Monday, June 22, 2015

Discussion: How many bloggers do you think are actually aspiring writers too?

My Discussion Topic This Week - How many bloggers to you think are actually aspiring writers too?

Okay, I admit it.  I'm aspiring writer as well as a blogger.  I've been a writer all my life, starting with a poem I wrote for my dad back when I was 9 years old.  He loved it so much, I wrote more.  Then I wrote short stories.  Then, when I tried to start writing novels.  My attempts were many and they all sucked.

Finally,  I read the book Honey Moon by Susan Elizabeth Phillips, and it was so touching, so beautiful, and so inspired, that I finally sat down and wrote my first full manuscript.  It was terribly written, but I poured my heart and soul into it, cried during the writing of it, and felt like a writer when it was over.

That manuscript will never see the light of day but it was a beginning.  I joined some writers organizations, read about perfectly my craft, and went on to write other manuscripts...each one slightly better than the other.  But I was writing in the wrong genre.

I took a long break for a while, and during that time I discovered the Young Adult and New Adult genres.  This is when I started blogging and really have had a fabulous time writing about the books I've read and loved.  I've given my whole heart to being a blogger, just as I did my writing.

Lately, I've felt the pull to start writing again, and I finally feel like I've found the right genre for me in young adult. I'm in the middle of my first story right now and I'm doing just a little writing here and there, not pushing any huge daily goals on myself at this time, just steady goals.

Despite that, I'm first and foremost a reader, and I will always want to tell people about the books I read, even if people one day get to read the ones I write.

Are you an aspiring writer?  How do you balance being a blogger with being an aspiring writer?  Do you think there will ever come a time when you must choose between them?

Let's discuss...

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