This writing game is all about confidence. You have to believe that what you are doing is worth doing. That people will want to read what you have to say, and maybe even pay for it. If you don’t believe this, then why put pen to paper at all (or fingers to keyboard)?
There are those who use writing as a form of therapy and fill pages with their thoughts, dreams and worries. But if you’re a story teller then there has to be someone to hear the story. Whenever I write, I think about who my readers might be and what they will think and feel when they read my words.
Some people may call it false bravado, but last December I quit my library job after 20 years in order to follow my dream, to be a writer. I know there’s many people out there who are writers while also working and raising families, and I’m proud of them, but I had trouble myself with getting the writing done after working all day and commuting two hours a day.
I’m sure I have a lot to learn, and for a few years I’ll be rather poor, but I needed to follow my dream and make the career change to story teller. I hope you’ll follow along with me.
I’m getting some short stories published and will be posting links to them under the page tag “short stories”. When the novels are finished, their links will also be posted under their own page tag. My regular fiction and mysteries will be published under my own name, but the fantasy fiction will be published under the nom de plume, Erica Carnea. (If you know latin and your plants, you’ll get the joke). Links to these stories and novels will be linked together under their own page tag.
Since today is St. Patrick’s Day, I have to let you all know that I am half Irish, I have been to Ireland and I have kissed the Blarney Stone. Hopefully the Irish love of gab and their long literary tradition will serve me well.