As I sit in front of my laptop with one hand in a cast I think about what I should write. I’m not new to blogging, but it’s been a while since I blogged. What is truly the purpose of a blog? I read somewhere that it’s to build readership.
Readership is what I’m after. I am an aspiring romance writer. I still have yet to make my first sell, but I believe I am well on my way. I’ve joined two organizations which offer critique partners, advice and guidance on the publishing industry as well as conferences and oodles and oodles of information. I try not to berate myself for not joining earlier.
I’m smart, did fairly well in English Comp, but the things I’ve learned over the last few months, is mind-boggling. I’ve learned more about Point-of-View and Active vs, Passive voice than I did throughout my school career. There are even words or phrases editors don’t like to see. I didn’t know that either.
When I embarked on my publishing career for the second time. I’ve self-published two books already, but I’ll save that for another blog. I prayed. That may sound silly to some of you, but I believe God gifted me with this talent for writing and with any gift, if you don’t use it you lose it. Think the parable of the talents (Matt 25:14-30 or Luke 19:12-28) I promised Him I would write a Christian romance, if He would send me someone to help me with my writing.
God answers prayers. Not only did He send someone to help me, a very talented author whom I’m blessed to call friend, but he also gave me the idea for a Christian romance. I completed the manuscript during NaNoWriMo, that’s National Novel Writing Month. For the entire month of November I was obsessed with making my 50K word count and thank God I did. Sure I have to go back and tweek the manuscript, but God is yet working that through.
In the meantime I have two submissions being reviewed by editors and working on a third. The only way to get published is to keep writing, to keep being rejected. Every rejection is one step closer to ‘yes’ and I know I’m on my way to a ‘yes’. In the meantime I’m soaking up all the information I can. Writing is a learning experience, if you stop learning your craft it dies. I’ve go to keep learning.
This is Decadent Decisions maiden voyage. I hope you like what you’ve read and hopefully you’ll follow my progress through the publishing industry and maybe we can both learn something along the way.