~ By Vicki Batman
I’d always wanted to write. That seemed to be the sentiment of most writers who are huge readers. I wanted to write like Dick Francis, an English mystery writer whose work centered on the horse racing business. I gobbled his work like good chocolate.
My method for writing my book? That was…odd. Why? Because I didn’t exactly know how to do it. I had no extensive background in writing. Wasn’t an English, Literature, Journalism major. My degree is in Clothing and Textiles. I wrote good papers and some decent poetry. And like I’d already said, a huge reader.
I was challenged by a friend to write and took her rather seriously. I started with three basic writing elements: 1/whoever read my work would have to be hooked, 2/there would be a black moment, 3/and a slam-bang ending. Lots of other stuff would be tossed in the middle. And since I was writing a romance, I had to throw that in.
Conflict? Uh…. Goal? Mmm…. Motivation? Geez….
Plotter? Pantser? *shaking head* didn’t know. I knew I didn’t want to write an outline, though. LOL.
I followed my instincts and wrote my story. I joined RWA and through my local chapter, hooked up with friends who critiqued my work. And I went back to what I now know as edit, revise. Then I submitted to contests and learned the hard way what were the truths about writing and what was not. I read books, took classes, all the while working on my story. I attended conferences and worked some more. There is no rule that says you can’t learn how to write.
After a while, I heard, “You shove the first book under the bed and forget about it.”
Not unleash my baby, my beauty to the whole freakin’ world? No way.
Because there is one more element in the whole mix that is very important: Believe.
Believe in yourself. Believe in your writing. Believe in possibilities.
The truth is your book may not be a New York Times bestseller. But it might be. And you won’t know if you don’t try.
Write like you are demon possessed. Write because you have to put the words on the page. Write because you have a story to tell.
And maybe twenty-five short fiction pieces later, you, too, will have sold your first book.
Like some of her characters, award-winning author, Vicki Batman has worked a wide variety of jobs including lifeguard, ride attendant at an amusement park; a hardware store, department store, book store, antique store clerk; administrative assistant in an international real estate firm; and a general “do anything gal” at a financial services firm–the list is endless.
Writing for several years, she has completed three manuscripts, written essays, and sold many short stories to TRUE LOVE, TRUE ROMANCE, TRUE CONFESSIONS, NOBLE ROMANCE PUBLISHING, LONG AND SHORT REVIEWS, MUSEITUP PUBLISHING, and THE WILD ROSE PRESS.
Most days begin with her hands set to the keyboard and thinking “What if??”