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There comes a point in your life when you want to do something that you actually love. For most of us it remains a hobby, an afterthought in the daily grind of life. For others, we dare to take it to its limits, an all or nothing situation. We must continue to work a full-time job in order to keep a roof over our head, and food on the table, but you will find our fingers tapping away as darkness falls. We find ourselves at our day jobs thinking about the next scene and wait patiently until we can steal moments to sit down and put it on paper. We tend to talk to ourselves in the shower, on the way to work and iron out the wrinkles to perfect a plot

My first novel, “the hunt for the healer” took me three years to write. It probably would have taken longer had not a huge chunk of time been afforded to me to stay home. I was like a little kid at Christmas sitting down at my computer and being able to pay full attention to my work in progress. Either way I was determined to finish my book whether it took three more years or not.

Which brings me to the point in this blog, even if you cannot cut out eight hours in your day to give solely to writing, steal the minutes when you can, and before you know it paragraphs will get done which leads into chapters and voile….your book will be completed. Of course, then comes the time staking process of editing your book, but I have a few suggestions there for you as well.

You could contact your local college in your area and ask if one of their professors could edit it or perhaps one of their top students would be willing to do it for a small fee, (College students are always in need of a few bucks and most find it exciting), just keep in mind that they are not perfect and you will still need to go through it yourself at least a dozen times to check for errors.

My second suggestion is a program called Grammarly, there is a free version which checks for minor errors but I chose to pay the year fee and got the middle package which is awesome and I highly recommend it.

My third suggestion, is read it over and over again until the thought of reading it makes you ill. This part is easy to do, everyone gets a lunch break, so read. Kids in the tub playing before you wash them, read. You are sitting outside waiting for your dogs to go potty, read.

No matter where you are in life, if you have the passion to write and you want to share your fantasies, history subjects, plays, poems or whatever why not do it? I self published and it was the best decision I could have made. Not only am I doing what I love to do but I am making money while doing it. SrS

2 Comments

  • Kim Atherfold

    I came across your blog randomly and LOVE the way you think and your easy to the point style, and I agree with your point of view. I’ll try and be brief (a problem I have with writing and telling!). I do not know if you give advice, but here goes. I lost my job randomly at age 60 three years ago and couldn’t get another one so started my website. I had already been writing two novels one almost finished (been like that for 3 years now) and one about 10k words. That all stopped when I lost my job (I have a Masters in art history, just one of my passions). My problem is I write (work on an article for my website) five days a week for 6 hour stretch, I have been doing that since I lost my job and have only made $1k in that time from my writing. I love it and want to make money from it, but have no idea (and not much money) how to do that. I am naturally suspicious of almost everyone in ‘social media’ and marketing institutions. I would save up the money to pay someone if I could be certain it would be worth my while. I think I am an OK writer, some very good and some not so good. Everyday I say to myself, “I must finish my novel”, but then think “No! You must work on your website, in case some one sees it and hires me!” The quandry of how to promote yourself to the right people when you are both not really interested and also obtuse in those fields. A quandry that is not going away anytime soon. Thank you for brightening my day with your words.

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