or How to be Both a Novice and a Seasoned Pro at the Same Time
I am a writer and an aspiring author. What I mean by this is that I write everyday, but am not yet published or earning income from my writing. Once I have an agent, a publishing deal and a clear pathway to my next project, I will be an author. For now, I am still very much a novice.
As a writer, I have an output that I can be proud of. I have written thousands of pages which include the following:
- three partially finished novels
- dozens of short stories
- a children’s picture book, in rhyme
- the complete book for a musical
- the incomplete libretto for an opera
- a handful of songs
- a double handful of comedy sketches
- half a dozen short films
- one YA novel completed, rewritten, edited and readied for querying.
In addition to all this writing, I have spent countless hours researching the craft: reading books, visiting websites and Blogs, joining forums, Facebook groups and Twitter discussions. I belong to a very active writing and critique group. I read like crazy. All of this background work, besides being immensely valuable to me personally, turns out to be exactly the thing that takes me out of the Novice category and makes me something more.
Sometimes I am so used to concentrating on the things I don’t know, that I forget to celebrate the things I do. The fact is, we are all on a journey, and at every stage of it, we are likely possessors of knowledge that will prove valuable to another embarking on the journey behind us. I am grateful for the generosity of spirit that imbues the writing community in general and I pledge to share what I have learned in that same spirit.