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Over A Morning Coffee

I want to polish off Tomorrow The Grace once and for all. I’m trying to catch every “A” that should be “a,” every “there” that should be “their,” and every “,” that should be “.” So after this post, I’m not going to be on social media much for some days:

I wrote that yesterday on Instagram and also on my new Twitter. But in social media terms, you guys here come first. Some of you have been following me since 2014. THIS blog is the center of my writing universe.

And I do have to take breaks. So here is the result of one last night and this morning. Another quick scan of Twitter’s #writingcommunity:

Let’s be honest: Who the heck are “they“? “They” have an opinion. Let them write their own book(s).

As for YOUR book, write it as YOU think best.

No, the person who reviewed it may just be an illiterate.

You can’t state that publicly of course.

See next:

What she tweeted.

I say it again: Even J. K. Rowling has detractors. Every writer has them. What you write will not be universally applauded, because nothing is universally applauded.

I have read books for as long as I can remember. I write them now under my pen name. But I have never formally reviewed a book – such as on Amazon – in my life.

I suppose I probably should consider doing it. I haven’t on Amazon because my Amazon account is in my real name, and it is under that name I also buy books. I don’t want my real name associated publicly with my writing in any way, shape, or distant form.

Translation: Would you like to be alive and filthy rich for writing Fifty Shades of rubbish? Or would you prefer to be admired posthumously for writing excellent books?: “Oh, what a shame he died, and we never appreciated him when he was alive…”

My thinking? I write what I am proud of people reading both while I’m living and will read after I’m dead. If it sells lots, that would be great; if not, well, uh, so be it. I want to write good books for readers seeking good books – for now and for well into the future.

There are several worthwhile points there. Let me break them down this way:

1) I don’t even formally know what my “writing goals” are myself. I just write my books. I hope they are good and that readers like them.

2) Family: My (now late) uncle came to support me… after, two years in, I had finally worked up the courage (as it turned out, about six months before he died in 2015) to tell him I had written two “new adult” novels (Passports and Frontiers) in which I had also fictionalized him – his authoring career, his sometimes troubled relationship with the rest of our family, and particularly his “dating-while-married” lifestyle that led my aunt ultimately to divorce him. I was a NERVOUS WRECK when I gave them to him to read… and he came back to me saying that he had LAUGHED at my fictionalization of him and (even though they weren’t his thing: he wrote police/crime novels) he LIKED the books! He had also promised – as I had begged him – not to tell any of our family about them, particularly not my mother.

Otherwise most family can’t support me as a writer since they are similarly now dead (my mother and my grandmother have been both fictionalized too) and never knew about the books, while any living may not know about them because I don’t want them to know about them because – particularly in my first three books – they too have been FICTIONALIZED in them. I’m not big on opening up cans of worms in life when I don’t need to. Thus my writing under a pen name.

3) Friends: They are supportive if they know about it. But some are also FICTIONALIZED and I’m not telling them (or I can’t if they have died). Some who know have taken to greeting with a laugh my announcement of a new book: “Oh, no. Am I in this one?”

4) SO (presumably, “Significant Other”): My wife is, I feel, baffled by my writings. She is also very understanding of my hobby. Frankly, when it comes to relaxing and passing the time reading, she would much rather read the likes of “Jack Reacher” books.

After being on Twitter since 2009, but abandoning my original Twitter which had become just too political now for my taste, in August 2019 – weeks ago – I finally got back on Twitter with a new account to emphasize writing, reading, and travel.

Geez, I’m not leaving Twitter again already.

Likely your single paragraph is better writing by far than that of the writing of hordes of “8,000 words” today writers.

Uh, considering I essentially fictionalized myself in my first three books, we’ll leave this entire issue here. LOL!

Chances are you’ll be turned down. And you’ll be turned down many more times afterwards. Don’t let that bother you.

Of course. “The present” lasts only unmeasurable tiny moments and is gone forever. We try to plan “the future,” but our minds do spend much of their time recalling “the past.”

So we are constantly “flashing back.” It is called “memory.” Why not write such in a book?

Actually that’s one of the things I enjoy in writing fiction. In real life, I am basically a “middle of the roader” at heart: I am of about ten minds – leaning in every direction – on every issue. Within reason, I try to see everyone’s perspective:

[Excerpt from Distances: Atlantic Lives, 1996-1997, Copyright, 2015. On Kindle for iPhone/iPad. Click to expand.]

I have also written a communist who feels she is right about most everything (and I’m not a communist; and neither, for that matter, am I a woman). I have written conservatives (who feel much the same) similarly. I admire Thomas Jefferson in general historically and have written a main character of the then opposing U.S. political faction, called “Federalists,” who came to despise Jefferson. The list goes on.

Putting oneself inside life outlooks with which you may not agree helps broaden the mind. Writing should do that for you as a writer. Certainly your writing should help readers broaden their thinking too.

I am sure as heck not revealing the character’s name! LOL!

Have a good week, wherever you are. πŸ™‚

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