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Reinventing Yourself as a Writer

By on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 in Reinvention as a writer | 2 comments

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This is a prequel blog.  (Sort of like how a novella comes out before a novel.)
I’ve been invited to be on the Ruby Slippered Sisterhood blog (www.rubyslipperedsisterhood.com)
 on Thursday, May 23rd, as one of their series of Golden Heart finalists. I’ll be talking about…me. Specifically, what I did when I hit a brick wall in my writing that helped me up to the next level. (The next level being two Golden Heart finals this year—but I’m not published yet.)

So on a related topic, today I’m going to talk about some advice on reinvention that I got from some seasoned writers this past weekend at my chapter conference.

I think everyone hits their own brick wall—more likely multiple ones at different times in our careers.
Every writer, from novice to seasoned professional, has to continually re-evaluate their writing on multiple fronts—before you publish, it’s what is my true voice? What are my strengths? What kind of story should I be telling? 
And during a career, it sounds like the same questions must be asked as well.
This weekend, I heard a panel of three longstanding authors who discussed keeping your career afloat in rough waters.
The panel was comprised of Duffy Brown, LuAnn McLane, and Donna MacMeans.
They all said—write a story you’re passionate about.
Find you strengths. If you don’t know, ask your friends. They will know.
Reinvention involves working with your strengths, finding an angle that is unique but fully yours.
Be brave.
Keep writing.
You have to love writing THAT MUCH—if you can think of one reason you shouldn’t do it, maybe you shouldn’t.
You have to write something you are enthusiastic about, that you believe in with all your heart. Fake enthusiasm shows. Real enthusiasm sells books. Your writing has to touch your own heart and your own emotions.
Learning discipline now gets you through the hard times later. Writers that survive keep producing.
LuAnn McLane ended the panel with this advice for us when we question our choices or when we have tough decisions to make about our careers:  Always remember how much you love reading. Reading brings joy to people through tough times by making them laugh, cry, and feel many different emotions.
We were readers before we were writers. Who among us doesn’t love to read! And I think that’s a good thing to remember when we face the brick wall.
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