Why we write

One question that gets asked often of writers is “What got you started as a writer?”

I think most writers will answer that nothing started them, they always knew they wanted to write. They wrote stories in elementary school and took creative writing classes in high school and college just because it gave them an excuse to write down the stories in their heads. And when they thought they were ready, they began publishing those stories and were publicly acknowledged as the writers they always knew they were.

Then there are those who never thought of being a writer until they read a book so bad they threw it down and said “I can write a better book than this.”

About 90% of these never do because they start and realize it is much more difficult than it seems.

But some go on to learn about the craft and eventually do finish that book.

And some of these actually get published.

And of these, some  may go on to write another book…and another…and another.

And there are those who dream of being a writer but procrastinate (school, career, parenthood) until one they they are galvanized into action. They may share their dream with a good friend who gives them the stink eye and inquires “So why don’t you ?” My wake-up call came with a cancer diagnosis that jarred me into the realization that if I ever was going to write a book I’d better get started.

And book number seven is due to be released soon from Clean Reads (formerly Astraea Press). Not my seventh book with that house, but the second with this publisher.

To celebrate, I’m offering you a chance to win a free Kindle copy of  “A Question of Boundaries.” For directions go to my Facebook page and leave a comment. That’s all! I’ll announce the winner on release day for the sequel, “A Question of Loyalty.”

And I leave with one final “Question” — why aren’t  you writing?









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