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Guest Post – Falling into Writing
Lots of authors are asked how they became writers. This question makes me a bit uneasy because I didn’t fall into writing in a professional way. I didn’t study journalism or creative writing. I wasn’t making up stories in grade school. I did write pretty good papers. Penned poetry since age nine. And wrote and edited newsletters over the years. I read a lot.
But as for writing fiction, specifically funny romance??? No.
A friend challenged several of us to write the opening paragraph of a story using the word window. My heart went heavy because my friend knew I wanted to write. I had confessed to Handsome how I wished I could write like my favorite mystery author, Dick Francis. But I never tried. Never picked up a pen, pencil, or played on my computer…until she asked that question. I wanted badly to answer, but didn’t want to look stupid. So I fluttered my hand and said, “I don’t have anything.” My friend said that was okay and to email something later in the week.
Yikes! I was still on the hook. And a part of me carried the burden of “I have to or else.” So one day, I sat down and began typing, letting anything and everything spill onto the page. In fact, I was a tad obsessed. But I worked and worked and ultimately, felt comfortable in letting my friend read what I’d done. She did and passed it back, saying, “Keep going.”
If you want to be good at anything, like knitting, you have to practice. And so I did. I took classes and craft read books and kept on working. I entered contests for feedback, and when one entry was returned with “Why are you writing?” scribbled on the judge’s scoring page, I gritted my teeth and thought no one but me can determine my destiny and kept on working.
Thirty short stories and essays and two books have been published of my work. Ya, that feels good.
So what does this mean for you? If you want to be published, be good at hula hoop, or run a marathon, you have to work hard all the time. Don’t give up. Work! And in doing so, you are better off. You learned something.
Bio: Award-winning and Amazon bestselling author, Vicki Batman, has sold many romantic comedy works to the True magazines, several publishers, and most recently, two romantic comedy mysteries to The Wild Rose Press. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and several writing groups. An avid Jazzerciser. Handbag lover. Mahjong player. Yoga practitioner. Movie fan. Book devourer. Cat fancier. Best Mom ever.
And adores Handsome Hubby. Most days begin with her hands set to the keyboard and thinking “What if??”
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10 responses to “Day 5: Romance; Vicki Batman”
Thank you so much for having me today. I’m off to share more!!
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“no one but me can determine my destiny and kept on working.”
LOVE this! great attitude and determination.
Mine was “God is bigger than this (person, contest, book seller, organization, etc)
Good luck and God’s blessings
Hi, Pamela! What it got down to was this–I didn’t know the judge. Too many people have heard discouraging comments and didn’t follow a path. I’d been wanting to try for so long, I had to believe in me and keep on. Thank you so much for visiting with me. Hugs!
What an inspirational story. Life is about taking chances and trying new things!
Hi, Melissa! I love experiencing new life adventures. My fav quote is from the movie “Strictly Ballroom” – a life lived in fear is a life half-lived. Who wants to live in fear? Hugs, my friend.
Reminds me of advice I once received from a college professor — “practice makes progress.”
Hi, Angela! That’s a good one. How about live and learn?
I’m not sure why do many people think you’re just born good at something. Even those with natural talent have to work hard and practice, practice, practice to be great. Thanks for the terrific reminder that if it’s what you want to do, just keep at it.
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