Not For the Faint of Heart

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I’ve been thinking about my journey to become an author and what I’ve learned thus far. I am a novice, and this is a journey like no other I’ve taken. However, it seems to me that all that I’ve done and experienced prepared me emotionally for these hills and valleys. Writing is an art form that lets me and many others escape to a place of freedom to capture emotions and thoughts and lay them down on paper in such a way that makes more sense than if we used spoken words. Our language becomes comprehensible, and it can deliver a message that can be felt and understood. While that’s good and therapeutic for the writer, there is another need to consider. In fact, it’s the most important one: the reader’s need. This is an author’s major goal; otherwise, we’d be content to write in journals and simply archive our writing. The specific need may be to educate, entertain, or explore. This is not an all-inclusive list. Whatever the need you’re trying to meet be clear about your intent.
Having a four-year-old has helped me get some perspective as a children’s writer, for sure. However, I acknowledge that not all four-year-olds are the same. Still, it’s beneficial to gain perspective from children, attempt to imagine again, and see life through their eyes. We must imagine and create like we used to do before there was the pressure of time and the realization of impossibility. Besides children, there’s another audience to consider. Yes, it’s parents and others who help them read and bring the characters alive in a dramatic way, which is not a simple and easy task.
I wrote and started the process of writing my first and second books without using any writer’s tools. Since then, I’ve found a few that are quite helpful. The Author Leaning Center is the first resource I found ( They offer webinars and recorded videos from credible experts in writing and publishing. I have also gleaned tips and tools from free webinars I find through social media and writers’ blogs. There’s a lot of information out there. Focus on what you need to learn in the moment, and just keep adding to your toolbox. Another great resource is the Self-Publishing School (SPS) There is so much value presented in their complementary webinar. I enrolled in their Marketing course after struggling with clear plan on how to market my first book. I was Immediately embraced by a community of writers who were eager to share, support, and connect. If writing of any form is your passion you will feel at home at SPS and get all the tools you need to be successful.
Now, after your research, write, re-write, edit, re-edit, and contribute to the creation of characters and images, not everyone will like what you produce. Well, that’s true for everything in life, right? We can’t please everyone. Rejection is sure to come, and it does not feel good. So, don’t be caught by surprise. Decide how you’re going to handle rejection when it comes. Stay focused and determined to learn and grow from every experience. Don’t give up. Become a disciplined writer.

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