet to take you (and I’ve also learned that there are no hard and fast rules) it’s still a BIG MASSIVE achievement when you can finally sit back and say (with a relieved sigh!), that yes, you’ve done it. You’ve finally WRITTEN a book!!

You’re probably already aware that the path of writing hasn’t been a smooth one for me. While I’ve been writing on and off forever, I never took myself or my ambitions as a writer seriously until 2006.

I can now look back and realise that this was definitely my first turning point. I did something I’d never done openly before - I acknowledged (to myself as well as others) that I AM a writer – and a ROMANCE writer, no less! And, to be honest, from that very moment I’ve never stopped being a writer.

I have many moments when I’m assuaged with insecurities but I now understand that pretty much every writer goes through this – although not everyone (thank God) is as sensitive as me - and I’m not unique with my struggles. I think there’s something about wanting to believe (as an ‘aspiring’ writer in the midst of these struggles) that things WILL get easier – one day. But sadly I am realising that this will never happen (sorry guys). The very essence of being a writer is struggling with these insecurities for a large part of the time.

That’s when you know you are indeed a WRITER.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

The Story of an ASPIRING romance writer

I’m going to start Blogging posts about WRITING which is what, all those years ago, I always planned to do (however infrequently).

But first…


…let me start with one of my gripes.

If you are a writer who hasn’t (yet) been published, does this make you a ‘wanna-be’ writer, or a ‘would-be’ writer?

One thing I’ve acknowledged of late is that I’m a sensitive kind of girl. I don’t like the term ‘wanna-be’ in any field (unless, of course, it’s for the new era of kids who only ‘wanna’ grow up to be famous). I mean, before I had my children (only example I can think of at this time) did that make me a ‘wanna-be’ Mother? Did my aspirations make me a lesser person than somebody who already was a mother? No, of course not. But I digress.

I personally think that if somebody has a passion for something (be it writing, painting, music or whatever,) and they spend their life wanting, yearning, working towards their goal then they ARE a… (writer/artist/musician – you fill the blank). I can’t help but feel that the term ‘wanna-be’ or ‘would-be’ conjure up a negative image and somehow undermine (in this case) the writer who has been working darned hard (often for years), and aspires to be published. So, for this reason, from this point forward I’m out I’ll never use these terms out of respect for fellow ‘aspiring to be published’ writers. ‘Aspiring’ sounds so much nicer, don’t you think?

Published or not, you/we ARE writers! Glad I’ve cleared this up – no offence intended :-).

You may have noticed that I’ve also (finally) discovered that this is MY Blog, so I can say what I like, can’t I? Oh my goodness, I’ve spent far too much time with my teenagers (rebellious…who, MOI?)!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Quick Note

If, like me, you’re at the point of revising your manuscript, head on over to Julie Cohen’s blog where a very interesting discussion has been taking place. I love reading about other writer’s processes and it’s always great to discover that I’m not alone with my fears or struggles.

Pop back tomorrow when I’ll be posting again…