3 Books Changed my Life in 3 Months

3 Books Changed my Life in 3 Months

I’m not exaggerating.

The first book to impact my life was Stephen King’s book titled, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft. I’m sure every writer or wannabe writer says this book inspires them. But I wager that few writing lives and habits changed as dramatically and irrevocably as mine after reading it. The crux is, King’s personal journey and his writing habits became habits I needed to emulate.

The second book is titled, Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey. In it, Currey gives us 161 mini-biographies; snapshots, about the habits and rituals of writers, poets, painters, dancers, etc. Artists! I was spellbound by how fellow artists worked. All different, yet I found three common threads among most of them. 1) They wrote every day, mostly in the morning, 2) they took long walks for exercise and/or inspiration, and 3) they maintained their schedules unapologetically and without compromise.

The On Writing memoir and the mini-biographies in Daily Rituals put me on a solid path. I went from writing anywhere from zero to 179 words a day to cranking out 1700 to 2200 words a day. I told you! I got serious. I not only say I’m a writer these days, but I KNOW I’m a writer.

The third book is my own novel of course, Born of SinIMG_9709. My debut novel. My launch baby. My first entry into the world of authorship. I’m proud of it.

I’ve just reached the 100-pages point in the sequel, titled Born by Fire. With my current writing pace, I intend to finish the first draft by mid-March. That gets me to publishing it in August or September, if all goes according to plan. I’ll keep you posted.

My goal is to write at least one novel or non-fiction piece per year, for the rest of my life. I want to have a career like Stephen King’s. I’m doing my level best to write as close to 2,000 words per day as possible, and even walk four miles a day like he does.

My recommendation to you is to read all three of these books, for obvious reasons. I pray they inspire you and impact your life just as they’ve done for me.

Steady. Surely. Unapologetically and God willing, I intend to stay on the path, with my eyes on the prize.

Write on!

The Best Writer He Knows.

The Best Writer He Knows.

What a boost I got today! My husband said to me, “You’re the best writer I know.” Not only did he say those amazing words, but it was how he said them that made me feel so great.  He bestowed his unsolicited compliment on me with a breathless excitement, a deep sincerity and a smidgen of awe. Well, that’s how I perceived it. He could have been breathless from running up the stairs for all I know.

Be that as it may, it was fantastic to hear such praise.

My soon-to-be-complete first novel is coming along nicely. I just wrapped Chapter 20 and let him read it. He was excited about it but gave me a few suggestions.

I’m so fortunate to have his input. The slightest suggestion he gave me for what one of the characters does when he enters a room has made all the difference in the outcome of the chapter. My husband’s input is invaluable to me. [I hope he’s reading this so he can see my appreciation carved into the cloud.]

Every time he gives me a suggestion, I’m reminded of that Tyler Perry’s movie, Why Did I Get Married, Too.  In it, Janet Jackson’s character Patricia and her husband are negotiating terms for their divorce.  When he says he wants half of her book money, she says to him, “What page did you write, Gavin?” I love that line.  It always makes me laugh and it’s kind of a running joke between us when he tries to give me too much advice. I used to reject his suggestions but now I listen a bit…

Although it’s my story and I’m writing every word, my husband’s suggestions have great merit.  When I finish, I look forward to proudly giving my beloved husband his due on the dedication page as my sounding board, my counselor and my check and balance for what a male character, written by a female writer, would or would not do and say.

I’m excited about nearing the final parts of this book-writing journey. This has been a long time coming but I can finally see the light of completion–in the distance.  Thank you all for your prayers!

Write On.