04 December 2010

Getting side tracked - The writer's bug

My absence from blog land over the past few weeks is not because of a lack of interest, but because I have been side tracked, to fulfill one of my lifelong ambitions to have a book published. I have written a lot over the years, but some how events have always conspired against me, so nothing was ever finished. Maybe it was just that I did not have enough motivation - I am over that hurdle now.

What I have come to appreciate is that writing is hard work. It takes a combination of dedication, inspiration and motivation. What I have also found is that what seems good today sounds trite tomorrow, so it is a case of edit, edit and re-edit.

If I was only working on one book it would probably be much simpler, but I have been working on five. A novel, a short story and three children's books. When the inspiration strikes, I just go with the flow.

I have completed one of the children's books, which is intended to be the first in a series and I am now preparing for the next hurdle. It is one thing completing the work and another getting it published. 

So, if you do not see me around for a while, you now know what is keeping me busy.

Hopefully my track will not be like this one. This is the aftermath of a storm and particularly high spring tide in September 2008. 

8 comments:

Diane said...

Congratulations, Max! Writing a kids' book is one of my dreams. Is Sue going to illustrate it?
Hugs,
Diane

Lynda Lehmann said...

Good luck with all five!

I have written a lot for children but stopped when the Art Muse kicked in full force, so I hope to get back to it someday. I have four novels! All finished except that two of them still need the last chapter! (maybe the hardest chapters to write...)

Naquillity said...

congrats on finishing your first children's book. wishing you all the success in publishing because that track doesn't look so well. good luck on finishing all your other writing as well. have a great day.

shabby girl said...

An author friend told me once, one of the biggest reasons a book gets published is because it was finished. So hard.
Good luck!

Rose said...

Cingratulations on finishing a book...if it gets published be sure and let us know.

Firefly said...

I'm looking forward to see you books as they come out. Well done. I have such dreams as well. In particular a photographic coffee table book.

sonia a. mascaro said...

Just great! Congratulations, Max!
Let us know when it was published.

Anna said...

Max-e that is amazing. Congratulations, wow 5 that is big number. You are so right about writing, I find it that there are days I cannot put any thought on the paper (just talking about blogging). Well let me know when you get them out, I will be glad to include the links on my Story Blob blog (I have side column just for that, my friends published books). Anna :)