Sunday , 22 April 2018

Carpe Diem Y’all: Living the Writer’s Life

“The scariest moment is always just before you start.” an excerpt from Stephen King’s On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

November is National Novel Writing Month, also known as, NaNoWriMo, amongst those in the know.  According to the official website, “National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing on November 1. The goal is to write a 50,000 word, (approximately 175 page) novel by 11:59:59, November 30.”

Challenge Accepted.  Do you want to play?  Whether you see yourself as a writer or not, what a fun way to get a taste of what the writer’s life is all about.

I think I will try my hand at writing a thriller or a ghost story, a real page-turner designed to give readers a spine-tingling jolt of adrenaline to keep them on the edge of their seats.  A story, so suspenseful, that if the dog happens to bark at the postman during said reading session, the reader screams and throws the book across the room.

No one has perfected the craft of this type of storytelling more than Stephen King, whose five city book tour puts him in our fair city on November 11, 2011.  King’s novel “11/22/63” hits bookshelves on November 8th.  A Real Bookstore in The Village at Fairview will be hosting the onstage appearance at McKinney North High School, where King will be reading excerpts from his book and taking questions from the audience.  If you were lucky enough to get a ticket to this sold-out event, I will see you there.  Otherwise, stay tuned, and I will tell you all about it later.     

Personally, I’ve written a couple of novels, neither of which will ever see the light of day.  Novel writing is fun, but make no mistake, it’s hard too!  My hat is off to my writer buddies who do this type of writing for a living.

Though not my preferred genre, the process of novel writing teaches me much about myself as a writer.  It opens me to new ways of approaching my preferred genre, and, it helps me develop routines that work for me.  For instance, on the front side of writing an article or a column piece, like a novelist, I spend a significant amount of time researching, interviewing, gathering background information and creating outlines about the subject at hand.  If I do this well, it makes the actual writing process so much easier, and, I look forward to what I call Writing Day.

On Writing Day, like many novelists, I rise early and turn off all ringers.  I unplug, yes, unplug from the internet.  I might even stay in my jammies till I’ve knocked out all writing projects.  On a great Writing Day, this is accomplished around the same time I pour my final cup of coffee.   On a not-so-great day Writing Day, it’s not unheard of for my hubby to return home from work to find me sitting in my jammies staring blankly at the computer screen.  On those days, dinner conversation can get a little stilted.

“What did you do today?” he asks.

“I worked,” I say.

He stares blankly at my computer screen.

So far, even on not-so-great Writing Days, by the grace of God, work gets cranked out.  I don’t question this when it happens, I just say something along the lines of “thank God!” as I plug back in to hit the send button and shoot my submission  into cyberspace, with an added prayer that it will be to the liking of the receiving editor.

The bottom line is this:  I love everything about living the writer’s life, and love, Love, LOVE, that with, you can enjoy the writer’s life as well. gives you the tools, and the support you need to fully engage and fully participate in the writer’s life with me.  Do you want to play?

We all have stories to tell.  Don’t you think it’s time to tell yours? 

Carpe Writem Y’all, Michele



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