Today is my Romance Writers Ink meeting. First one of the year! Chuck Sasser is our speaker (thanks Linda T for asking him!) and I can’t wait to hear his program.
I look forward each month to our meeting. Love those women at RWI! When we’re all talking about what’s going on in the writing world, the noise level can get a little loud.
That’s a good thing!
I can’t wait to catch up.
I try to be encouraging to the newer members. Especially those who’ve submitted to critique. It’s hard to put your work out there. You have to let others, who may not know as much as you, tell you what’s wrong with it without arguing. And they’re usually right. Ouch!
Then you have to smile and say thanks!
Writing isn’t easy, even though everyone who made it through first grade can do it. To be a real writer you have to work at it a lot! (I do, anyway.)
I’ve noticed over the years how easy it is for people to get discouraged and quit.
Many who join a writers’ group tend to think they’ve got writing figured out. Most of them know way more than I did when I started! (Probably more than I do now. LOL)
But there’s more to it than just getting the grammar right or getting a story on paper. There’s no magic formula, no matter what the big boys say.
For most of us, it’s not something you can toss off on a weekend and send out in the mail on Monday morning to make a truck load of money. (Although you’ll hear stories about “my friend who did.”)
Very few people get rich writing, but there are those who make a nice living. Not a lot, but some. 🙂
I know the secret to success. (In addition to learning all you can and putting yourself in the best position you can.) Whether you want to be a writer, an artist or even a dentist.
Here’s the secret:
Keeptoitness. (Yep, that’s a Susan word.)
The-little-engine-that-could action. Tenacity. The ability to keep working at something, even when you’ve failed again and again, and you don’t know why you have to keep trying.
But you do. You have to. And you will.
If the writing is honest it cannot be separated from the man who wrote it. — Tennessee Williams