Your Write Path: Writing is Powerful. Words are Power. Ep2.3

Your Write Path: Episode 2, Part 3

I’VE HAD AN INTERESTING WRITE PATH OF MY OWN.

It started in high school when I realized I loved writing research papers. No wait, it started long before that. When I was in elementary school, I would walk to and from school daydreaming. Yes, that was me, the girl rambling home from school with her head in the clouds, stumbling along, almost getting hit by a truck crossing the road (true story) because my head was lost in a story.

I’m the girl who used to fall asleep with stories in my head. I’d lay in bed and think about things that had happened that day, television shows I’d watched, comics my Dad read to me, and I’d twist the plot, rework the dialogue, write my own ending. I’d even edit out my conversations with others—again, rewriting my own dialogue.

I fell in love with my pillow as I turned into a young teenager, kissing and hugging my many imaginary boyfriends every night. Writing the happily-ever-after, admittedly, I dreamed about for way too long. When I was in the 5th grade, I saw Gone With The Wind for the first time and cried the entire way home from the theater. I was mortified Scarlett did not get her happily-ever-after.

Damn Rhett, anyway.

But no matter. I’ve made it a career writing those HEAs. It took ten years of diligence, learning, and persistence to get the first romance novel published in the traditional publishing world (this was 1997). Now, over two decades and 70+ published titles later, I’ve met many of my writing goals.

Am I ready to stop?

Hell no. I have more story ideas dancing in my head than I know what to do with, and a few more goals to reach. They will get their day.

But my Write Path didn’t always include writing only romance novels.

During those ten years while I was pitching novels to one New York editor after another, back in the late 80s and early 90s, I satisfied my publishing itch by writing shorter fiction works and entering contests. I took on some freelance, non-fiction writing jobs, wrote a couple of columns for a local magazine, and penned and published a few opinionated Op-Ed pieces that got me into trouble with my family.

Years later, I authored numerous articles, training manuals, book chapters, white papers, curricula, and a couple of non-fiction books for my non-profit day job. I don’t think I would have had those opportunities had I not presented myself as a writer and dabbled in the non-fiction writing in the early days.

I learned a wise lesson from writing those early Op-Ed pieces, however—not everyone loves your words as much as you do, or agrees with what you write. I realized the true power of the pen.

Use your words wisely.

Writing is powerful. Our words evoke emotion. They can make us laugh or cry. Make us feel something we haven’t felt in a long time. Words can heal and hate. Thrill and incite. Provide an escape or be our salvation.

Words are power.

That’s why Your Write Path is so important. You choose the path you want to take, and the words you want to share. You decide how to share your power. You decide the stories that are important for you to tell.

You also decide what publishing paths you will walk, what genres you will write, how you present yourself and your writing brand to the public, and how you market your work.

YOU.

No one else.

You decide if Your Write Path is career focused.

Or not.

You decide if you want to write children’s fiction, erotic novellas, essays, poetry, magazine articles, women’s fiction novels, horror stories, or just damn fine emails.

UP TO YOU.

You decide if Your Write Path includes a New York publisher, an agent, a publicist, a small press, or independent publishing. You decide.

We are living in a vastly different world of publishing today than twenty years ago. Or even ten years ago. The power belongs to the author—if they choose to wield it. 

But it takes knowledge and hard work.

Thinking. Discovering. Planning.

Research. Decisions.

Doing your homework.

Carve out the Write Path for you with a knowledge-base behind you.

I hope my blog posts will help you do just that.

Author Note:

Having a notebook or your journal by your side while reading the Monday Write Path Posts will be helpful and important. I suggest a dedicated journal for your notes and thoughts. As you move through the posts each week, your journal can be your companion. The work is on you. At your pace. The journal is a suggestion. I hope you make the most of your time with my words.

UP NEXT: What Does Success Mean to You?


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Comments

  1. Great article, Maddie. That "notebook...by your side" is so important!

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    1. Thanks, Liz! I think so too. I keep one with me pretty much all the time. Thanks for stopping by and congrats on your latest release! :)

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