The following post I wrote in January 2022. Better late than never? Here’s to new adventures.
I’ve never considered myself a great writer. Actually, I barely even considered myself adequate. I did fine in English classes, but it took me forever with LOTS of revisions until I felt I was ready to submit the assignment.
But, I have ideas – so many ideas. I can glimpse strangers interacting at the grocery store and mentally start constructing a story. Within a minute, that glimpse can morph into a whole scenario and I have already sided with one of them and agree that their aunt, who I just invented, is overstepping her bounds and needs to be stopped.
Putting my thoughts/words in public for others to read was not in my life’s plan. But, a job change that created free time, along with a story idea that I can’t forget, made me realize I want to try. I have an award-winning, self-published friend who I have watched bring her ideas to multiple books. She makes it look easy. I know it is because she works hard, but also, she is so talented. I am fortunate that I have someone that I can bug for information.
The amount of information needed to succeed is tremendous. There is the story itself – plot, characters, conflict, etc., then all the rest of what to do with the manuscript when finished. I was surprised to learn that writing the book itself is only a small portion of the learning curve.
One of my most anxiety-producing discoveries is that new authors are expected to actively self-market their books and brand. This is not one of my strengths, but it is the reason to start a more active social media presence.
Through this blog, I’ll document my journey to becoming an author. All my triumphs and failures – are out for public scrutiny.
I love learning new hobbies and I’m having a blast – here’s hoping it continues!
I’m guessing no one is going to say that I made it look easy…
Carrie Sharkey Asner, Author