Five Things I’ve Learned as a Writer – Guest Post by Traci Kenworth…

I’ve been writing since I was old enough to discover books. Some of you may not know but I was serious about being a writer at the age of eighteen but then an abusive marriage cranked into the works and many dark years later, I started over, determined to follow my dreams again. Here’s what I’ve learned.

  1. If someone doesn’t believe in you, they’re not quite worth ruining your life over. I have a new support group now in my kids, my family, my friends, my crit partners, and the bloggers I’ve met along the way. Not to mention, one day, I can finally add readers to that list.
  2. It takes as many drafts as it does. First drafts are messy unless you edit as you go along. I try not to. Yes, I do a lot of rewriting, but each draft makes it that more polished than before. Sometimes the story that chips away, isn’t the one you started with, sometimes it’s better.
  3. Help others out. When it comes your turn, they just might be willing to return the favor. Not all will, of course but even if just a few tweets about your work, mention you in passing, it pulls other’s along for the ride.
  4. Try to not make enemies. Life’s too short to spend it fighting. Violence is not a good thing to live with. After the nightmare of what me and the kids went through with my ex, it is truly a blessing to be able to live with peace. This does not mean you ignore threats, but that you do your best to not stir the pot, so to speak.
  5. Just when you think it’s too late to follow your dreams, you find a new wind to work with. You push on, keep at the writing. It’s the only way to become a success. You have to give it time and patience. Even in those times that I felt like quitting, I remember all that I’ve been through. Things will come to pass if I continue to move forward.

Traci Kenworth

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32 thoughts on “Five Things I’ve Learned as a Writer – Guest Post by Traci Kenworth…

  1. Life has a way of turning our dreams up side down, doesn’t? I am truly glad that you’ve found the strength, and courage, to write again. Yes, it takes as long as it takes, but one day, one day you’ll hold your book in your hands, and it will all have been worth it.
    Not sure if this will encourage you, or dismay you, but I served what I call my ‘fiction apprenticeship’ from the year 2000 to 2013 when I finally published my first ebook. Now I’m doing my time as a journeyman. I hope to reach the level of master by the time I hit 80 or so. Never too late and never too old. 🙂

    -huge hugs-

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