June 15, 2011

You have to start somewhere

I've decided to try my hand at the world of blogging. This is my first post and since I have no followers, I'm not expecting anyone to read it. That might be a good thing because I have no idea what to write about. When I'm working on a book it's easier; I have specific goals. Here I feel I'm just rambling to myself.

I started this blog with the intent of focusing on my experience with writing books and trying to understand the world of publishing. Hopefully one day this will be a frequented site for all those wanting updates on the release of my next book!

For now it may be more of a journal, or perhaps even a venting ground. 

I began work on my book DEEP BLUE SECRET almost exactly a year ago. This is a working title only. After polling friends and family, this one received the most votes. I like it. I think it has a certain mysterious ring to it. But my original title SOLACE (no matter how horrid and cliché) will always hold a place in my heart. I admit, it has a bit of a self-help feel to it, but for me, writing is a form of solace in itself. I think that's why I chose it.

It all started the week before Mother's Day 2010. I dabbled in writing here and there, journals, writing classes, my own wacky made-up greeting cards for family members, but I never thought of myself as a writer. When my mom said she didn't want gifts this year but would prefer something written from the heart instead, it sounded like a burdensome chore. I put it off for days. I finally buckled down and decided to write about childhood memories. To my surprise, once I focused, my fingers wouldn't stop moving across the keyboard. I was actually enjoying it. In fact, I would even call it therapeutic.

After my mom read the memories, she made one little comment. Something like, You know, you write really well, almost like a real writer would. Maybe you should do it more often. And the light bulb turned on in my head. She had no idea that her little bit of encouragement would change my life forever.

Well look at that! I guess I had something to write about after all.