Sunday, July 27, 2008

How I Started--Writing, That Is

Why did you decide to write a book? Have you always had the creative spark burning inside you?

Not quite.

I've lived most of my life convinced I didn't have a creative bone in my body. Maybe I still don't. But then, you don't get your ideas from bone. At least not often. I hope.

I've read romances on and off for a long time. But after I spent a couple of years drowning in romance novels, I found it harder and harder to find something I liked. My favorite authors can write only so fast, and the second string I was left with, I didn't like.

What to do? I can write better than that, I told myself smugly. (Rule number one for new authors--lose the adverbs).

So I tried. And, lo and behold, I had ideas. Whether or not they were good ideas was beside the point. I wrote something.

And I wrote. Sometimes I was on a roll, and sometimes the Flood of Creativity was dammed by the Beaver of Writers' Block.

But I kept at it. Why? Stupidity, maybe. I have one novella, Lady of the Stars, under contract. I have two full length novels I'm rewriting, and a half-finished Halloween story. I have something.

Now if I can just keep the momentum going. At this time, my writing career and my website are in the same condition--Under Construction.

Thank you all,



Kaye Manro said...

Good post, linda. I love the part about losing the adverbs. I see bad grammar in some of the well known writers a lot. Still, those who are not well established must follow many rules, really, all writers should follow such rules. Something my friend, Scott Nicholson said comes to mind: "In this day, we write disposable books. Since I've published eight books, I don't even think my editor reads what I write anymore. It's crazy, really. Some writers can write the worst crap and still get published."

Well, not so for us!

Linda Banche said...

Hi Kaye,

Thanks for coming over. I wondered if anyone would see this post.

You're right about the adverbs, and I try very hard to lose them. As you can tell, I put that one in on purpose. And yes, a multi-published author can get away with things we newbies can't.

Kaye Manro said...

Well Linda, I'm just hopping around today online. Glad to leave comments on fellow writers blogs. And you and Christina inspired me to post today on my own blog too! If you are still around check out my ruminations if you get a chance.

And I think a lot of people will see and read your posts! Some will leave messages, some won't.