Why do you write? Better yet why did you start to write? My story is one I have told a few times over the years and it is pretty simple.
My husband told a good friend of ours that he felt I wrote well. Of course that was I suspect his way of letting me know since she told me soon after. I mulled it over. That particular year I had surgery on my foot and another surgery within 6 weeks of the first one. Having time I jotted stuff down. My goal was not to be published right away it was to write stories for whenever I had grandchildren they could read the stories or have us read to them.
That was how I started. But why did I continue? Well a writer’s group was starting up at a library near me. And while I was the only non librarian there, there were six of us, they made me feel welcomed and empowered me to continue with my writing in more ways than one.
Writing is like a fever now. And if you are a writer you know what I mean. There are so many ideas in my head that are screaming, “Let us out!” It is part of us and to stop is truly not an option. Everything I see even on a simple venture outside of the house has me thinking of ideas and story lines.
Please don’t give me a prompt books, they are a favorite of mine, for I will have ideas piled up in a bulging notebook of ideas. There is no way I could live long enough to write them all and that is if I stop writing ideas down.
It is a fever. No maybe that is not the right word. But once you have the bug, for whatever reason you started, it is with you and is a part of you like it or not.
I asked for my rights back for one of my series. It took me a while to get them which caused much frustration from the day I asked to the day I actually received the email showing me the wait was over. Along the way I learned a few lessons which were valuable for any future contracts I might sign with a publishing house. But now it is time to move on.
Fortunately two houses are interested in publishing the series. But with any work I have I start at the very top. Who knows I might get a bit from one of the really big houses, right? It doesn’t hurt to try. The only thing is that will take time and I need to plan it out carefully.
Publishing houses are a plenty. There are the really good ones, the decent ones and of course the sharks and wolves who just want what they can get from you. One truly has to be careful and do the research on any potential business that are interested in your works. It takes longer yes but it is so much worth it.
Now I am not saying my former publishers were of the later. They weren’t. I just had a new direction that I wanted to try with the books I had. But with the tall task of submitting one needs to be diligent and do the work needed to make sure we don’t place our hard work and our baby, the book, into the hands of those who are just trying to scam you.
It took so long to get our work in the best consideration it can be in why rush the process at the end just so you can say to yourself that you are published?
Do you get ideas for your stories or novels at the absolutely wrong time? And what do you do about it if anything?
One of my favorite places to get ideas at the wrong time is at night when I am either trying to fall asleep, tossing and turning and so on. An idea will pop in and I do the same thing each time because after all it works so well. I say to myself I will remember this tomorrow for I don’t need to write it down. Because that works NEVER. Ugh. I am not sure why I can’t put a notepad near me. Well, I have but did I put anything in? No. Instead I tell myself that I will remember that.
Another awesome place that ideas come to me is in the car. That reminds me I need to put a notepad in the car. I rarely keep my cell phone out unless I am charging it. I don’t call or text when I am driving. I need to watch for cars that have people who are calling or texting. That whole topic I best save for another day for it angers me how people can drive a car that can kill them or someone else so easily just because oh my gosh Betty broke up with her boyfriend or Mrs. Miller needs to call you for the umpteen time on something. It can wait until I am pulled over.
Moving on. Another place that is just peachy when I come up with ideas is the shower. Because nothing says story ideas like a shower, am I right? I won’t bring up the idea that came to me on how to remember the story idea. Just too stupid. But this is place where I get a mega amount of story ideas.
The point is story ideas will come at you from all directions, any time of the day and at any eventful thing you are doing. It don’t care if the doctor is about to come into the examination room, it don’t care if it is finally your turn at the DMV or anyplace where you have time to wait. It does not care if you are doing anything that does not concern it. Ideas will pop in at will and demand you pay attention to it.
I am getting better at writing these down or noting them for later. Still for all I know I may have had the idea for a NY best-selling book but I just didn’t for whatever reason write it down.