Today is a two-fer. While Donnell is here, it's my day over at the Blood Red Pencil. Their theme this month is small press-indie publishing. I'm sharing my thoughts.
Good morning, all. Terry, thanks for the invitation to blog with you. Congratulations, also, on your starred review in Publisher’s Weekly for ROOTED IN DANGER. (See why I love her!)
My longtime critique partner hasn't written in a couple of years, thanks to the economy. Her husband literally had to leave town to work in Durango, and times were a little desperate for this family of five, with three kids, two of whom were/are in college. Robin pulled herself up by her bootstraps, however, and said, this is it, I’m going back to work. She did. Got into a business she’d long been interested in, which was real estate.
Turns out this has been a godsend for the Searle family and a smart move for Robin professionally because, while a lot of Realtors got out of the business because of the dismal market, Robin got into it out of necessity and is now starting to thrive.
What has this got to do with writing?
Many things. I can always use Robin & Peter’s perseverance and determination as great character traits. Also, she said something to me the other day, which gave me the idea for this blog. She said, I love what I’m doing, but I miss writing.
The good thing about branching out and doing other things in addition to writing, is that while it may stymie your time, it doesn’t necessarily have to make you any less of a writer. As a matter of fact, doing something different may actually enhance it. Think about it. Actors often research their roles by slipping into a character’s occupation or lifestyle.
It’s no different for a writer. We cannot write a book without research, and everything we learn in and around our other occupations is handy and fingertip-ready knowledge.
Robin talked about a house that had gone back on the market and would be in desperate need of remodeling. She sent me pictures, and I agreed it’s going to need considerable work. But what she has there in my opinion is a rough draft. Ever look at the words on your page and think this is garbage?
Well, maybe it is, like this house… for now. But as Nora Roberts says, she can fix an ugly first draft, but not a blank page. The beauty of writing is you can add or subtract, remodel even.
Most of us have to work. Let’s face it, writing isn’t exactly keeping most of us in the black. What do you think? Do you use your jobs as an opportunity, or do you lament that you never have enough time. I’d love to hear your stories. I’ll give away a copy, either digital or paperback, of my romantic suspense, THE PAST CAME HUNTING to one person. Happy remodeling & writing!
Donnell Ann Bell is a debut novelist for Bell Bridge Books. Her 2007 Golden Heart finaling novel The PAST CAME HUNTING, is #62 in Amazon, #3 in Romantic Suspense and #8 in Mystery and Thrillers, and her second release and 2010 Golden Heart final, currently titled Deadly Recall should hit shelves late 2012 or early 2013. She loves to hear from readers and writers. Check out her website at www.donnellannbell.com
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