I love following other aspiring writer’s blogs. It’s fun to watch their progress and somewhat comforting to hear they have the same struggles I do when it comes to editing, querying etc… But one of the most amazing aspects of following these blogs is when the writer posts what is known within literary circles as “The Call…”
For those of you not familiar with this phrase, this is when the author posts news that they are officially agented. I must admit I am a sucker for these posts – they always motivate me to keep writing.
I have been reading quite a few “The Call” posts lately and it made me wonder about the author’s odyssey to that final success. Had they been writing for years without a bite, until one manuscript finally struck gold? Or was this their first lucky shot? Did they come close in a R&R (revise-and-resubmit) only for it not to happen?
Recently, I started reaching out to new authors and began asking about their journeys. Their answers have now become a new series I am going to call - W.O.W. – Writer Odyssey Wednesday.
Each of the authors’ stories of success are incredibly inspiring as well as encouraging. They had a dream. They wrote for long hours. Edited until the words blurred into a jumbled mess. Battled the query monster and succeeded. Their stories reflect what we already know about the craft of writing – if you want it and are willing to work hard - it will happen. It’s all a matter of finding the right spark and seeing it through.
So please join me each Wednesday as I profile an author’s writing odyssey. I can guarantee that after reading their story you will be itching to get back to writing.
If you know of a writer that should be profiled, or you have an inspiring journey you’d like to share, please reply in the comments below. I’d love to hear your story.
First post tomorrow: R.C. Lewis’s Journey