I am a writer who has had some success being published. My main impediment to a successful writing career has been raising three sons alone and working a full-time day job.
I’ve taken a few Writing Courses and found all of them to be helpful. I’ve been advised by two instructors to find an agent.
I thoroughly enjoy writing. I enjoy research. I enjoy people watching. Often when I pass people I wonder about them. I also wonder “what if?”, which is said to be an excellent story generator. What does it look like they’re doing? What if they are actually doing this?
I try to notice details of places and people and events. While action drives a story, details help people feel as if they are really there.
This blog is to help me write daily about my writing career. I tend to be a perfectionist and will linger on one part of an idea until I’m sure it’s correct. This helps me get it “right”, but it also slows down my progress.
Each day I will write something about my writing career. This will hold me accountable for doing something with it daily. Hopefully by this time next year, it will be my main job. My current main job interests me a great deal as well. I am a teacher. Sometimes I write about teaching. My most recent article about teaching was published in Teachers of Vision Magazine and can be seen here https://ceai.org/resources/member/teachers-of-vision.html on page 4 of the TOV Fall 2012 issue.
I’ve actually now had another article published in Teachers of Vision Magazine. The first one was about The Classroom Read Aloud; the latest one was “How to Get Your Students to Write More!”, but I can’t find an online link to it.
I’ve also had a Letter to the Editor about the Presidential Election published in Poets & Writers Magazine, Nov/Dec 2016 issue. http://www.pw.org/content/letters_60
While I began this blog writing about the writing process, I have evolved into writing about other things that interest me. Today I wrote about Donald J. Trump winning the White House.
In 2015, I became ill and had to quit my job. It is late 2016 and I am beginning to improve. (I was hospitalized for a week in March 2016. Less than a week after getting out of the hospital, my little 15 year old dog was attacked by a Pit bull and when I pulled him off her, he decided to attack me as well. Back to the hospital I went. She survived, although she also needed expensive medical attention.)
I’m still a writer, but have slowed down a bit due to health issues. As I improve, I write more.
I bought James Patterson’s course on Writing and in going through it, I realized “I know this”, so my studying the craft is over, and I will continue to write and hope someone somewhere reads and enjoys the things I write.