The transformation of becoming a writer

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I always enjoyed writing since I was a child. I created plots, wrote on my free time and shared with friends in the neighborhood I lived. Because I was an animal lover, my short stories tended to have dogs, bunnies, and wolves as characters. Today, I have many rolls. I am mom, family advocate, traveler, and writer. From my transition from child to teen and adult, however, my interests shifted from children stories to young or New adult, thriller and contemporary romance.

 

I began writing again when I was expecting my son 9 years ago. I live in Wisconsin and came to find out that one of the best ways to keep myself busy in the winter was watching shows, read and put my ideas on paper. I didn’t feel like a real writer at first, but things changed once I started doing every day. Eventually, I dreamed about publishing my manuscript but thought this was a crazy idea because my stories seemed too simple compared to the best sellers, I read all the time. My stories needed a lot of editing and I didn’t have the money to pay for a professional one. I learned that editing and copy editing were two different things and if I really wanted to find an agent to represent my story, I not only needed my manuscript professionally edited, but having a decent number of followers in social media. Then, I was told that dreaming about something wasn’t enough to marketing’s happen. It was like most of the diets people promise to start on Mondays but can never follow through. I needed goals. I needed a business plan. I needed support.

 

Although writers write alone, we still need people. We, as writer, must treat writing as a business and like every business, we can’t do this alone. Also, every business needs a business plan and so does writing. I read somewhere I needed a website where I could blog about my great aspirations and have some exposure, but I didn’t know how to create one. This is when a friend entrepreneur told me, “Do what you do best and leave the rest for the experts. Don’t waste your time trying to make a website or learn how to graphic design your books if this is something you don’t love it or don’t know anything about it now. It will take hours, days, months and years. Hire someone to do the job for you while you spend the time writing”. There were tons of information out there and although they were helpful, I tended to get more confused. I participated of writing conferences, writing groups, and learned the marketing. It changes so much from year to year. Trying to self-publish can be very costly and finding an agent very discouraging. Why is that? There are many writers trying to become authors and many authors competing to have their novel turning the jack pot of best sellers and being recognized. But at the end of the day, all you must do is write, write, and write because soon or later, you as a writer, will find the right way to publication.

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