The JOY of Writing

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I love to write. Anyone who knows me will tell you that. Writing for me is not only fun, but it is also very therapeutic. I enjoy taking my wild imagination and spinning it into something other readers will enjoy reading. Whether it is something taken from my own personal life or something that I have completely made up, writing gives me the perfect opportunity to share my thoughts and experiences with the world. As I get closer and closer to finishing up my current writing project Underneath the Pecan Tree, I get a little emotional when I reflect on how far I have come since publishing my debut novel Poka City Blues. Granted, I still have a ways to go when it comes to establishing myself as a writer, but some progress is better than no progress. To add to that notion, I have also met some wonderful fellow writers, authors and bloggers along the way. Yes, as I look back and reflect on my writing journey, the BEST part about being a writer is meeting and communicating with those who appreciate writing just as much as you do. That to me is what really makes writing worth my while.

 

Reader Reactions

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As a writer, one of the things I enjoy the most (besides reading reviews on my books) is meeting new people, especially readers. I love seeing the look on a reader’s face when they meet me or see me for the first time. I get so tickled when a reader tells me that I do not look like how they had imagined. Never fails. It seems thus far that most readers who have read my stories assume that I am an older African American woman because of how my stories are written and the lingo that I use. I have been told countless times that I have an “old soul” so maybe that is where I get it from. Nevertheless, the looks on people’s faces when they see me are priceless. Some are shocked that I look so young, others are shocked at how little or small I am and then there are those who tell me that I do not have the look of a writer. Go figure. Either way, I love their reactions, all of them because I love seeing the element of surprise on their face. I love being what they did not expect me to be and that my dear friend is not only satisfying, but it is also gratifying. Readers are special because without them writing itself would be a complete waste of time. What is the point of writing a story if there is no one to read it?

As I continue on my journey as a writer, I will do my best to not only establish myself as a writer, but to also keep pumping out entertaining stories for readers to read.  I have a ways to go still, but I am far from giving up. Who knows the future will bring. Until next time folks!

I’m Baaaaaack!

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Hello there! How are you? Hopefully things have been going well for you. Me? I’ve been all over the place lately since my day job keeps me pretty busy. Add to that, I’ve been on the road for the past week and a half. Can someone say exhausted? If you can’t, I will. My heart is telling me that I’ll be hitting the road again much sooner rather than later which is why it is high time for me to step up my writing game. My current writing project Underneath the Pecan Tree has to be finished by the end of April so I have some serious making up to do if I want to meet that deadline. Am I worried? Yeah, just a little bit, but not enough for me to lose any sleep over it. Besides, I can handle it.

If I, BookingAnita, want to accomplish my goal of being a full-time writer, I’m going to have to suck it up and get it done. Period. End of story. Am I tired? Absolutely, but I have dreams to chase and goals to accomplish. For now, I’m back in the swing of things and that is what I’ll focus on at the  moment. Since I have some down time now, I might as well take advantage of it. I’d be a fool if I didn’t.

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Plagiarism in the Literary World

I recently read an article on plagiarism and I was baffled at how some writers and authors have been exposed of plagiarizing their stories. Why??? Why would someone want to do such a despicable thing? Who would stoop that low to write or tell a story? That to me is wrong on so many levels and it speaks volumes of the type of person that they are. Wouldn’t you want credit for coming up with your own amazing story opposed to being exposed and humiliated for copying someone else’s? I would much rather wait until a good idea for a story hits me than steal a story line from someone else. After all, they worked hard to come up with their story. They didn’t write their story for someone else to copy it and take the credit for it. If I ever found out that someone plagiarized one of my stories I would be spitting fire! Every writer wants to pen a great story, but do it at your own creative expense and not someone else’s. Plagiarism is for lazy writers and dull minds. A true writer never plagiarizes.

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One Lovely Blog Award

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I wanted to take this time out to thank Emma Woods for nominating me for the One Lovely Blog Award. As a fellow blogger I can tell you that her blog is not only entertaining, but it is an absolute thrill to follow. I’ve never won an award in my life, but I must admit that any time I am nominated for an award I get this huge boost to my morale. Any time your work is recognized it gives you the motivation to keep doing what you are doing plus it makes the pursuit of your dreams even more meaningful. As with any nomination there are rules and they are as follows:

1. Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
2. Display the award on your post.
3. List 7 facts about yourself.
4. Nominate 7 bloggers and let them know you have nominated them.

*Please note that the nominees are not obligated to participate in this award nomination*

So, you want to know 7 interesting facts about yours truly? Here goes nothing!
1. I was born in Charleston, South Carolina.
2. I spent my early childhood in Florida.
3. I am a survivor of childhood bullying.
4. I used to be a habitual nail biter.
5. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Health Administration and a minor in Health Education.
6. I love making jewelry as much as I love writing.
7. My favorite color is turquoise.

Who are my 7 nominees? Take a gander below:
1. Write Now and Later
2. Words from Emma Woods
3. Color Me In Cyanide and Cherry
4. Live to Write-Write to Live
5. Interesting Literature
6. Optional Poetry
7. Between the Beats

All the best to everyone! Stay writing!!

Writing and Jamming to Panic! At The Disco

It’s Saturday morning, 9:30am to be exact and I am sitting here pecking away on my keyboard with music playing in the background. All is well; as a matter of fact things are going really well, but then something odd happened. An amazing song began to play on my radio and before I knew it, I became distracted. I was trying my best to stay focused on my writing, but soon my mind became focused and consumed on finding out the name of this awesome song. As I was scrambling to find out who was playing on my radio, I was surprised to learn that it was Panic! At The Disco and the name of the song is called Death of a Bachelor. Whoa! Seriously, I had to do a double take because this song is entirely different from what I am used to hearing from this amazing and talented group. The beat is amazing, Brendon’s voice is amazing and I was completely pulled into this song from the beginning right down to the end. I couldn’t help myself from playing this song over and over again because in my opinion this song is AWESOME! I did more than snap my fingers to this melodic song, I sung right along with Brendon as I belted out the lyrics at the top of my lungs. Sorry neighbors! This song really got me going this morning and now, just like that, I am ready to tackle a full day’s work of writing.

Thanks Panic! At The Disco!! You ROCK! Time to get back to my writing!

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The Struggle Is Real!

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Goodness gracious! Where on earth do I even begin? Let me tell you, the past five days have been a real struggle for me and as of today I am still struggling. I have been sick as a bug with a bug and every part of me seems to either ache or hurt. My head hurts, my chest hurts, my ears are clogged, my nose is raw and on top of that, I haven’t been able to eat anything. Geez Louise! I’m already small as it is. Can a woman get some type of relief? Pretty, pretty please? Trust me when I say I have had enough! Besides, I haven’t been able to write like I want to the past five days. I wanted to write, I even had the desire to write, but I just didn’t have the strength to write. Getting sick sucks, especially when you have things you are trying to do or accomplish, but that’s L.I.F.E. for you. I’m not too upset about not being able to write these past five days because I know what I have to do. I’m going to have to hit it hard and get it done if I want to do some serious catching up. My current struggle is very real at the moment, but it is not enough to stop me or get me down.

Stay writing, stay reading and stay well out there folks!