There’s a saying about women “slaving over a hot stove”. They’ve worked hard to provide meals for a hungry family. It was also said because they’d worked hard all day to keep things going.
Well, I’m talking about slaving away over a hot computer. I’ve always said that I’ve never had as much fun as when I’m writing, but I tend to leave out the part about it being hard work.
Some writers are prolific and crank out books frequently. That doesn’t mean each book wasn’t a lot of work. It means they’ve got it together and they’re probably pretty organized, and maybe they’re a lot smarter than someone like me. (I’m smiling when I say that.)
A few writers have commented on life getting in the way of writing time. It happens. In the meantime, that Work in Progress (WIP) sits and waits for the story creator to get back to it. In my case, my house is for sale and I’m spending a lot of time packing, cleaning, and working on my yard. Oh, and I can’t forget about the garage. It’s a three-car, boat deep garage and it’s jam packed with stuff. Gotta love “stuff”. Of course, the dogs want a lot of attention, too.
Frankly, I can’t wait to get back to my current WIP. And reading. Oh, how I miss reading. I have very little time for that lately, too. Maybe when I move things will get back to normal – whatever normal is.
I know that some people write as a hobby, or they have only one book they want to get out of their system. That’s good and their book is a worthy project, but there are others who are writing as a career. As a career, the author has to not only create a good story, but they have to market, promote, try to come up with some unique ideas to get their names out there, and hope people enjoy what they’re offering. While they’re doing all of these things, that hot ol’ computer is sitting patiently, waiting for them to return and put in some long hours.
I have a wonderful friend (and you know who you are) who does everything she can to promote my books. Everything she does makes me feel like I’m doing something worthwhile. She wouldn’t go to great lengths if she didn’t like my writing. We all need a friend like this who cares so much.
Shout it from the rooftops
Word-of-mouth is the best advertising. When you read a book that you enjoy, stop and remember that the author has put a lot of hard work into her/his story or you wouldn’t be thinking what a great book it is. Tell a friend. Tell two friends. Three is even better, and hopefully they’ll read the book you recommend and tell their other friends.
Okay, let me tell a friend. Right now I’m reading “The Silver Sleigh” by Dorothy Bodoin. I’m also reading “Murder Run” by Shelly Frome. It’s slow going because of my current busy life, but I’m enjoying both of them. I hope I reach a point where I can simply sit down and read to my heart’s content.
Hmm. That’s it for this week. I simply wanted to remind readers that a book doesn’t just happen. It requires hard work.
Have you read a good book lately? Did you happen to think of what it took for the author to produce this piece of entertainment? Have you ever wondered about the process? Think about it – and then tell a friend about the great book you just finished.
Until next week, I hope you have the reading time you desire and that you make the best of it.
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