I’m Still Learning
Good morning and Happy Monday!
This past week has had my emotions running the gamut, from slightly depressed (Maybe just feeling sorry for myself is a better way to put it) to Euphoria. And believe it or not, with each step and each emotion I have learned some new things along the way.
Come May I will celebrate my first anniversary as a writer! Boy I have learned a lot! With still a long way to go!
I think most of everyone has heard about Robert Fulghum’s book
All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten
Well for me that’s not quite true. I still can’t draw or cut a straight line.
But I wanted to share a few things that I have learned this past year.
1. Anyone can be a writer. No really! We can all put words down on paper. It’s how a person tells the story, that’s the catch.
2. Not everyone will like what you write.
3. Even when you think your story is as good as it can get, it can still get better.
4. Writing is hard work.
5. Not everyone you know will be supportive.
6. Never publish your book on create space using the full color interior option.
This last one I found out just the other day. I published my novel “The Good Dr. Grant” and I have one color photo instead of a B&W photo inside, of my son’s dog and because of that the printing costs are outrageous! The lowest price they will let me sell it for is 41.55. So I don’t plan on selling too many copies, but at least I’ve learned something.
You can get the e-book for free tomorrow April 17th here
There are other things I’ve learned this past year. One thing has to do with #3
The novel I wrote for NaNoWriMo, “Chris’ Journey Turning Different Corners” I felt it was finished, I even queried it. I picked it up the other day to start formatting it and…Okay so it needs some help. The story is there, the dialogue is there, there’s description, but…
With all the different things I have learned from authors and writers and blogs, I know I have to format it. I know that some of the punctuation isn’t there. I also know that I wrote it in a telling style instead of a showing and there is way too much he said, she said. I have never considered myself to be a perfectionist, but I always try to do my best and take pride in what I do.
No matter how much you think you know, there is always something new to learn. I also learned that according to the Myers-Briggs psychology test, that I should be a counselor. Actually, I had considered that profession in college. You can take their test here…
http://www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/jtypes2.asp Very interesting assessment.
Counselors have an exceptionally strong desire to contribute to the welfare of others, and find great personal fulfillment interacting with people, nurturing their personal development, guiding them to realize their human potential. Although they are happy working at jobs (such as writing) that require solitude and close attention,”
Well that’s pretty much it. Here’s to learning! Cheers!