The Solitary Life
Most people, when they think of authors, have the mental picture of us slaving away over a keyboard, coffee at our elbow, forehead wrinkled in thought. And for the most part, they’d be right. The solitary life isn’t for everyone, although some authors would point we have our characters to keep us company. I can’t argue with that.
While the actual writing part is done alone, there is a lot more that goes along with being an author. More than planning and writing a book. In fact, we are part of the community in many different ways.
Sometimes it’s difficult to find the time, but when I get away from the keyboard for a while, it helps the creative process. Here are a few of my favorite ways to reach out.
Local writing groups, for one. There has to be a time when authors can be with other writers, whether it is to talk about craft or perhaps share a work in progress. I’ve spoken to readers who love to come by and hear about the author life. I’ve also taught classes, which I love. There is no greater joy than seeing the faces of students as they take the concepts I’ve thought them and learn to apply it to their story. It’s priceless.
I have a group of friends I meet with periodically to help me brainstorm story ideas. While one brain is mighty, there is power when two or three are gathered. And trust. Lots of trust.
Then there are conventions, like the annual Romance Writers of America conference. A long weekend of visiting friends, networking, taking workshops and attending parties. We need to see our fellow authors, to connect and have fun.
Then there are email loops. When working on projects with multiple authors, it’s a necessity. Staying in touch keeps us focused on the story we’re working on. Even if we don’t connect on email to collaborate on stories, we need our writer friends to share our success with, congratulate each other on contests and celebrate milestones.
Writing isn’t always solitary. There are many ways to reach out. And the result of a rounded life will be a book our readers can hold in their hands and escape for a few hours. That is the joy we receive from spending those hours alone, coming up with plot lines, characters and romance sure to warm your heart!
Coming in October, look for A Heartwarming Christmas, four connected anthologies, 12 individual novellas sharing characters and story lines! This collection of PG-rated holiday romances are all set in Christmas Town, a location introduced in the 2014 Harlequin Heartwarming release Christmas, Actually. A Heartwarming Christmas will bring you laughter, tears, and happily-ever-after.
Foreword by small town lover and New York Times bestseller Kristan Higgins.
B & N: Coming soon!
We will be hosting a Facebook party on October 13 and would love for you to stop by. You can check my Facebook page, Tara Randel Books, for details.
Tara Randel is the author of nine books, her most recent releases, Honeysuckle Bride and Magnolia Bride available from Harlequin Heartwarming. She is currently working on new books for the Business of Weddings series for Heartwarming, as well as a new mystery series. You can view her booklist at her website, www.tararandel.com or just stop by, pay a visit and leave a message.