For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a writer. It’s not what I do, it’s who I am.
Stories come very easily to the creative side of my brain and flow through me onto paper with an almost supernatural compulsion via any means available; be it pencil, pen, or typewriter.
Nothing in my life compares to the ultimate joy I feel when an incomprehensible jumble of 26 letters comes together to form a perfect word that joins with other letters and words to become that perfect sentence.
Only another writer can fully understands what that means.
So why, do you ask, if you’re so inclined to ask at all, after finishing the last three novels nearly ten years ago, where did Raven West go? What happened to those first 50,000 words of Vashti’s Daughter that won the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) challenge in 2011? What happened to Bourbon for Brunch and Daiquiris for Dinner the sequels to Red Wine for Breakfast?
Well, for the most part I’ve spent the better part of these past years using the practical, logical side of my brain, something I was never very good at but necessary, for basic survival skills of working at a variety of paying jobs.
In-between I’ve managed to keep my non-fiction writing skills alive by covering local events for my column “Heard it on the Grapevine” for the on-line e-news site CitizensJournal and being compensated with free tickets to events (food and wine) and advertisements for my novels.
For the past several months, I’ve attended the local Writer’s Club, looked up my old Linkedin writer’s groups, created a text Fan Club, been interviewed on YOUTUBE sites that no-one sees and finally came to the realization that real writers don’t do any of these.
REAL WRITERS WRITE!
I’d admit that motivation is difficult and distractions are many. Whether in the real world with annoying noise outside my window, or in the on-line world of social media “noise” of emails and Facebook, not to mention spending more hours in one day in front of the television than I ever had in my entire life!
Years ago, I wrote a monthly column “On the Road to Riches” for Amazing Authors Showcase on the subject of publishing. I’ve also written political commentary for the Nolan Chart, that actually paid per view. I created this blog “From a Bird’s Eye View” 10 years ago when it was advertisement free.
(Note to my readers, sorry for the ads, but I’m not about to spend $100 for what was once a free service!)
As of August 1, 2019, at the youthful age of 65, this writer is going to commit to writing a blog post every week. Feel free to comment as you wish, but there will be rules!
1. No profanity
2. No arguing with others who are commenting (you can argue with me all you’d like, but not with each other)
3. If you have a complaint, spell it out in detail and we can have an adult conversation. I’m not always right (don’t tell my husband I said that, please!)
4. Feel free to re-post any article to your social media sites, as long as you credit the author (me) and put in a link to my website: http://ravenwest.net
I will turn OFF; the internet, my cell phone, my landline, my ipad and the TV to concentrate on the one thing that I enjoy more than anything else.
FOLLOW this blog, share it with all your Facebook “friends” and enjoy my “Bird’s Eye View” of the world and JOIN my Fan Club for a FREE ebook of Red Wine for Breakfast on SMASHWORDS, then download the KINDLE or purchase the hard copy of First Class Male and Undercover Reunion on Amazon.
I once wrote the “overnight success” takes about 10 years. I’ve since changed that to 20, which gives me 10 more to go!
– Raven West
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