I have a tendency to become interested in something and then devour it. My interest quickly builds to obsession and then full frontal attack. I did it with work. I did it with parenting. I did it with sobriety. I did it with jewelry making and knitting. Basically, it’s how I do.
I did it with writing. What started as a surprise interest in edgy romantic stories turned into a feeding frenzy. I inhaled every book I could find with strong prose, solid storylines, and bad ass characters. I discovered authors I love, love, love (Lauren Dane, Megan Crane, Maisey Yates, Sydney Bristol, Marie Harte, Roni Loren, Sylvia Day, Cherrie Lynn, Mari Carr and so many more) and must-have lines. My family suffered while I buried myself in other’s stories by having to learn to feed themselves and do their own laundry. But they lived.
I know a lot of writers become writers by reading something and then thinking they can do better. That wasn’t me. The amazing imaginations of all these talented women planted a seed in my mind…not that I could do better, but maybe that I could aspire to reach their level of storytelling. I was a pretty decent writer back in the day. What if I could be again? What if I could become even better than I was and stand on the lower rungs of the gifted and generous romance writers of today?
So began my journey to be an author. My path was a little rocky in the beginning. I had no idea how much I didn't know and needed to learn in order to even begin to put words to paper. I was so grateful for the giving spirit of contemporary authors and the amount of tools available for the newbie writer. Workshops, books, websites, articles, software, forums, writing groups, RWA, RWA chapters…the list just gets longer and longer.
Both Adriana and I plan to share our resources (what works for us, what doesn't) on this blog, but I’ll start you off here with some websites that helped me get started:
Savvy Authors – Writers helping Writers This is a great go-to site for workshops, special events and inspiration. In the beginning I was a bit of a workshop whore and SA was my dealer. It's also where I met my first CP. She and I are still great friends and share work.
Roni Loren’s Writing Links Not only is she an amazing writer (her conflicts are soooo strong), she’s also very generous. She’s organized an mass of valuable articles under different topic headings. Just go look at her sight. I promise you won’t be disappointed.
Cathy Yardley If you want to Rock Your Writing then you need to check out her site...and her books.
Scrivener I’ve bought and tried most of the writing apps out there. I love Scrivener. I want to be buried with it. And once the come out with an iPad version I may even leave my hubs for Scrivener. Just saying.
RWA – Romance Writers of America If you’re a romance author of any genre, you really should become an RWA member. Additionally, you may want to consider some of the chapters. I belong to three online chapters. So much value – from education to fellowship.