Do you have a story to tell? Has a creative vision wandered into your mind in the quiet moments when you first wake up? Do the details pepper your mind while you’re driving, or taking a shower, or while you are trying to concentrate on a task at work? Do you ever read other people’s books and think that you can write something even better?
Perhaps you’re one of the multitudes of untapped storytellers with a unique, creative voice that is waiting to be heard, and interesting, exciting characters that are waiting to leap off the page into the imaginations of countless readers just like you!
“Yes!” you say with a growing nugget of intrepid anticipation. You’ve always wanted to weave that story into fruition and share it with others, but you don’t know where to begin, or believe that you have what it takes to manifest your vision. If any of this sounds familiar, maybe it’s time to do something about it.
As a professional editor in the publishing industry, and a writer who has worked on manuscripts of many shapes and sizes I can honestly tell you that writing that first book will be a labor of love that will bring you to tears as well as laughter, test your will, and shred your convictions. Learning how to pull that vision out of the ethers of your mind, distill it, organize it, and convert it into a cohesive, tangible tale for others to read isn’t for the faint of heart or weak of mind. Writing any book is a journey of discovery in which you will find out just what you are made of, what drives you, and what drives you crazy. You’ll research more than you could ever guess, learn how to let go of what isn’t working, and how to embrace new ideas that spring from nothingness into your mind like water that boils forth from solid rock.
Writing your first book will push you farther than you ever thought you could go, carry you to new heights and sink you to new lows, but the rewards are so exhilarating that when you wake up and find yourself on the other side of the journey, the final page beautifully complete, a sense of accomplishment so deep, juicy and sweet will flood your system and leave you wondering how you could have ever contemplated not doing it. You’ll be a new and better version of you, the one who didn’t give up, the one who pushed through the challenge and emerged victorious—a writer, a storyteller, a visionary with something to say. Your work will enter the vast network of human words that across the ages have wrought smiles, sobs, love, hate, inspiration, revolution, comfort and remorse to those who read it, be it just one, or one million.
Are you ready to begin the journey? The WriteIT! blog on my website, will be my attempt to set your sails and get you moving in the right direction, a map to guide you from prologue to epilogue, and navigate the many treacherous pages in between. Like any good guide, it will leave room for the uniqueness and evolution of each person who begins the journey, while providing the tools to get you thinking and writing along the path that works best for you.
I look forward to sharing my tips for writing, organizing, and editing your work, as well as hearing from aspiring writers with questions about how to move forward. I hope you subscribe to this blog and join the adventure in writing!
Cheers from Ireland!