Monday, July 9, 2018

What is Your Write Path? by @MaddieJames

It is my day to blog. I forgot.

It's 7:34 pm in my neck of the woods. People probably aren't interested in reading belated blog posts by now. But it's my day to blog.

So I'll blog.

Sort of.

In fact, I think I'll cheat-blog. Yes, that is a thing. I just invented it.

Sort of.

So, for my official monthly blog post here this evening, I'm going to share with you a passage from a current non-fiction book I am working on titled Discovering Your Write Path to Publishing Success. It's a work-in-progress. Any typos or editorial mistakes you see here are all mine. My editor hasn't gotten hold of it yet.

Here is my pearl of wisdom for today.


So here you are, thinking about writing. Maybe you’ve done more than think about it. Maybe you’ve already drafted a novel. Published a few articles. Written a letter to Dear Abby. Drafted a note to your kid’s teacher.

Or maybe not.

Maybe you’re not so certain you can do it. Perhaps you’ve been told it’s a silly idea. Nothing to come of it. Nice hobby, perhaps, but let’s get real, you can’t make a decent living writing. Can you?

CAN YOU?

The thing is, maybe that doesn’t matter.

Maybe you just want to write. You don’t care about a career. You just like to string words together into pretty sentences. Perhaps a writing career would get in the way of the rest of your life.

Or the rest of your life might get in the way of your writing career.

Been there. Done that. On both counts.

And then again, maybe you DO want a writing career. Maybe your goal is to support yourself with your writing. It can happen. Right?

Sure it can. There are ways.

But the thing is this—whatever Your Write Path, remember it is yours alone. Yours. You can write only for yourself, or you can write to make money. You can write for your great Aunt Sally, and that’s cool too. And as long as you are happy, and you do what you want to do, then life is good.

Truly, it is.

Remember:

Writing is not a competition.

Don’t compete with others. Compete only with yourself.

Know what you want. Educate yourself about how to get it. Plan and act. Work hard and persevere. Give it time and whatever your Write Path turns out to be, you’ll find it.


Or it will find you.
What led you to this point in your writing journey? When did you know you were a writer? What’s your story? Write it here. Now.

Let's chat.
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Maddie James writes to silence the people in her head. The author of nearly 50 published short stories, novella, and novels, she writes steamy romance fiction in several romance subgenres. As Sophie Jacobs, she writes sweeter contemporary romance and women's fiction. Besides writing romance fiction, her own Write Path spans 30 years of work, including magazine, newspaper, and academic journal articles, educational texts and curriculum, and cookbooks. 

Discover Your Write Path to Publishing Success will release in October 2018.

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