I have been wanting to start a blog for some time now. But, where to begin? What should I write about? Writing, of course. It's what interests me most, though I have other interests which I'm sure will factor in. But there are a zillion blogs about writing for writers, by writers. Many of which will be much more informative and which I have happily followed.
Since I am still unpublished and seeking representation, I am concerned about what I could truly offer the aspiring writer. Encouragement. Absolutely. Helpful tips and advice I've picked up. Glad to share. But again, this is nothing new. What I can offer is my own personal journey on the process of writing and perhaps even more specific, my own path to publication (along with the encouragement and helpful tips I learn along the way.)
I would also like to try a few experiments, but I'll save it for another time, another post.
This being my first blog post, I should probably introduce myself and let you know a little about me and how I got started. I'll try to keep this short.
Let's try this as if it were an interview. I don't know about you, but I like to pretend. I'm guessing most writers do. For example, am I the only one who rushes onto an empty elevator pretending to be a secret agent on some high stakes covert operation? Over the age of ten? But I digress.
Back to the interview. Where again, I'm pretending to be a well respected author and have been asked to be interviewed thanks to my latest NY Times Bestseller. (Hey, you gotta aim high, right?)
So Lisa, what made you start writing?
Well it's a funny story Sue, can I call you Sue? About twelve years ago I was working at a tech company and due to the revolving door of the management team, there wasn't enough work to keep me busy. Still, I needed to look productive and frankly, there's only so much online shopping a person can do. In addition, I was eagerly awaiting the fourth installment of the Harry Potter series. So, to amuse myself I began to write a story of my own. It was nothing like Harry Potter, but I dare say Ms. Rowling was my inspiration.
I didn't get very far though and after a while, I put the manuscript away and forgot about it for another ten years.
Then one day at work (at a new company) a woman was telling us about a book she was writing and I thought, I want to do that. On a side note, it's kinda my thing. Someone states that they are going to do something, like buy a new car, start a new career, and then I do too, which is how I became a nurse. Though I'd prefer to think that I'd drawn courage to finally follow dreams I'd been afraid to acknowledge rather than simply following someone else's.
Back to the story. A women said she wrote books and I wanted to write one too. And so I did. Fishing out my old manuscript I was inspired and couldn't wait to dive in. Until I read it. Ugh. (Along with a disgusted snort.) It was terrible. But I kept at it, read some books on the craft, took a couple of classes, and continued to write. Eventually I branched out and joined an online critique group. What an eye opener. The book was far from ready. But I learned a lot and made a friend in the process. That was three years ago and now I'm taking the plunge, about to query agents.
I could go on but if you would like a taste of my story (which is not going to be in the book as it is a prologue - and not even the most recent version) please check out WeBook.com.
We'll continue the interview another day. Though just so you know, my hope is to connect this blog with the website that my writers group is planning to launch. We have plans to showcase our work and will invite others to share theirs as well.
Thank you for reading. Until next time, happy writing.