Here I am at the Moonlight and Magnolias conference in Atlanta, GA. (In the business center, as I didn't bring my computer with me this time.) Hanging out in a hallway this morning (most disreputable, I know), I chatted with a newbie writer and she wanted to know my writing journey.
So, here are the highlights.
- I've always written. Always. Well, since I learned how to write a sentence.
- I sent off my first full length novel (written on a manual typewriter) to Mills & Boon at age 20 (or thereabouts). It got rejected.
- I kept writing, but it was mainly fanfic. Which builds all your writing muscles except for world building and getting a character started. Oh and it didn't seem to help me with sagging middles either, but then I was writing mostly short stories.
- I took out that first novel from under the bed and joined RWA in 1999.
- Three manuscripts and many revisions later, I sold that first novel in 2004. Yep, it took me that long to figure out how to properly start a novel.
(Hint: don't have the heroine riding through the countryside, thinking about things la de dah. Use those pages to create character, but don't put them in the book.)
- And here I am, writing for Kensington Aphrodisia...
Ok, so those really are the highlights. There's lots more stories to tell, so you'll have to corner me at some conference or another and ask.
Tomorrow night is the Bookfair and Autographing here at the Hilton Northeast Atlanta on Peachtree Industrial Blvd. It starts at 4pm and runs until 5:30pm. Maybe I'll see you there?
Well, back to slumming it, er, I mean, aggressively networking.
Before I go -- anyone else want to share their writing journey?