I was glad when morning came. I’d slept very badly and didn’t want to stay in bed anymore. A hot shower put me in a better mood, but I was still fuzzy and muddled when I got downstairs. Gazing out at the gray sky and leaden ocean, I noticed a flash of color on my back deck. It was lined with pots of Brazilian Wine Red Allamandas! I ran to the sliding glass door leading to the deck, but didn’t open it. I stared with my nose pressed to the glass.
It occurred to me to call the police, but what would I tell them? Someone broke onto my deck during the night and brought a bunch of potted plants? Did I have a stalker? How often did stalkers bring foliage? It was creepy and charming all at once. I couldn’t decide which took precedence. I guess it depended upon…
In 2009, I decided to become an author, unfortunately, I had no idea what kind of journey I was signing up for. As I threw my hat into the race, publishers were closing left and right due to the Great Recession. Also, Amazon had just started challenging the U.S. publishing industry by creating the Kindle e-reader and their Kindle Direct Publishing company. Now in 2018, the publishing industry has changed so much, today, many authors are choosing to go indie and major publishers are being even more selective about what they acquire. So what would I say to an author just starting out today? Well, I gathered some of the best advice I could and decided to publish it all here. Hopefully, you too will pass it on to the next generation of newbie authors who don’t have a clue about how the publishing thing works.
WHY WRITERS WRITE
A lot has been written about why writers write. Writers write for many reasons and some, for any reason.
They write to express who they are and to say what they know. To teach and to inspire where no inspiration has yet taken root. To share the stories they see clearly in their imagination. To entertain themselves first, then those readers who find their works, some write to purge unhappiness or injustices for themselves and others.
There will be some writers who tell you their reasons come from deep in their souls, at the very core of who they are. Jane Austen had Lady Catherine say, “I must have my share in the conversation,” as most writers want their voices heard.
Writers show readers characters and pictures that keep them and us ‘safe and sometimes warm’ from our only realties.
We are lucky today where stories are brought to life by writers and illustrators and visionaries in the many different ways there are to entertain us. But first, some idea is thought and it usually starts with a writer.
So it really doesn’t matter why they write, it’s just a good thing they do!
So, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all Storytellers and Wordsmithseverywhere!
LIMITLESS, A Charity Anthology of short stories and poems.
Limitless is a collection of stories and poems that reflects our own live and times in all it stages through a wide variety of themes and issues we all have known or have heard about.
In this book you may find stories or poems you agree with and that affirm your believes, while others might be reflective and thought provoking testing your emotions with soul searching on subjects like tolerance and if you have it yourself. In some of the stories about love I saw someone I’ve loved myself.
As a short story author and reader, I love to dive into stories from a wide range of situations and subjects as well as the other authors’ styles.
There were poems and stories that had deep meaning to me such as – Hidden Letter; To You; I Love You MOM, Now And Always; and, Dragonfiles And The Great Blue Heron. This is a 5 star read if ever I’ve read one.All profits for this book go to the Amar Foundation to help those scarred by was in the middle east. ~JD Holiday
I’m author and illustrator J.D. Holiday. I have three children’s books out: Janoose the Goose, Janoose And The Fall Feather Fair & The Spy Game, all picture books, I have a chapter book for six to nine year olds, The Great Snowball Escapade, and an eclectic collections of short stories for adults in Stories & Imaginings For The Reading Spot.
Her site: http://jdholiday.blogspot.com/ & http://jdswritersblog.blogspot.com/