The Not So Secret Secrets of Writing

When I think about writing, I get all tingly and, if I’m not careful, can get lost in the fantasy of being a world renown author who has millions of fans waiting breathlessly for my next novel to hit the shelves of their local bookstore. I have book signings and my adoring fans wait for hours for a few moments with me and have a photo taken together. I am financially secure and can easily afford to send my kids to college; I have a cozy writing cottage (a la Laurie Halse Anderson’s, but without all that snow) or some other really great writing space with a door that is mine alone. No boys allowed. No kids allowed. Just me. And maybe my dog.  Ah! It’s good to have dreams, right?

I realize, though that before that can happen, I have to get a grip on my own writing skills and nurture them. I must hone those skills and do my best to master them. I know what I do well and what my strengths are, and I also know where my weaknesses lie. I know what you’re thinking….yes, I do have weaknesses in my writing, but I’m not going to tell you what they are. Cheeky, I know. 😉

I have figured out some secrets along the way, though. Okay, so they’re not really secrets. I know I should join organizations for writers and attend writing conferences and workshops whenever I can. I need to build and maintain an active web presence that engages social media so I can continue to build a solid network of writers, agents, and editors who may be willing to help me get closer to my goal of publishing.

Mostly though, I need to sit my butt down and WRITE my novel. I also have to be a better juggler of the kids, the husband, the insane amount of reading I have to do for my Masters program, and all of the research and academic writing I must do. Oh, and there are these pesky little tests (known in graduate circles as the dreaded Comprehensive Exams that are the final determinates as to whether or not you graduate) I have to prepare for next spring.

I must confess that after doing my academic reading, writing, and preparing, all I want to do is watch Big Brother and eat chocolate. And maybe sleep a little. And then watch an NCIS marathon.

I hate that since school has started I’ve lost the momentum I had this summer when I was so energized with Teacher’s Write! and all the support and encouragement that went along with it.

BUT, the most obvious thing I have to do if I want to get that novel finished, or take the smallest step toward its completion, is MAKE the time to write.

It’s okay. You can call me Captain Obvious. I won’t be mad. I promise.

**Oh yeah, I almost forgot: I have a WRITER/AUTHOR page on Facebook now, so you can come on over and join me there if you like. Please do. I’d love to see you there!

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