I am a late bloomer. When some of my writers friends asked me how long I have been writing I told them since the end of 2009. What I received back was wonder and amazement for they had been working on their books for way longer.
Let me give you a brief background into how it started. In the summer of 2009 my husband mentioned to a dear and close friend of mine that he felt I wrote well. She proceeded to tell me. For how else do you tell your wife this but through her friend, right? Near the end of 2009 I had two surgeries, they were unrelated, within 6 weeks of each other. One did require I stay in bed for a few days. Now since she told me in the summer this bit of news from hubby I had been thinking in my head a story. With me being laid up for a few weeks I proceeded to start working on my first novel that is now known as “Jasper, Amazon Parrot: A Rain forest Adventure” which lead me on this path.
Sure, I wrote some poetry when I was growing up and in fact I still have the notebooks they are in but as far as writing novels and such that was not something I thought of. But once you start writing the writing bug takes a hold of you and now to not write is not something I would ever consider.
So while people who do not write have said, and will again, to me, “Are you still writing?” it is refreshing when a fellow writer and author comes to me and says, “Sharon, what are you working on right now?”
The bug is alive and well in me which suits me fine.
As a writer what books would I find in your home? Do you read the books that are in your genre, do you do a multiple of authors, select few or barely read? For me you will see a multiple of genres and authors. Though my favorites are Stephen King of which I am his number one fan, Agatha Christie, Bentley Little which was a recommendation by Stephen King and well-earned and James Patterson are the big wigs on my shelves. These I read for pure enjoyment. I do have books that are on writing for being a writer is an ongoing process of learning to improve one’s craft. When I head into a bookstore I don’t always head toward the big name authors. And if I find myself in a used bookstore the sky is the limits on the different people I will bring home
We can learn from books in so many ways. One is pure enjoyment as we let the words take us away from our present lives and takes us on adventures. Another is educational whether that be a non fiction, learning about history, or learning about writing. Others can be helpful to us with the endless amount of self-help books that line shelves of stores.
The great thing about a book is how you feel when you are done. You should feel something different or just feel period. When I don’t feel anything positive or negative it’s a let down for my expectations of books are high and as an avid reader I want something out of it. That is probably why I spend, like authors out there, endless hours trying to get it just right. We want our readers to feel and to not to get to the last page and feel meh.
Do you have a business card? If not, why? After all if you are a writer that is a business When you start making connections and going to conferences it is a heck of a lot easier to whip out a card then to place your contact information on a scrap of paper to give to someone. Not to mention it is more professional.
There are many places one can get a card whether that is locally or online. My place is Vistaprint since they are forever running sales on their products. When I received my fist box it felt like a confirmation in what I did. Over the years I have added additional designs to my business cards collection, each one changing as I have grown.
But that is all well and good but what do you place on a card? What do you have that others might want or need? I would start with what can you do, offer or basically what do you bring to the table? Even if you are still new you have a lot to offer. You are a writer and if you are part of a writer’s group you can be a critquer or do book reviews. Anything that can help you brand yourself is a good place to start.
The next time someone asks for you card you will be ready instead of searching for a scrap of paper or pen to write your contact information down which has a good chance of being tossed out by accident.