But I want to be a writer now!!

Short post today since I’ve got a killer day planned.  I  have a post up at Supernatural Summer about how the jobs you do before you find publication help you later after you DO find publication. Enjoy!

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31 responses to “But I want to be a writer now!!

  1. Lesley

    I love that article! And it works for other fields too- it’s how I convinced a college to hire me as a professor: I pointed to my alter ego and said, “If I can bellydance in front of hundreds of people in a sequinned bikini, I can face down a roomful of college kids, no problem!”

    Well, OK, it probably also helped that I also have a PhD in biology, but….

    Thanks for all your encouragement of budding writers! I put down the researching and the fretting and the organizing after your order, and have now plowed almost 20,000 words into my new novel. Woo! And I don’t mind waiting ten years. It took me twenty to figure out how to get *here*, after all.

  2. Jason in FL

    Kim!

    It has happened! I have been picked up by a publisher in NY🙂 I am so happy!

    PS. I am sorry if you have answered this but when do you start on Book 11? or has it been started?

    • Jason! That is fantastic! I hope it goes perfectly for you. Congratulations. Do the happy author dance!
      I should start on book eleven right about at the end of the year.

  3. Wahya

    Hi Kim,

    So do you set time aside to write or do you do like my other half and have an idea pop into your head and then Guy losses you for hours on end?🙂

  4. mudepoz

    I guess I’ll wait until I grow up before I become a writer😉

  5. Roh

    Hey Kim!! How are you? I loved the second book of Madison, and I wanna know if you already know when the third book will coming in stores?! Thank you. Byee!!!

  6. Thanks for the helpful words, they are very good advice. Now that I about it, if I can face p….. off Federal Judges, demons and vampires shouldn’t be too hard.🙂

  7. JanisHarrison

    In my observation, being a successful/published writer is a lot like being a successful performer: “How do I get to Carnegie Hall?” “Practice, dude, practice.”

    Bless you, Ajaxheart. It’s never too late to start. You’re way ahead of me, and I’m 62 and only now starting to flex those creative muscles. Yes, certainly, a nom de plume from the start is good. Sometimes our “legal” name just doesn’t catch the reader’s eye. And some writers use different pen names for different genres.

  8. Jenn

    I have always wanted to be an author of course I don’t have your imagination but I would still love to publish a good book. Any tips on finding a publisher that is willing to look at my work?

    Jenn

    • Hi Jenn.
      I’d advise taking your first three chapters and a synopsis of your completed manuscript and going to writer conferences where agents and editors go to find new talent. Good luck!

  9. Everett Davenport

    Me, too. Waiting impatiently for ‘Earl’ to show up and see what I have to repair.

  10. Hello Mrs. Harrison,🙂
    Long time no write from me, lol, my new job has me busy!! I have an office…o_O (said with a very surprised tone of voice).
    One of the things you have said that have always stayed with me is that writing is patient, that it waits for you. I love to quote this, to myself and others.🙂 I would love to be a published writer one day, but I know in the here and now, I’m not good enough yet. I will be one day.🙂 Meanwhile, I’ll be patient in my work. Patient with myself. Patient with my words. And Patient with my characters.
    As you have taught me.🙂
    Good luck with your day and don’t burn yourself out ma’am.
    Alyss

    • Gosh, Alyssa, you have it. 😉 It will come if you just keep at it.

      Have fun in your office! Like I said, my three years in an office setting taught me to type.

  11. I subscribed to all the writer magazines and books. I enrolled in every English and writing course I could afford. Between writing and submitting short stories, I sent endless articles to magazine publishers until I finally sold a one-page article for $100! Then War, Marriage, children, health and Fate, broke me. Now, at 65, thanks somewhat to you, I’ve dredged-up my writing passion from the Abyss it has been hiding in for the last 40 years. I hope it isn’t too late for me. At least now I have all that life experience you mentioned. Thanks for the words of wisdom, Joe W.( Ajaxhart), BTW, what are your views on using a “Pen Name”, right from the start?

    • It’s not too late, Joe. Never too late. You have more tucked away in your head than most of the editors in NY, so take some time and put it on paper. You might be surprised at what comes out. And have fun with it!

      Pen names . . . Lots of reasons to use one. I took one when I started writing for a new publisher-leagal reasons. Some writers change their name when shifting genres, and people in high profile jobs might take one to “protect” their business name.

  12. LISA

    All I can say is “Thank you.” I needed that right now:) A Thousand Blessings.

  13. RebeccaC

    I don’t want to be a writer – can you believe it?! I mean, I would love to, but realize that I don’t have the drive, discipline or (most importantly) talent for it. However, I think I could get into the copy editing scene. One of my delights when reading a book (besides enjoying the actual story telling) is finding mistakes. Yes, I’m odd but, there it is.

  14. Thanks for sharing the post, Kim! I am most definitely in the “I want to be a writer now!!” camp. Mainly because I grew up in the video game era. It’s ingrained in me that if I just whine and bash my skull against the same obstacle a million times, EVENTUALLY I’ll get rewarded with what I want. Haha!

    You kept yours short because of business, and I’ll reciprocate for much the same reason. Have a good day!

  15. Jenn

    That is a great way to put things, Kim. One day I would love to be a published author, but I know that it will be a long, hard haul to do it.
    Thanks for writing such an encouraging editorial.