Lessons from My Journey Through Writing

When I first delved into this writing adventure I thought it would be easy. In some respects it has been, but in others it has been a slog. My journey through writing began about six years ago when I attended the Pikes Peak Writers Conference that is held annually in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Since then, I have been blown from one book to another.

After that initial conference I was jazzed. I wasn’t necessarily looking to write “the next great American novel”, but I was excited to write the book I always wanted to read. Six years later, and five attempts later, I am still working to find my groove.

I did edit my great grandfather’s memoir on his railroading days at the turn of the 20th century. It was published privately with only three copies in existence. What did I learn? Even with something already written out it is a long road to publication. What was the worst mistake? I misspelled my grandfather’s name on the cover and on the title page.

I am working on several other books that, one day, will be completed. As I’m writing this post, I think of the first two attempts as stretching my legs. I got the feel for writing, editing, critiqueing, querying, re-writing, and re-doing everything. I discovered what I liked about the stories and what I hated about them, then drew from those lessons to start a third book.

The book I’m working on now has been my favorite. It is fun, light, and airy. I am learning that as an author I am better at seeing the lighter side of life which helps me to stay upbeat when I step back into my regular life. I am excited that this third attempt is also seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

Writing is not easy. If you are just starting out on this journey, I would say to you…try everything. In order to find your way through this journey you need to follow paths that might take you to dead ends, swamps, or it could very well take you to paradise. Most of all, enjoy the journey.


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5 thoughts on “Lessons from My Journey Through Writing

  1. Congratulations on your book. I tried twice to write novels, but neither attempt was successful (or even completed). Who knows. Maybe I’ll try again. Third time could be the charm? Anyway, thank you for the inspiration!

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    • I have heard that success sometimes comes to the last one standing. I’d rather find it among many others, but when I reach a particularly down day I remember that all I have to do that day is to keep standing.

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  2. How interesting to hear about your writing journey, and how exciting that you’ve found your groove with book three. I like that you can recognize the gifts of the first two as bringing you to this point now. Good luck as you continue!

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