13 Nov 2013

Wednesday On Writing: Why I Write

I write to breath. I write to inspire, I write to encourage.

Writing has always being part of me for as long as I can remember. Even before I could spell my name, I would spent time hiding away from the eyes of mankind to trying to write. Or I would invent stories and play with my imaginary friends.

Last week at my writers’ group we agreed that we don’t write to become rich. Fortune can knock at some writers’ door during their writing journey but one can’t have passion for writing only because they want to be famous and rich.

Also, last week I resolved to take a different approach to getting published. I believe in my story and I can’t wait until somebody pat on my shoulder and say “Well done!” to know that I can get my story into the world. My novel has to be out there because it might encourage and inspire at least one person.

I stopped querying because I was losing perspective about why I write. Querying was sucking up my creative flow. I was querying because I like the idea of traditional publishing and I wanted to be represented by an agent. I forgot that I can still find an agent even if I decide to self-publish my first book but right now my priority is my novel.

If, in the end, I choose to self-publish it will be because I have a deadline to follow and going the traditional route of publishing might take longer that my plans allow me. 

And the more I think and read about publishing, the more I think I shouldn’t be discouraged or be scared of self-publishing because Wasting Away is a story that people need to read sooner than later.

Now onto What’s up Wednesday

WHAT I'M READING

One More Day by Fabio VoloOne More Day by Fabio Volo. This is the first English translated book by the Italian TV personality, actor, comedian and author. I grew up loving Volo his good looks and jokes on one of the popular TV shows in Italy.

Normally, I’m picky when it comes to reading contemporary Italian writers because while growing up and reading the wonderful Italian great author I have built up biases and the contemporary Italian writers felt like diluted coffee. 

I’ve never read Volo novels but I must say I’m enjoying this one. I believe I like it due to its cosmopolitan flair. It takes the reader through the beautiful cities of Milan, London, New York and Paris.

One More Day is tells the story of Giacomo, a successful publisher whose monotonous lifestyle is forever changed when he encounters a girl, Michela, on a London tram.

For months, in his mind, he builds up a relationship with her. It only when Michela invites him for a coffee that Giacomo takes the chance to get to know her better, but not without difficulty. Michela has to leave London for New York.

This is a love story between two different people who through all their weaknesses and fear, they allow hope and love to survive.

WHAT I'M WRITING

I’m re-editing my novel. Editing is never over until the book is out into the world and you can’t do anything but live with what you did in the time you had with it.

WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW

Snow, I have to get something out of it and it inspires me.first frosty trees

 Make You Feel My Love by Adele on Grooveshark

WHAT ELSE I'VE BEEN UP TO

Saying goodbyes to our friends who are returning to Israel after two years in Canada. It’s such a bittersweet moment. Yesterday we went to stay with them until half eleven. AOI didn’t want to sleep because she wanted to play with her R. We were all tired because it was late yet we wanted to stay a little bit longer to make them feel our love. We are going to miss them so much but we will keep our friendship alive, that’s for sure.

That’s me for this Wednesday, what’s up with you?

8 comments:

  1. I think you've got a really good reason to stop querying. You're right about it sapping your creativity. I really hope self-publishing works out for you :)

    Sorry to hear your friends are moving so far away, but that's one of the wonders of modern technology - they're only ever an e-mail away.

    What a beautiful snowy image! Thanks for the wintry inspiration!

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  2. I haven't even thought about what I will do with my novel when I finish it. It's interesting to know that you can self publish and still get it published traditionally later on. Keep writing and enjoying it. That's what you can really count on and it's what matters most anyways. Saying goodbye to friends is always bitter sweet.

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  3. The query search and all the rejections involved can be paralyzing. It makes us start to care about the wrong things in relation to ourselves and our writing. Here's hoping all goes well with you and your writing. :)

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  4. I'm not sure what "querying" is, but I think you should never give up a dream God has in your heart whether it's to write or anything else. A friend at my job belongs to some website where writers self publish online for a set amount. I guess you join discussion groups and publish bits and pieces at a time to be critiqued by a broad audience. I wish I remembered the name of it, I'll have to ask her. I'm sure you as a writer know all about it.

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  5. You are so right that editing is never done until the book is published. And if you self-publish, it doesn't even end there. I edited about a dozen times and then was shocked by how much more polishing my MS needed after a professional editor went to work on it.

    I can completely understand why you write. I think that's why Jane Austen inspires me so much. She wrote because she had stories to tell and needed to get them out, even though it put her future at great risk. I love that. I'm not sure how far along you are into writing, but I learned a lot from doing query contests and attending online workshops like WriteOnCon, and even found some great critique partners from those experiences.

    Best of luck on your writing journey!

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    1. thank you so much for your insight. I'm going through another edit and I think entering some contests will be great foundation for this novel.

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  6. Nice to meet you, Toi. I think we write first because we love to write. We have to. It's what we do. If anything comes of it, that's a great bonus. It sounds like you have a good perspective on it.

    Also, I spent a little time looking at your older posts and photos. What a lovely family you have! I wish you all the best on your writing journey!

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    1. Hello Ron, thanks for stopping by.

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