When I was settled in my seat on Norwegian Air to London, mid-July at ten p.m., giddy with awe, I whipped out Memoirs of a Solo Traveler: My Love Affair with Italy, written by Margie Miklas, which remained my constant touchstone throughout my trip, offering morsels of information, experiences, and comedic interactions with the Italian community.
Not only have I learned how to eat healthfully and continue my healthy lifestyle no matter what’s going on in my life, or where I go, I also learned to write every day, no matter what and no matter whom I’m around. Each day I write 500 words a day taking me from start to finish with each book. All I need is a space, my lap top and a place to sit and I’m good to go.
When I’m home or at my getaway place I’ll listen to spa radio (Pandora) in the background, in a soft recliner, sitting Indian style, and away I go, if time permits I remain planted for hours.
I’ve written on planes, trains, in cars, waiting lines, and the other day at the car wash on a bench. It can be loud, quiet, and even windy, without distraction, I slip into the zone and pound away. I can look at a blank walk or out at the ocean with a spectacular view. I welcome all environments.
Other writers have other styles and tips. I’m honored and thrilled to share with you a guest blog piece on the writing process with the very author, Margie Miklas. Yes, the very author that I traipsed through Italy carrying her beloved book on Margie’s experience in Italy, while I was beginning mine.
Onto Margie Living the Writer’s Dream….
A Writer’s Dream and the Writing Process
Writers all have their own preferences for writing. Some write early in the morning, some write at night, and most of the good ones write every day. It’s all part of the writing process. Here’s how this writer achieved her dream by following her writing process.
Positano on the beautiful Amalfi Coast finishing up Critical Cover-Up, my first novel.
Colors of Naples and the Amalfi Coast. I think it’s more than a coincidence that after I finished that book , I chose the Amalfi Coast as the place to find my inspiration to complete writing the first draft of Critical Cover-Up.
Writing my first draft is now complete and I have begun the first rewrite, another part of the writing process. After completing this lengthy process, i can say I have finished the second draft. My manuscript is in the hands of four beta readers, whose feedback will be invaluable to me, as I review it and continue with the rewriting process and the third draft. After that I will hand it over to my editor who will send it back to me to make more changes and start the fourth draft. All part of the writing process. A good editor and award-winning author once told me to expect to write at least five drafts before publishing a book. At first I though she was crazy but I have since learned that she was right.
I’ll then be working on my cover, collaborating with an expert I know and trust. I plan to release my book as an e-book as well as a paperback edition, and it will be available on Amazon.com as well as in the UK and other countries.
If all goes well I am hoping for a spring release date, so definitely stay tuned for more updates.
Enjoy a few more photos from my inspiring place in Italy. All I have to do is see these images and I feel completely relaxed.
How about you? What relaxes you? Where is your go-to place to feel inspired? I’m eager to hear your feedback so please leave a comment.
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Grazie and Ciao
Addendum: As of the fall, 2017, Critical Cover-Up has been published and is available on Kindle and in paperback. Check it out here.
Stay tuned…my next blog is about four sisters spending almost one week together under the same roof for the first time since kids. Yep, me and my three sisters….
You can leave a comment by scrolling down to the section that says leave a reply. I look forward to hearing from you! I’m sure you have writing tips of your own or maybe questions about the writing process. I think of my writing process as I do my healthy lifestyle…it’s something I do every day…no matter what.
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