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First time writers: Ready, Set, Bleed!


Even though I’ve been writing for years, this advice is still relevant. It reminded me to step back and really remember what I need to do.

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First time writers: Ready, Set, Bleed!

The day has arrived, you tell yourself. This is the day I’m going to become an author! No more working at McDonald’s or that dead-end office job. I’ve got a best seller in my mind that will take the world by storm! So what do you do first?

Don’t give up your regular job unless you are able to afford it. If you have a spouse that earns a decent income and you’re working just to have something to do, talk it over with them. You may have a great story to tell, but wanting to rely on that one idea  to earn money is the quickest path to ruin. Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither is a book. You will become annoyed, frustrated, and angry. Many times you will question your decision to become a writer. You will feel alone and…

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Author: Julie Holmes, author

Pen names: J. M. Holmes, J. M. Goebel A fiction writer since elementary school (many years ago), and NaNoWriMo annual participant for a decade, I've been published in small press magazines such as "Fighting Chance" and "The Galactic Citizen". I write adult mystery with a touch of romance, mystery with extrasensory elements, contemporary fantasy, and epic fantasy, and I'm represented by the fabulous Cynthia Zigmund of Second City Publishing Services. In real life, I am a technical writer with a family of two teens, a wonderful hubby, one cat (what writer doesn't have cats??), two dogs, two chickens, and more chipmunks, squirrels, and rabbits than any garden should have to deal with. My garden, our hobby farm, and Nature's annual seasons are some of my muses.

6 thoughts on “First time writers: Ready, Set, Bleed!

  1. Thanks for sharing this. I need to hear these words of wisdom every once in a while.

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  2. Agreed! I might have to put some of these on note cards to keep them handy.

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  3. A wonderful reminder for writers on why we do what we do and the numerous obstacles we face. Sometimes I think we end up taking for granted what goes into writing a novel. It’s a lot of hard work, but it’s it’s also a regular part of our life and we accept it. But when you step back and think about it, really look hard at everything that makes a book a book….Wow. Just wow! Kudos to us! 🙂

    Thanks for sharing such a great post, Julie!

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  4. Thanks, Mae! As you said, it is a great reminder. Despite the amount of work we know it takes, we can’t stop writing. To stop writing is to jump fully to the other side of that line between sanity and crazy, rather than just toeing it 🙂

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  5. Where is the photograph taken on your banner? It reminds of Rhosilli, the Gower Coast, Wales.


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