Monday, August 28, 2006

Diapers, Desire and Discipline

I can remember having a love for books at a very young age. My favorite books were Nancy Drew Mysteries. They were just more exciting than the neighborhood kids.

Later, my reading tastes turned more toward romance. My mother is a big reader too, and sometimes I'd flip through her books just to read the "naughty" scenes. A curious girl by nature.

I didn't really write anything other than long notes to friends and journal entries until I was 21. In '94, I quit my accounting job to stay home with my son. The first book I bought, in the grocery store, was a Sandra Brown book. I was hooked - on the words, on the way things flowed together. I went from diaper duty to a desire to write my own novels. My first attempt was a romantic suspense which made the most sense because I adore romance and mystery. It's probably still collecting dust somewhere around here. After awhile, I took a course from the Institute of Children's Literature. I loved the one-on-one instruction and discipline of deadlines, even had one piece shown some interest by a magazine editor (the story ended up not being used), but as soon as I completed the course, I returned to writing romance. It was kind of an on-again/off-again experience as life always seemed to get in the way.

As most writers will tell you, writing isn't all fun and games. It's a long, hard road with lots of pot holes and detours when you're least expecting them. That's been my experience, anyway. I take these unexpected changes when they come and keep moving, sometimes more like a frightened slug than a determined writer, but the key is to to keep moving; keep writing, keep submitting. And if I've learned anything, both as a writer and mother of two boys, it's to expect the unexpected.

I received the latest newsletter from a writer friend the other day and one thing that jumped out at me was the part about knowing who and where you are at this point in the (writing) game and where you want to go before you can ever hope to get there. Interesting point. And after struggling with some self doubt issues recently (don't we all?), that was just the point I needed to get me back on track.

I'm working on a new romance piece now, along with some poetry. I'll have updates soon.