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On Writing – part two

April 22, 2010

I had a couple of “AHA” moments yesterday. I was having a particularly good day, with the launch of our new corporate blog  that I have been working on for months, I was busy talking to potential bloggers, editing blog articles, tweaking and sharing it across social networks. Kinda fun, really. I’ve enjoyed talking “writing talk,” to the bloggers (of course), and feel like this is becoming a good fit for me for the 9-5 gig. I have to love what I do– whether it’s daytime or off-the-clock, so things are good. And if there’s writing involved, I’m lovin’ it.

So, that was one of my AHA moments.

The next one came after I shut down my work computer for the day. An email popped up up on my new Blackberry (I’m addicted already) from an agent that I had connected with a month ago. She had asked to see the first three chapters of the novel I’m working on. Yah! After some back and forth, I shared that I would get it to her soon — polishing it, and all that, to be sure it’s agent-ready.

Her note reads “Hi Gwen, I just wanted to follow up on this query (I believe I responded some time ago requesting to look at some material). Are you still looking for representation?”

I was thrilled that she was reconnecting with me (doing happy dance) and it also gave me just the kick in the ass I needed to get busy(er) on the book. She’s waiting to read it! Wow. To a writer, even if it’s just those initial first chapters, an agent asking to read your work is the first hurdle. Done.  So, the AHA moment, a reminder really — WRITE.

And the last AHA moment (and I guess they are all really one AHA day?) was that evening when I attended a media event, where I ran into an editor I worked with years ago. I had only ever communicated with her by e-mail, and 5 years later I meet her at Turner Field. Very cool.

I  wrote in my January entry “On Writing,” that you just have to write, if you’re a writer. Be true to your craft, because no one else cares — and they don’t. You have to care. You have to keep writing, if you are truly a writer. And yesterday, I felt like a writer. It was a good day.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. April 24, 2010 6:39 pm

    Good for you on your good news and happy writing!

  2. April 24, 2010 6:42 pm

    Thanks Barbara! Today is a good writing day – Rain, rain, and more rain.


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