I’ve had a lot of people tell me they want to write a book — or at the very least, that they have some grand idea that would make a bestseller. Hmmm. I suppose they confide this in me because I am a writer and somewhere in their minds they think I’ll be receptive … maybe even give them some advice worth following. Again, hmmm.
The fact of the matter is, writing a book is hard work. Really. I know some folks think it’s nothing more than compiling one’s thoughts with a few stokes on a keyboard, but I’m telling you, it isn’t that easy. Especially when you have other things going on in your life and can’t afford, literally, to seclude yourself to a room of your own — as Virginia Wolf once suggested.
For me, writing fiction is challenging because when I do find the time, my mind is often unprepared. Between taking care of my family, myself and writing for the gigs that pay me, I often find myself unable to switch gears and wander off to the creative side. And then, once I arrive in my own Terabithea and sense the words are ready to explode, alas … Something Wicked ALWAYS This Way Comes … “We’re moving your deadline up three days.”
EGADS!! The pen is put to rest, the laptop shut down, and my brain returns to tackle all that is going on around me. I get it Ms. Wolf … really, I do.
“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” ~ Ernest Hemingway
If you’re a writer, how do you separate your reality from fiction? Do you have a room of your own to go to? And if you’re one of those that have asked me for advice on writing a book, take heed in Hemingway’s words … because the only advice I can give you, is to write.
Write. Write. And write some more. And then throw a few thousand words away. And write some more.
Today’s post inspired by The Daily Prompt: Key Takeaway — “Give your newer sisters and brothers-in-WordPress one piece of advice based on your experiences blogging.” OK. So my advice is a little more geared towards people that write books than blog but it’s been my experience that darn near everyone out there who blogs, also thinks that should write a book.