March 26th, 2015
Writing is not my hobby. No. It may have started like that. I enjoy writing and it is something that I always thought myself doing.
That is when it became my job. As soon as I started thinking of myself as an author and deciding that it was going to be my job, I had to make that my mentality.
And there were three steps I had to follow to see it through:
1. Learn my craft – Just as it is with any job you have to fully know your job. You need to know what to do, how to do it, and the ins and outs. You need to immerse yourself.
And so I immersed myself in writing. I began taking online writing courses in how to write a novel, I attended writer’s conferences, and I asked the experts. I am doing everything that I can to make sure that I can continually learn and better myself.
2. Treat it like a job – When writing was my hobby, I did it as I had time. I did it when I wanted to. I can’t do that when I have a “real” job. You have to show up, be on time, do your work.
And so that’s how I began doing it. I have to show up every day and write. It doesn’t matter if I have the muse. It doesn’t matter if it is 10:00pm and I am exhausted from school. I have to write. It is my job.
3. I call myself an author – This is the most important part of calling writing a job. YOU as the author have to see what you do as a job. If you call it a job, others will see it as a job. The result will be that it WILL turn into a job. You will start bringing in revenue, even if it is not self-supporting yet, but that can come.
So yes, writing is my job. I am an author. That is what I’ve always wanted to do with my life and it is now coming to fruition.
March 12th, 2015
Recently, I’ve been delving into the habit of reading more writing books to help strengthen my craft. And the first book for the job was “Writing for the Soul” by Jerry B. Jenkins, the author I’d had met at my writing conference.
From the Back Cover:
In Writing for the Soul, best-selling author Jerry B. Jenkins takes you on a personal and inspiring journey, imparting experience and wisdom gained from his impressive writing career. Unknown in his early days, Jenkins persisted in his passion to write, and his story reveals the rewards that can come to writers who put in the hard work and keep their priorities straight. Jenkins shares the honest and straightforward truth about how to find writing success and why the journey is a continuous one. With heartfelt advice and intimate anecdotes that will satisfy writers and fans, Jenkins discusses: the skills and abilities required to build an exciting career, breaking into the industry through reporting and writing for small markets, establishing and maintaining a professional image, and how even experienced writers should continue to learn and grow. Writing for the Soul is filled with Jenkins’ autobiographical stories–including many of the famous people he’s written about–and the lessons he’s learned from his decades of experience in the writing and publishing world.
5 – award winning covers
Reading Jerry’s “Writing for the Soul,” challenged and encouraged me in my writing journey. There was so much to learn that I feel that this is one book that I will have to keep coming back to glean even more knowledgeable tips!
One thing in particular that I loved about the book was Jerry’s stories. Somehow whenever something is put into a story mode, it becomes so much more clearer. Jerry writes in a way that makes it easy to understand what he is talking about.
Out of my many underlined notes, here is what stuck out to me the most: “But I fear that if I’m not growing, I’m stagnating. There’s no reaching one level and staying there.”
I’ve been inspired to keep growing, learning, and never to stop working at my writing. If Jerry Jenkins is still learning, then I should too!
Author Jerry B. Jenkins
March 5th, 2015
Those words are just a conglomeration of words that I think of when I think of “Writer-to-Writer.” Writer-to-Writer was a conference I attended back in January at the Hershey Lodge. It was a learning experience and a great place to improve my writing, as well as a time where I could be with other writers (and of course my dad!!)
My wonderful coaches – Shawn and Suzanne
“Have higher aims, not lower achievements.” -Cec Murphey
I attended the conference due to the recommendation of my coaches, Shawn and Suzanne Kuhn from SuzyQ Coaching. I am continuing to learn so much from them, especially about marketing my book and myself.
Author Jerry B. Jenkins
I was also able to learn from Cecil Murphey, Jerry B. Jenkins, Kathy Ide, Terry Whalin, and Lori Roeleveld. The topics ranged from fiction, non-fiction, blogging, marketing, publishing, and just WRITING!
“The best writing comes from humility” -Jerry B. Jenkins
The next Writer-to-Writer conference is in September. If you enjoy writing, thinking about writing, or are writing, I’d encourage you to go! It was the best experience of my life and I wouldn’t have changed it!
And lets not forget it was all at the Hershey Lodge!
It was great fun having tons of Hershey bars and Hershey kisses!
Spending it with my dad was even better!
The best coffee shop!!