“Are you writing what you like to read or what you think you should write?”
–From Writing From Personal Experience
I think the honest answer to that is that I write what I like to read. My favorite author is Karen Kingsbury. Most of what I write is similar to her work in that I write love stories with a Christian theme—and all about “real” characters, people I can easily relate to. The stories are much more than just romances, though. They show real people, in real situations that test their faith.
I am not even sure what I “should” be writing. Often I think I should focus on articles rather than stories. Would I sell my work on a more regular basis if I wrote non-fiction rather than fiction? Every time I try that, though, I get so very bored. If my work is boring to me, how can I expect it to interest editors or readers?
January 5, 2011 -Posted by Lynn McMonigal | Authors, Books, Life, My Work | Arts, Fiction, Karen Kingsbury, Online Writing, Writers Resources, Writing, Writing Exercises
Ever feel like there are not enough hours in the day to all that needs to be done? If you are a parent, an employer, an employee, a student, or even just a human, you probably feel that way at least once a week! Around here, that has been the norm for the summer.
In June, I had some unexpected surgery. Well, it was expected. Only it was expected to happen at the end of the summer. Knowing the surgery was coming, I had a list of things I planned to accomplish this summer. The biggest things on my list were outlining three novels that I have had in mind for some time now and organizing a clothing closet the women at my church are starting in August. Then my symptoms got worse and the surgery was moved up.
I was supposed to take six weeks off of work. Where the clothing closet was concerned, that made sense to me. I mean, my mid-section had just been cut open and a portion of my anatomy removed. Lifting boxes was not something that I wanted to do. But I thought that writing would be acceptable. It’s not a physically taxing thing. Mentally draining at times, perhaps. I understood my inability to write while I was taking the pain meds. Those things dulled the pain, but also made my brain feel rather fuzzy. I didn’t expect to be able to write much with my head feeling that way.
But even now, six weeks post-op and 4 weeks after I quite taking any pain meds, I am having trouble concentrating. Have I dulled it too much with the silly little Facebook games I’ve been playing? Are there really no more tales for me to tell, no more stories for me to write?