Good morning all! We have guest Mona Karel visiting us today with an interesting perspective on writing. Enjoy!
Do NOT Get Between Me and My Book
I recently took a break from writing to vacation in one of my “other worlds,” spending a week at a large gathering of my favorite breed of dog. This included five days driving to and from, and no real time (or inclination actually) to write.
A brief rest after arriving home, and I was ready to tackle that work in progress. I opened my e-mail to a message from someone I’ve know for decades, dredging up past slights and bizarre accusations. I know this person isn’t the most balanced of my acquaintances, and thought I could shrug off her rants. In fact I thought I had. Instead I stewed over the memories she dug up out of my past, and examined every one of her accusations for truth. And...I didn’t write.
Obviously I was more tired from the trip than I realized. It took two full days to realize I had allowed her the power to come between me and my book. For years I fought my job, my life, and myself to put writing first. Lo and behold, first chance I had, I let this nonsense take over one of the most important components of my life.
Maybe all writers aren’t intrinsically insecure. I’ve met many, long term and new, published or unpublished, who believe completely in themselves and their words. Naturally I measured myself against them, and found myself just not quite up to their strength. Foolish, yes, but knowing myself has become the first step toward making myself a better person, and writer. I’m not them, I’m me. No worse, no better.
If you managed to stay with me throughout this whine, then may I offer this bit of advice. Do NOT let anyone, including yourself, get between you and your book. We want to write well but we need to write often and the rest will come along as we allow ourselves to be the writers we are meant to be. I will now stumble off my soapbox and get back to writing, after I introduce you briefly to Bethany Acton, a writer of all things, who is a main character in my most recent book, Teach Me To Forget. Bethany never suffers from writer’s block–hey, we can all dream!
Teach Me To Forget
Her past was behind her...or so she’d thought.
Bethany Acton has come a long way from the day she was an abused child-bride of a dissolute jet setter. Now divorced and single, she writes for a lifestyles magazine, lives out of her motor home, and answers only to her boss—when he can find her. She has overcome her horrendous past and taken control of her own life. But when Jonathan Merritt, a rising star in wildlife photography, enters her world, she learns that control is a tenuous thing.
His past was despicable, but it hasn’t affected his future...until now.
Jonathan knows he has met the woman with whom he wants to spend his future, but first he must admit his role in her past. Afraid the truth will turn her against him, he tries to gain her trust and affection before confessing. But the longer he hesitates, the harder it becomes to tell her. Can Jonathan gain enough of her love and trust for her to forgive what he did—or will his past indiscretions destroy his only chance for happiness?