Dreams

I didn’t always know I wanted to be a writer. It wasn’t until I was 23 years old and my new husband asked me what I wanted to do with my life that I realized my dream. “I think . . . I’d like to try to write.” And despite people telling me I was crazy, despite my being dyslectic, despite receiving a trunk full of rejection letters, I hung in there. I pursued my dream. But success didn’t fall in my lap. I worked hard for it. I still do!

When I couldn’t seem to get a book accepted by a publisher, I started writing articles for magazines—lots of them! If an editor suggested I learn something that would make me a better writer, then I made sure I found a class that taught whatever it was I needed to learn. And I wrote, wrote, and wrote some more. Because the old adage about practicing making perfect is true. The more you practice your craft, be it writing, painting, or whatever, the better you will get. As it turns out, “they” knew what they were talking about.

I also read many, many books. Who better to learn from than successful authors? As I read, I dissected their books. I took note of their sentence structure, scene development, and yes, even their punctuation. The authors I love were some of the best teachers I ever had. They all helped me become a better writer.

Because when an editor sits down to read your work, they want it to already be good, even better–great. So after I had polished, and polished a manuscript, I still didn’t rush to put it in a envelope and send it out to a publisher. I then got my writer friends to read my work and give me an honest critique. Now . . . you have to be careful who you hand your manuscript over to. If this person is someone who loves you, you will have to wonder if they will just tell you that they loved the book even when they really saw that it had some weak spots. And if you hand it over to someone who just doesn’t understand what you are trying to write, they might tell you to change things that shouldn’t be changed. If you hand it over to someone who just doesn’t care about you at all, their comments might hurt so much that they stop you from wanting to try. So you see, you need to pick the right person to read your book and give you feed back. I suggest finding other writers and after you feel as if you can trust them, then swap your stories and offer each other constructive criticism. But remember even if you get feedback from another person, only you can be certain what you feel is right for your story. Through my career climb, I have made lots of writing friends, and I know we have helped each other become better writers.

My advice to the budding writers out there? Read great authors and learn from them, take creative writing classes or workshops to help you develop your talent, and write—a lot. And don’t just spend all your time rewriting the same book. Finish a book and maybe do some revisions, but then start writing a new book. Every time you write a new book you learn something new that you wouldn’t have learned just rewriting the old one. Then get with other writers to form a critique group to help each other. Your strength might be in sentence structure while your friend’s talent is with writing great plots. By working together you both can offer insight and wisdom to help the other person grow as a writer. And if being a writer is truly your dream, then never give up!

So, tell me, are there any writers out there? If so, what do you like to write? While I hate not being able to offer critiques (my publisher doesn’t allow it), I love hearing about your writing dreams. And maybe even through my blog you might find another writer that you can team up with to help each other.

Murder By The Book Signing

Last Saturday I signed books at Murder By The Book in Houston, Texas. I was there with Jordan Danes, Tracy Deebs (aka Ivy Adams), and Ellie James, and I have to say, I had a blast. Chatting with my readers is one my favorite things about being an author.  I have some very interesting and supportive readers! So a big thank you to all those that came out to meet me and hear me speak.

 

D. J. Librarian was even kind enough to bring me some homemade wolf shaped cookies. (Guess we know which team she is on!) I wanted to keep them forever, but they were just too delicious! I wolfed them down for breakfast. (Pun intended!) And did you notice the cover of Taken at Dusk in the photo? The release date is getting closer and I can’t wait!

 

8 thoughts on “Dreams

  1. Well, I’ve tried out writing. I mostly write paranormal and sci-fi YA stories, but recenly I haven’t had time to write anything because of school -which sucks because I have no creative outlet other than drawing.
    I enjoy writing but every time I write something and go over it again, I end up rewriting the whole thing. Multipe times. And then I’m still not satisfied.

  2. I have been writing for a long time (to me at least it’s long), mostly fantasy stories, yet my problem always seems to be finishing the story. With so many ideas running through my head, it’s tough to get them all down and straightened out. So when I do start writing, I write as much as I can before the muse leaves me, and then it might be a few days, a few weeks, or even a few years before I even work on the same story. I guess this is because I lack discipline to keep going until the entirety of the story is written to where I can re-write and edit. However, even with this semi writing handicap, I do dream of writing a novel, and perhaps what I do need is to attend workshops or creative writing classes in order to see that I get over the humps and just FINISH.

    I’m really glad you enjoyed the cookies, CC! And as I said before, they look so great with Taken at Dusk. 😉

  3. Reading for me was always good, but I did not read for fun. Four years ago I started reading for fun and I can’t stop. When I write it is just for me. Some time I will write about a book just to get it out of my system. I enjoy reading and I can’t not stop. I write and read for fun now. I think I will even take some writing class, and who know I just might be a writer some day….. I am so happy Taken At Dusk is coming out pretty soon I can not wait to read it…XOXO

  4. I have been writing non- stop sense fifth grade. My teacher, Mrs. Maxwell, had a student teacher working with her and I will never forget the day that she told me how good I was at writing. She lifted me up and ever sense then I write all the time. I do have an issue with not finishing whatever I’m writing though because I think of something better to write. But to be truthfull, I can’t stop. I LOVE it. I know that people probably think that if you like to read and write you’re a geek or a nerd, but what they don’t understand is that that’s how some people express themselves- through words. I think that if people like to write, they will go farther in life than people that don’t. But that’s just me. I hope to be a YA author one day and I hope that I will write books that people will enjoy. Can’t wait until Taken at Dusk comes out!! Love you C.C. Hunter!:)

  5. I LOVE writing. I have the same problem as everyone else that has commented so far though. I can’t seen to find the ending. Most of the time I will have a dream and then incorporate it into my story, but with one of my books I can’t seem to find how to start it…I have the middle and end, just don’t know how to start it…hummm. I haven’t ever taken any writing classes, but my aunt is a teacher so she helps my out a lot! My best subject in school is English. It’s my best suject because we do a TON of writing in it, and thay makes me happy, so I work hard in that class! I love writing, but I need to work on making myself sit down and think! 🙂

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  7. I agree with most of the people that have commented so far. I rewrite something or get writers block constantly, and then I can’t remember what I had wanted to write before I had actually started writing. It’s also kind of hard for me to write just the beginning and end.. Because I haven’t decided what I want to happen in the middle of my story. School is starting soon for me, so it’s going to be a lot harder to write with my super busy schedule too.

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