Technical writers or non fiction writers scribble to pay the bills and for the love of the analytical or the exercise of truth or deception.

Fiction authors write to illuminate their world or escape it.

Whichever kind of writer, it's all about staying alive and helping or entertaining others.

The Writing Life

Like most writers, I have a love of reading and the power of words. When I was younger, I read everything I could get my hands on, but I don’t consider myself well read. I consumed books like a starved person, so quickly I hardly knew what I had read. By some strange process of osmosis, I learned from everything I read, but I cannot give you an erudite discussion of characters, plots, or authors. I can only tell you it’s lodged some where in the core of my being and informs my writing.

In addition to reading, I’ve spent a life time writing---from that first elementary school composition to my college days when I studied French literature and wrote explications de texte. Along the way, I fell into technical writing--to put food on the table and pay bills. In the 90s, I had the good fortune to take a dialog class with Sol Stein, former owner of Stein & Day publishers in New York and a prolific author. That led to his California-based writers’ group, Chapter One. It was a rigorous, ego-bruising experience, but I was intent on learning everything I could about fiction writing. A few years ago, I also had the good fortune to study with another writer, Louella Nelson, an experienced romance writer and teacher of fiction writing. She provided a different perspective and balance to my writing.

My novel, DREAMING OF LAUGHING HAWK, a mainstream, Sixties era novel, is available on Amazon in print and ebook (also available in Canada, Europe, Japan, and Brazil). Download a free sample. If you like it, I hope you'll download the book and post a review on Amazon.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Happy Crazy Friday: Find a Creative Outlet to Balance the Frustrations of Being an Author

It's Friday again. Time evaporates so quickly. I'm amazed to find myself at the end of the week. Gardening, home remodeling, late late late spring cleaning, and, of course, writing and all that entails. Writing comes with a lot of baggage. You can't just sit in your garret and crank out stories unless, of course, you have no intention of putting them out there in the world. And to get your writing out in the world is not altogether pleasant work. That's my opinion. I'm sure other writers feel differently. I'm more focused on the creative process and the marketing end does not appeal to me. To be sure, some aspects of marketing are creative, but I find that most are not. It's cotton-picking hard work and you are often dependent on others for their expertise, the entrée they can provide. If I figure out how to make book marketing a highly creative,  satisfying (and low cost) experience, I might get more into it. The thing about being creative is that when you are in that zone, it's fun. And when things are not flowing in one creative endeavor, I just pick up another one. That's why I have started to learn about watercolor painting. Trust me, I'm not advocating you add one more thing to your already busy life, but I find watercolor very relaxing. When I can't solve a storyline problem by arranging words on a blank page or worse--I need to tackle a marketing strategy, I throw paint on a blank page. Like all forms of art, there are rules to learn and rules to break, but it's so liberating. Someday maybe I'll come up with a fun, creative solution for book marketing that is like throwing paint on a blank page.

1 comment:

  1. My art doesn't look like this when I throw paint on the page!