Sometimes you just don’t know your own reach, the impact you have on others. This is especially the case when you work with authors, it’s a solitary endeavor even though we’re working one on one and communicate often, you don’t always understand how you’ve impacted them, how they are changed by having worked with you.
As an editor and author coach I’m so focused on the author and manuscript that I don’t think about things like…how will this change the way they write? Or how will this change the way they think about writing? I don’t contemplate what kind of impact I will have on working with them. I always hope the writing aspect of working with me changes they way they put their words onto paper. I also hope that they become stronger writers, more confident in the stories they want to tell.
Each author I work with is different, there are a multitude of of things that each author is interested in working on and looking to improve upon, but I don’t know exactly what I will be working on beyond the writing. I find it truly invigorating, though, to dig in and help an author achieve not only their writing goals but their personal ones as well.
I’m lucky enough that one of my authors decided to write about her experience working with me (On Writing Captive Lies by Victoria Paige) I don’t often get to see such an inside look but I couldn’t be more proud to have shared this writing journey with each of my authors! I love that my words have meaning for them and that in the end they take what I’ve said to heart and give themselves permission to BE who they are and to WRITE the way their soul calls!!!
“Oh how I long to run away from normal days. I want to run wild with my imagination.” Alice in Wonderland ~ Lewis Carroll
Yes!!! I’ll never turn down a day with my wild imagination!! Who’s with me??!! xoxo
Fast forward four years. I now have ten publishers on three continents. I’ve won what is arguably the highest award in romance. Most crucially, I support my family as a novelist. In romance I’m earning a living as an author.
How did that happen? The moment I stopped trying to write as the wisest, cleverest girl in the room, I began writing novels that critics call clever and wise. I stopped drinking the mainstream Kool-Aid and wrote straight from the gut. And readers responded.
I’m here to tell you that you can have a brain and still enjoy books with kissing in them. You can also have an economics degree from Yale and write romance novels. You can build a career on entertaining smart women and men with uplifting storytelling.
You can include a set of washboard abs on the cover or not. It’s your choice. And you’re a real novelist either way.
I couldn’t be more in love with this article! Yes! You can write anything you want AND make money doing it. You can write really fantastic characters and have critical acclaim. You can have it ALL. Just stop “trying” and write YOU!! As Bowen says in the article, write from the gut and readers will respond!
Write what YOU want to write…
if you tone yourself down,
if you pull yourself back,
if you mute your words, your story,
if you write something because that’s what you *think* readers are looking for…
Readers are looking for stories that come from a real place, in your heart, deep within your soul, real and authentic. Stories that grab them and won’t let go!! Stories that only YOU can write!!
Don’t press the mute button, otherwise how else are your readers going to find YOU?
This is one of my favorite pictures of myself. Not because Mom, taking the picture, caught me in a moment of fear, but because I know I jumped in spite of the fear!
I’ve used this picture as my “I’m going to take the next leap” compass in the past when I’m scared to do something yet know that I have to do it. So here it is again to boost my courage in taking the next leap!
I’ll be doing my first IG live on Friday!! I’ve had a lot of people suggesting I do one to get my message and knowledge out there for everyone to hear.
So drop your Q’s below in the comments section (or DM them to me). I’ll answer anything and everything having to do with writing or publishing! Nothing is too big or too small, insignificant or strange….in my over 20 years in the writing & publishing communities, I’ve seen (and heard) it all. I’ve worked with all of the big 5 NY publishers (traditional) and some pretty significant authors in my time…
So what do YOU want to know? Drop your questions below (or DM me!) and I will get to as many as time will allow!
Here’s the link to my IG: https://www.instagram.com/bookmatchmaker/
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Follow where your creativity wants to take you…it may surprise you where it goes!
Start with one sentence said by one character…and that will lead you to another…and another…another scene, another character, another story…
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There’s a great interview on YouTube with Stephen King and George R R Martin in which GRRM asks King “How the F*ck do you write so many books?”
The truth is, of course, that every writer is different. It takes you how long it takes you. Figure out who you are as a writer and how long it takes you to get there. And write you.
I wouldn’t want a book from GRRM that only took him 6 months to write…
As for King, he has a great story about JK Rowling…and truly understanding what it is that you do as a writer.
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