I was a Science Major in college and so my mindset was very much one of if I did A and added B I’d get C result. Logical and sensible.
But then there was the artist side of me who wanted to create stories for people to read and enjoy. Step A.
The Type A side of me said, Get that book finished and published. Step B.
The dreamer in me said, Once it’s published, all will be as it should be. Uh, no, not Result C.
In fact, the result of chasing my dream of being published and having a career in publishing was never as logical and sensible and results oriented as the scientist in me wished. It’s been an up and down process and like many, sometimes I wondered why I continued writing.
After a lot of soul searching, the answer was always the same: I had to write because I couldn’t imagine not writing. I would never stop having stories in my head that I wanted to share with people because it’s in the sharing that they come alive.
So for all the aspiring authors and my published author friends, those are my words of wisdom for today.
Today’s throwback is not all that long a toss since I’m going back to last week and the RWA conference in Orlando, Florida. Sharing some photos of my friends, workshops, fireworks and other fun things!
From that day in the fifth grade when my English teacher assigned our class project – to write a book – I knew I wanted to be a writer. I’d always been an avid reader, but until that day, it hadn’t occurred to me that the stories in my head could become a story that one day others would read.
I kept at it through high school, college, and law school. The child of immigrant parents and an immigrant myself, education was important, but so was a career that would pay the bills. My parents, especially my mom, didn’t think writing would do it and I am eternally grateful that I was an obedient child since my day job has provided me with many wonderful opportunities.
But so did the world of writing. New friends and new places to visit. Of course, that was balanced out by something I didn’t expect: the writing blizzard. The flurries of ideas that might not ever become anything more. The avalanche of rejection letters that gave way to an even greater avalanche of edits, marketing demands, business obligations, and more.
A lot of new writers I meet think that getting published is the hard part. I gently try to prepare them for the greater blizzard of work that comes after publication.
But if writing is your passion, you put your head down and weather the blizzard because something bright and wonderful emerges from the storm: a new story.
Lately there has been a lot of discussion about blogs and whether people still read them or comment on them. In fact, lots of big online sites have eliminated the comments feature not because it incited sometimes unpleasant discussions, but because of a lack of discussion.
I wonder whether people still like reading blogs like mine, where I share some fun things, some serious, and of course, some book info. I love books. I love to write them and I love to read them.
I wonder if you’d like to see some different things, so here’s your chance. Let me know what you’d like to see on the blog!
I had lots and lots of fun at the RWA Conference this year, but I was also inspired and motivated to get to work on both old and new projects and to try new things to improve my career. I always feel more energized after the conference and this year was no different, maybe possibly better. I managed to do my first keynote speech and a workshop on juggling careers and life. I spent time with dear friends and made new ones. All in all, a fabulous time.
So today, I’m sharing some photos from the conference and I hope you enjoy them!
Sourcebooks Book Signing Authors:
You can see lots more photos at my Facebook Fan Page! My page is open for public viewing, so no problem with seeing the photos there.
I am so chugging along on Book 1 of the Jersey Girl Bridesmaids series! I am having a ton of fun with it and I hope you will also when the first book, tentatively titled Since We Were 18, is released in 2017.
The scene I’m writing right now is set at the Bryant Park Grill. I’ve eaten there several times and it’s a great restaurant with scenic views and good food.
Regular visitors to the blog know that Bryant Park is one of my favorite spots in New York City and I go there often, like every day! There is always something happening and I love seeing all the gardens in the park.
At one time, the park was known as “Needle Park” and it was filled with prostitutes and drug dealers. You risked your life walking through there even in the daytime, but no more. The park has been rejuvenated and now is a fabulous place for New Yorkers and tourists alike to visit and spend time.
Today’s Write Wednesday is some photos from Bryant Park since I’m busy writing this scene.
I love the towns and beaches along the Jersey Shore in Monmouth and Ocean Counties. They each have their unique flavor and interesting facets. That’s why I’ve set so many books there in the past (like UNDER THE BOARDWALK) and why I’m setting the 2017 Jersey Girl Bridesmaids books there.
In UNDER THE BOARDWALK, which is part of the SUMMER HEAT box set, I’ve set the story in Asbury Park and Ocean Grove, two of my favorite towns. But there are lots of other fun places in New Jersey and today I am sharing with you my Pinterest board of interesting spots you may want to check out in my home state.