Writing is more about patience than creativity
My Thoughts / November 30, 2017

I had a few new readers reach out to me and it was strange that they had questions that were very similar.  They asked me about my inspiration and thought process when writing. Normally, it’s a feeling I think all authors get that triggers the writing “itch” that we all feel the need to scratch.  I heard someone I respect say that we are driven by passion, educated by experience and defined by choice.  I truly believe this but our passion can sometimes drive us to make rash choices. It is not always that simple to take a concept and wrap an entire story around it.  Writing – especially fiction writing is like a large piece of clay.  You mold it and shape it, removing the excess and sometimes filling in gaps after you think you are done.  I think some of the best writers equally patient as they are creative. For many, the “art” of writing can take a very long time.  For others, they can visualize the entire story and after it is published, they go back and almost re-write it to add or subtract aspects of the original piece. I tend to visit both sides of this…

Being Published… Is it just about the numbers?
My Thoughts / July 2, 2017

I have been publishing work for a little over a year now and have found it very gratifying.  The draw to my work by readers could be better, but when you consider I only advertise on twitter and the web site, the interest is really more than I could have hoped.  It did however get me thinking about publishing and why we want to publish.   We publish for different reasons.  For some of us it is all about the money.  For others its about the message the author wants to convey.  Truth be told there are a number of reasons why we write and publish.  So why do you write?  Is your writing validated by publishing?   That is the tougher question.  Validating your work through publishing can increase our confidence and motivate us… but why?  Is it just to see your name on the cover?  I tend to look at this from the standpoint of the reach my work actually gets. Publishing can definitely boost our confidence and drive us to do more sometimes, but when your work doesn’t draw interest in the form of unit sales, that confidence can turn into a depressed attitude and become more…