I’ve just recently got the first one under my belt … my first self-published book. Can you guess what comes after the congratulations from friends and family? You guessed it! Most people ask, “Are you going to write another one?”
Honestly, I never know whether to take this as a compliment and it reminds me of when I had a baby and people always asked me if I was going to have another. Isn’t this one good enough for now? Why do I need another one when this one took a lot of time, money, and energy to create? I always answer with, “Maybe when I recoup the money I put into this one,” meaning the book. Lately, I’ve been contemplating whether or not this is a good way to approach the situation.
When should a writer start a new project? At present, there are no creative juices flowing or ideas swirling in my head for another book. Should there be another book just around the corner that I just can’t wait to put down on paper? I’m still recovering from the last one! Maybe it gets easier with each one you write just like each baby gets easier because you know what to expect. Wrong! Each pregnancy, delivery, and baby is different from the last and that’s what makes us all unique. Does the same go for writing a book?
My book was a personal account of my life from a very young child to a middle-aged adult. The main theme was the perseverance and determination it took to search for someone I didn’t know. Could it be that writing about yourself is draining due to reliving some of those good and bad experiences? Is it easier when you are making up the story as you go along and it doesn’t come from feelings and emotions you lived through?
I thought my story was easy to write because the beginning, middle, and end were already created for me. I didn’t have to imagine the story because I lived it and it was finished. Shouldn’t this have made it easier rather than starting from scratch and having to dream up all those characters, scenes, and storyline?
It’s only been a few months since my book was released so I think I will sit back and ponder (with hand on chin) …To write or not to write, that is the question.
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About the Author
Wendy L.Scott-Hawkins is a full-time Educational Assistant, mother of two adult children, an avid walker, and a Scrabble enthusiast. She uses her life experiences to craft her talent for writing from the heart. Searching For a Stranger and Finding Myself – A Memoir is her first novel.