The older we get, the more valuable our life experiences to others. We also become a little smarter. The events that formed us into the people we are today are our spiritual legacy. Our increase of wisdom comes with a downside. Aging means we have to be more focused on what we write. How do we choose the path best suited for our personal interests and unique personalities? Some writers prefer poetry, greeting cards, children’s works, magazine articles, screenplays, fiction (and the various genres), nonfiction, or something in between. Your attention may be drawn to entertaining a reader while others desire to guide or instruct.
Archives for August 2014
a href=”http://www.faithhopelove-rwa.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/mills_diann.jpg”>DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She currently has more than sixty books published. Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier, Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and Carol award contests. DiAnn […]
We fiction writers chase our stories like toddlers on a sugar-high. I’m one of them. I can dream and plan and plot all day long. Yet sometimes I get sidetracked.
For writers who live and breathe their addiction but have a problem staying on task, I’m offering a twelve-step program call Story Chasers (SC). These are writers who want to be called authors but don’t want to do the work. If any of these descriptors fit you, consider your career choice. Writing fiction may not be for you.
Even after two weeks of “real life,” I’m still feeling a bit of lingering magic from the recent RWA National in San Antonio. As far as favorite conferences, it ranks a close second to ACFW two years ago, when I was surprised with a first-time author contract from Barbour for my novella, Defending Truth. This year was not only my first time attending RWA, but that first contracted novella had the honor of finaling in the RITA.20140726_215422
Are you a frustrated writer? You’ve been working at your craft for a while, but success eludes you. An agent or a publisher seems to be just out of reach. Self-publishing is not your thing. It’s expensive and the idea of marketing and promoting your own work exclusively is another chunk of change, which you don’t have. Money drains from your account as you attend conferences and workshops, always pitching and always learning. Your writing group supports you, but they aren’t an agent or editor. And you’re fresh out of ideas and hope.