Guest Post: Why I Write – My Three Personal Steps By S. K. Whiteside
A short while ago an Author friend of mine posted a link to an article on Facebook. The article spoke to the millions of people who were in the world that want to write but really had no idea what they were getting themselves into.
There are so many things I have learned since I began this writing journey and most of it was trial and error. Now that I have crossed over the proverbial hump I figured I would share my observations.
First, you need to find your own voice. My problem at the time was, I was writing for everyone else and not for myself. Shortly after my first rejection I started my blog and reviewing books when an author friend pointed out “I think you’ve found your voice!” It was that one statement that CLICKED in my head. The difference was that I write the blog for ME and how I see things, not for what everyone else would see and she was right! I needed to pour more of ME in my writing. After she said that, the words just flowed out of my mind and onto the screen.
Next, Writing takes some SERIOUS commitment. If you are SERIOUS about what you want to do, you have to WRITE, WRITE, WRITE – and it’s HARD. Most of my writer friends make a living at it and I don’t know how they do it! Sure people sit on Facebook all day but at least it is visually stimulating. Try staring at a white back ground with the small black blinking cursor for hours upon hours. Not everyone will like what you have to say but don’t get discouraged. My first rejection, I admit, I was a bit bummed until one of my author friends told me how often she had been rejected. Hell, JK Rowling was rejected A DOZEN times before someone would even CONSIDER Harry Potter for print. Suddenly my ONE rejection didn’t seem so bad.
Finally, Persevere. I write because I have a story to tell. I write because the voices in my head won’t leave me alone. I write because if I do not, that glorious muse will incessantly rant in my head and slowly but surely drive me to a “Poe-Like” insanity.
Well that might not be so bad – the man was a genius.
In any case, I write because I love to. I write because people like you read. As long as you beautiful people continue to do so, I will more than happily continue to give you what you want.
…but for me. of course. ;)
I want to thank Lissette for allowing me to share my world with you today. I hope it was as entertaining for you all reading it as it was for me to write.
Even the divine have a dark side…
Take a journey into a world where the forgotten reign as King and Queen. Explore a “reality” where the divine give meaning and substance to the concept of IMMORTALITY.
These menacing tales feature beings of divinity from angels, demons, gods, goddesses, to personifications of divine principals. No other worldly being is safe. The sparkly undead and wild shaggy dogs have no place in this anthology of dark proportions.
Can you handle it?
About The Author:
S.K. Whiteside is a writer of Paranormal/Fantasy, Horror, and Suspense. As a full time Mental Health Counselor, she started writing in Academia but decided writing about things on the “other side of the veil” was a lot more interesting. Living in the Paranormal capital of the world makes it fairly easy for her to come up with characters, many of which are based off of real personas in her life that are so vibrant they can’t help but carry over into her writing.
S.K. Whiteside is a Fiction Weaver and World Creator. It just so happens that the worlds she creates are often filled with things that go bump in the night. A New Orleanian at heart, the Deep South often serves as the setting for her Paranormal Tales of the unknown. Her Charismatic characters and snarky banter often derive from the various personas of those she loves and the voices in her head. When not writing she spends her time telling everyone else in the world that they are completely bonkers but yet she often channels Napoleon Bonaparte. During her down time she pokes at the massive giant whom holds her captive and runs from two monsters that she swears are out to kill her. Some people call them her husband and children but she knows the truth.
For more information on S.K. Whiteside, please visit her website at www.skwhiteside.com or visit her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Author-S-K-Whiteside/178263688937446