Build It And They Will Come

As I sit in front of my computer, I’m overwhelmed. I do love to write… when I can find the time. I also love to cook, but that is a story for later.

My love of reading and writing is deep and sometimes surprises me. As I look back, I truly wish I could have known much earlier in life what I now know about myself.

I never knew what I wanted to be when I grew up.

In the last 10 years, I’ve discovered my keen interest in murder mysteries, forensics, and how to keep readers slightly off-kilter until the very end.

I love authors James Patterson, Nora Roberts, Kay Hooper, Catherine Coulter, Rosemary Rogers, and the late Kathleen Woodiwiss, to name a few. I love murder/suspense mysteries as well as a good steamy romance story. Although of late, I’ve been up to my eyeballs in FBI thrillers with Noah Bishop, Sherlock & Savich, and of course, Washington D.C. police detective Alex Cross.

In the last decade, I was an advertising copywriter. That stint taught me a lot about writing good, tight copy. Now that I’m dabbling in fiction, I can see that those same writing rules apply to this genre.

My biggest problem is life… it gets in the way.

I’ve read several of my favorite author’s websites and they all have one common theme—the secret is “Butt-in-the-chair” writing time. I have to get over my procrastinating tendencies and get in the chair.

It seems simple, too simple. But if you don’t sit down to write every single day, you won’t become a very good writer. After all, writers write… right?

So, I’m here to force myself to get down to the business of writing. No excuses. Every day for the next year I must sit my hiney in this chair and write. Even if it is only a few sentences.

I was in a quandary about where to start and what to write about.

Last night I was watching the movie Julie & Julia,  when it felt like a thunderbolt struck me. Julie wanted to be a cook like Julia Childs. She decided to get started by writing a blog about cooking all 524 recipes in Julia Childs’ landmark cookbook, “Mastering the Art of French Cooking.” She gave herself a year to do it.

My light-bulb moment came as I looked at all my “How To” writing books. Aha! I can do this same thing. I’ll start with the James Patterson Teaches Writing Master Class I joined last year.

I’ll write each day about my progress and pitfalls. I fully expect to earn my writing chops as I embark on this journey. I have other courses to get going on too. All in due time, one step at a time. One word at a time.

And as I do this I will be putting in my chair time and getting to know my writing rhythm.

I’m excited.

I’m pumped.

As other struggling writers find me, I hope we can support each other in this wonderful online world.

There, that wasn’t so hard after all.

Here is to Day 1!

See you tomorrow 🙂

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