Month: March 2014

WRITE, BABY, WRITE – BLOG

Foreword: Just Between Us

     Welcome to Write, Baby, Write: You Can Do It! Together we will carve a trail and delve into one of the most rewarding pastimes of a lifetime, writing. The winding path transforms the traveler as well as those who share the journey.

     Many surprises await us once inside and we don’t want to miss them. We will encounter authentic and inspiring stories exposing our vulnerabilities as we stretch to the edge of perceived boundaries and push outside our comfort zones. No stone is left unturned.

     I’m betting you are past the point of grammar and spelling exercises or you would have chosen a Writing for Dummies book instead. While “conjunction junction” has its function, this book doesn’t linger on the parts of speech. You will not find dangling modifiers or onomatopoeia references here. However, you might find yourself humming along to the old Schoolhouse Rock song as we begin our journey.

     I love a heart-to-heart chat with kindred spirits and can’t resist discussing creativity, muses, and storytelling. Along with the wiles of wordsmiths and other writer’s candy that only we can get excited about, personal experiences are shared to move you towards your next step on the writing journey. I will share what has worked for me, the tried and true, but also what I am afraid to try. Fear, writer’s block, editing, and even the ‘m’ word (marketing) will be encountered on these side excursions. These are part of the overall writer’s passage too.

     The purpose of this blog is to ensure that you don’t miss a thing. Whatever writing means to you, Write, Baby, Write, is the perfect companion. The Write, Baby, Write chapters are meant to stand alone, so browse to absorb for your immediate needs and then come back for more inspiration when you reach a new point in your writing. In this Blog, I will pull out some helpful tips and words of encouragement from my book and share insights from some of our favorite authors, publishers and fellow writers!

     Reading is a luxury when we are called to write. A fellow writer can relate. Therefore, this book jumps to the meat and bones of writing with no fluff. There’s “no time to say hello, goodbye! I’m late, I’m late, I’m late.” –White Rabbit

     It’s time to write. The time is now. Stop being the deer in the headlights. Instead, stare down your fears and dare yourself to write. If you want to be a writer, declare and introduce yourself by saying, “I am a writer.” Do not clarify, justify, or downplay. Say what you mean and mean what you say.

     P.S. My hope is you will be inspired to blow the dust off the writing draft from the bottom dresser drawer, or have the courage to embark on a brand new journey to fulfill your call to write. Perhaps you need to connect with like-minded writers just to know the abnormal is actually normal. Our paths may never cross, but take comfort in knowing we are traveling the trail in one accord.

I’m always interested in other writers’ stories and journeys. I would love to hear yours! If you have an inspirational anecdote or clever quote to encourage fellow writers, please email me: shelly@tornadovalley.net

Be encouraged and challenged today! Here’s to your next book,

-Shelly

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