Wednesday, February 5, 2014


I have an idea that the only thing which makes it possible to regard this world we live in without disgust is the beauty which now and then men create out of the chaos. The pictures they paint, the music they compose, the books they write, and the lives they lead. Of all these the richest in beauty is the beautiful life. That is the perfect work of art. W. Somerset Maugham

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I'm not sure what the above quote has to do with today's post, but I like it, and when it mentions "the books they write" I started thinking. (Now, that's serious.) We write our views of the world, whether the real world or a fantasy world, whether past, present, or future. For me, I hope readers will take something away from what I write, something that will encourage them, inspire them, or just entertain them for a few hours.

Writing isn't easy, at least for me. I see other authors that seem to speed through their creations and have a new story written while I'm still pondering on mine. I'm slow. I stare at the page where a handful of words are written. I delete and write something different. No, that isn't right. I start again. But I love to write, and I want to write. Sometimes I work on a story for years before it's completed to my satisfaction.

Then I send it off. Get a contract. YAY! (Though not always.) And ....
More edits. And I thought the story was perfect. Haha. Finally, months later I'm holding the finished book in my hands, or reading it on my e Reader.

The lesson here, authors, is persistence. When my story is going nowhere, I go along with it, cause it may end up in a most delightful place. And if I stop because the going gets rough, I'll never see what might have been. I'm hoping this is true of the story I'm working on now.

How about you? Are you a slow writer, too, or do the words fly from your fingers and reach the end of their journey in a hurry? Hop on over now to the above links and see what others have to say today.

Happy Reading and Writing

Also, to celebrate Valentine's Day, I'm having a giveaway. My books for YA readers are not exactly romance stories, but they do have the boy-girl liking each other stuff. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment, either about the above post or a special Valentine's Day you remember. The winner can choose from one of the following novels. Random Org will determine the winner. Be sure to leave your email so I can contact you. Good luck.

A ghost who doesn't want to be a ghost.
A girl who wants to forget her ex-boyfriend with the lying lips.
A 100-year-old neighbor who talks in riddles.
A handsome sax player who changes everything.

When a girl who plays classical music and rides a horse teams up with a boy who writes country ballads and rides a Harley to find her father who has been kidnapped, almost anything can happen.

What's a girl to do when her mother runs away with the drummer in a rock band, her friendly relationship with the boy on the neighboring ranch turns serious, and a handsome college guy with a bad reputation takes an interest in her?

Caves, Cannons, and Crinolines is the story of Elizabeth (Lizzie) Stamford and her family's daily struggle to survive a changing way of life during the American Civil War. This is a story of fear, courage, and understanding that people, no matter where they live, have the same needs: love, peace and security.

A paper found.
A secret revealed.
A girl's life changed forever.

Ah! Young Love.


  1. Like you, I am a slooooow writer! But if I tried to rush myself, I'd get even less done.

    I love that quote about beauty out of chaos. I just visited the Museum of Tolerance with my sons' 8th grade class yesterday. That quote reminds me of the powerful books that were created during or because of the Holocaust.

  2. Persistence is a great word for writers. I, too, work on my story until I am satisfied. I don't give up on it. My writing of the original story sometimes goes fast, but my revision is slow. And a story is not finished until it is revised and made the best it can be made. I'd love to win Caves, Cannons and Crinolines. Thanks for the give a way.

  3. That's me, too, Julie. Remember, the turtle won the race. :)

    The museum sounds awesome. I hadn't thought about it, but different world events have produced wonderful books.

  4. You have the right attitude, Janet. Never give up. Best of luck with your writing.

    Caves took a long time to write because I did so much research. To me,it was worth the time and effort.

  5. It depends on my inspiration. Sometimes I'll visualize a scene and pound out a couple thousand words. Other times, I'll sit and stare and barely break 100. It all hinges on if I have to write a segment vs when the segment is fighting to get out.

    But like you said, never give up! Never surrender!

  6. Yes! I am a very slow writer. I take as if not longer crafting the idea and an outline than I do actually writing.
    Let's just say we are about quality not quantity, all right?

  7. Yes, Lori. It's wonderful when your characters take control and the story moves along.

  8. I'm a fast writer, but that's no always a good thing because I don't always have the time to write a draft from start to finished because I have editing jobs on my plate too. So while I can write a lot in a day, I don't always have that luxury, and that throws off my process.

  9. Oh it is so nice to meet another slow writer. I'm on year 5 of my novel (my first ever. That quote is lovely.

  10. You always amaze me with how much you do, Kelly. You must be very organized, and being a fast writer would help.

  11. I hear you, Karen. The novel I'm hoping to submit soon was started in 2010. Yes, Slow. :)I think it's almost ready.