|The Jupiter House in Denton TX--my favorite place to write in the whole world|
After retiring 10+ years ago, I decided to get serious about writing, something I’d dabbled in my entire life. Could I writing anything worth publishing? Did I really want to?
Long Story ShortWell, yes, I did want to, and yes—after a few shaky starts and the expected rejections, I found myself a published author.
So was the time and effort worth it? Most definitely!
holding MY book in MY two hands
the acquisition of new skills related to traditional as well as indie publishing
new friends (characters) and new horizons (their lives)
honing observational skills while traveling or just out in public with an eye to how a scene, a word, a look might translate into a story
so many new facts from research to make stories credible
unexpected monetary compensation
Learning that writing is, for the most part, a solitary
making necessary and often painful decisions to trash and
start over when a story just wasn’t working
Long hours of editing and formatting only to have to do it
all over again
thinking I’d found a home at
this conference or in that group, only to realize I wasn’t willing
to play the game