Ever see this silly bumper sticker? My kids would be the first to tell you to heed that warning if following me; I get lost in a 10 mile radius of my house! Not because I don’t pay attention to signs, but because I try to absorb everything around the signs.
That’s what writers do, right? Use our keen observation for detail?
Well, I’ve been lost. But that’s not news to you. My focus and my writing has been driving in circles, getting off at all the wrong exits. Or maybe not. That’s how we learn about our surroundings. Exploring. Trying a new route, taking it all in.
However, to be a published writer, one must come down to Earth and observe the signs around them. Otherwise we’re just wasting gas. (And with the cost of fuel these days, that’s not advised.)
I’ve received signs that I’ve been ignoring for some time now, years, to be honest. I am a Fiction Writer. That’s it. I write fiction, I breathe fiction, I read fiction, I teach fiction. So, why am I researching nonfiction markets, jotting down ideas and then cringing at the task of writing these articles? Because it’s not my route. It’s just not.
Believe me, it’s scary for me to say I’m not going to take on every opportunity that lands in my inbox via market lists and contest announcements. Because I always thought, the more you write and submit regardless of the topics, the better known you’ll become. But, known for what? The ability to regurgitate mass amounts of articles, tips and fillers on numerous, unrelated topics? Writing all over the map. Not smart. Not for me, anyway.
So, my new path will be to focus on my fiction writing and teaching.
I plan to merge my two blogs here into one happy home at Writers Inspired. This will allow me more time to write concise focused posts and more time to write and revise my novel-in-progress.
I hope my current readers will benefit from the fiction writing tips, inspiration, author interviews and the occasional rants I’ll share. And I hope to encourage teachers to follow and find helpful ideas for their students, as well as provide a place for young writers to explore, learn and experiment with occasional calls for guest posts.
In the meantime, I’ll be at the rest stop, planning my next point of interest on this newly chartered journey. Happy Writing and stay tuned for the changes!
“Your only concern right now should be to write. Write your book. Write it well. Then rewrite it even better.” ~ Louise Doughty, author of A Novel in a Year