Great article about the benefits and drawbacks of indie publishing.
Part I of this blog summary focused on my personal experience contracting with a small press. On the whole, it was a valuable learning experience, especially for a new author who knew nothing about anything. My publisher treated me fairly and respectfully, I improved my craft and happily published 6 books. For many authors, this […]
What does it mean to tell a story?
Stories from various cultures have been passed down from generation to generation, some through oral tradition, some recorded in writing. The idea of story is what being a fiction writer is all about.
How many of us have sat around a campfire telling scary ghost stories, or been to family gatherings where Uncle Bob tells stories from his childhood or his military days? Humans live for stories. We read them, tell them, watch them on TV or the big screen, and create our own. It’s what we do. As writers, we see stories all around us. Our creative minds develop stories and create characters to act them out. Story is the essence of writing.
Writing has always been a part of my life. As a child, I loved creating stories and making up characters. I wrote short stories, drew illustrations for them, and shared them with my friends. I kept a journal full of song lyrics I liked and wrote daily diary entries to reflect on my thoughts and feelings from the day. When my family would go on vacation or day trips, I brought a journal with me and kept track of the activities we did and the cool things I saw. It was rare to see me without a pencil in my hand.
In Jr. High, my love for writing branched out beyond short stories and personal reflection. I was introduced to the research paper and began a love affair with poetry. I received several awards for research papers I wrote and explored the various elements of poetry writing.
My freshman year of high school, I had several poems published in my high school’s literary magazine. I even earned a college scholarship for a poem I wrote that was later published in a national poetry collection. During this time, I also began playing around with writing fiction. I started off just creating stories in a notebook, most of which I don’t even have anymore. By the time I graduated, I had several notebooks full of stories I had created. The Scrubs series began in one of these notebooks.
I started the series in college, as a hobby more than anything. Back then I wrote only for myself, so the entire story was kept hidden from anyone else’s eyes. Over the years I added to it, changed it, and deleted unnecessary scenes and characters. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I mustered up the nerve to let a dear friend of mine read the entire series. She, and several others, finally convinced me to publish it.
The Scrubs series has grown with me. I wrote the four books during different stages of my life. Scrubs was written mainly during my college years. I wrote Sand & Sutures after I was married and while I was raising two young children. Beyond the Hardwood and Center Stage (both currently in revision) were written together, during a time in my life when my kids were teenagers and making their transition into the adult world. The different stages in my life are reflected in the different books. As I grew, my writing and the characters grew with me.
To this day, I still create stories in my head. These stories have to be told. I write them down, sometimes at inopportune moments, and refine them into full-blown novels. Some ideas are more vivid to me than others, but when I sit in front of keyboard to write, the characters come alive and the story develops on its own.
I wish I would have kept some of the stories I wrote when I was younger. Those journals were full of ideas, and I probably could have used some of them to generate more novels.
Tune in tomorrow morning, July 11th for Great DaySA , KENS 5 from 9-10:00a.m. to see me and other authors as we promote the 2nd Annual San Antonio Indie Book Fest! 📚📚
See you all on Saturday!
Post script: Making an appearance on a live morning news show was an interesting experience. Live studios are busy places.
We participated in the live studio audience, watched each bit, and went live to promote our upcoming book fest. Overall, it was fun and entertaining. Hopefully we’ll get a few locals to show up on Saturday.
I know many of you are thankful for the freedoms we have in this country. None of these freedoms would be possible if it wasn’t for the men and women who serve in our military. I am married to a former 82nd Airborne Army paratrooper and many members of my family have served in the military. Our troops need support, and every little thing helps.
If you’re an author, one way you can offer your support is to send signed copies of your books to Authors Supporting Our Troops. They are in desperate need of books to send to our troops as well as addresses of troops/ soldiers in remote areas to send the books to. I have sent signed copies of my books to this organization for the last two years. If you are an author or know an author, please help by sending your signed books to this organization.
My contribution to #ASOT2016
The Who’s the Author Contest begins today. Come join in the fun.