|Diana Lesire Brandmeyer|
The Joy of Your Name in Print
Before you begin your writing career take this quiz:
You want to write because:
a) Seeing your name in print would make you happy.
b) Besides holding your newborn infant you can’t imagine anything better than holding a copy of your book in your hands
c) You want your friends to introduce you as a published author
d) When you don’t write you talk to the vegetables at the grocery store and the produce man has noticed.
e) It’s an adventure you must do so you can cross it off your bucket list.
f) All of the above
So how did you do? Circled them all? Did you add a few of your own reasons? If you did that’s wonderful, you’ve been thinking about your career.
Writing a book is an adventure. It can’t be done in twenty-four hours. You have to prepare for the journey. It’s about packing the right tools and sometimes having the right food, or even the right clothing to make it across that finish line called “the end.”
Having the desire to write and acting on it is what makes a writer, a writer. The acting upon it is what sets you apart from those who say, “Someday I’m going to write a book.” Don’t let that be you.
Writing takes a lot of patience and planning. It’s not impossible to do, even if you’re a young mom, you’re working full time or you’re just tired. There are so many ways to write a book. Now you don’t even have to type it. Use your phone and a dictation program then send to your computer. Yes, you can fold the laundry or walk the dog and write a few pages at the same time.
Give yourself permission to read books in the genre you want to write along with books on writing, take online classes, and join a professional group. I belong to ACFW-American Christian Fiction Writers, they offer monthly courses to improve some aspect of your life and are free to members. Once you’re a member go back and read through previous classes.
This is a hard one: Treat yourself like a professional. If you don’t, who will? Schedule times just for learning, writing or brainstorming. Train—yes train your family to respect that time. It can be done. Use examples they can understand, call it your golf, soccer, ballet time and it will make sense to them—in time.
Make friends with other writers. They will become your critique and brainstorming partners. You can finally stop chatting in that English accent to the cucumbers in the produce section.
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Christian author, Diana Lesire Brandmeyer, writes historical and contemporary romances. Author of A Bride's Dilemma in Friendship, Tennessee and We’re Not Blended-We’re Pureed, A Survivor’s Guide to Blended Families. Once widowed and now remarried she writes with humor and experience on the on the difficulty of joining two families be it fictional or real life.
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