My Achilles’ Heel
by Nicki Salcedo
I write for myself. Everyone says, “Know your target audience.” I am my target audience. I tried to write for a specific market once. I dreaded writing. I never once had the urge to go back and re-read my words. Now, I’m back to writing for me. I always wished that my grandmother or mother kept a journal. I write for me and my kids. I hope they’ll be curious about the world and how other people experienced the world. I’m still figuring out how to channel my creative voice into my novel writing voice. Ignoring industry advance is my folly. Isn’t folly a wonderful word? I write joyfully. I write for myself. Write for yourself. Write something you think no one else will like or appreciate. Then see if you aren’t, for a moment, free.
Writing is work
by Susan May
I think writing requires talent, imagination, but most of all I think it requires desire. It is hard work. Want it and want it badly. Being a writer, a published one, means having to keep moving forward, even when I feel like quitting. I prevent myself from quitting by surrounding myself with people who write by attending conferences, regular writing meetings, taking classes, reading writing relate magazines, listening to other writers experiences and most importantly by writing daily. I know if I'm receiving rejections it is because I'm sending material out which is necessary if I want my work published. The reward for writing is being able to share my story which is always worth the hard work.
J PERRY'S VIEW ON WRITING (as gleaned from others):
I can't say anything about writing that hasn't been said before, but here are some of the bits of wisdom that guide me:
1) Everyone who writes, writes crap. Give yourself permission to shovel a draft full.
2) You can't fix a blank page.
3) Persistence is of utmost importance.
4) Only praise in public. If you must criticize, do so in private. (I think Warren Buffet said this)
5) The writing community is a great mother. All you have to do is ask, and she's there.
6) Everyone who is on the writing journey, deserves to be there. Treat colleagues (published, unpublished, and industry professionals) with respect.