Say hello to today’s guest blogger, Susan Royal who shares with us how her writing career got started…
Ever since I was a child, I’ve been hooked on storytelling and becoming a writer. I still have my first attempt. A book made out of ruled notebook pages and bound with red ribbon, written and illustrated in pencil. I couldn’t have been more than five years old at the time.
My desire to become a writer went hand in hand with the love of words and the way they can make a scene come alive. Like a lot of people, I didn’t get serious about it until later in life. I finally decided if I was ever going to fulfill my dream, I needed to write something and finish it. I joined an online critique group. I wrote, revised, edited, and submitted and eventually published my first book. A time travel romance.
Four books later, I’m still writing. But I’m not churning out a book a year like anymore. There’ve been big changes in my life. And I’ve tried a lot of new things. Some have worked. Some haven’t. Maybe the most important thing I’ve learned is this.
Every writer has a unique style. Learning new techniques are invaluable, but only if they don’t stifle your creativity. I struggled to change because I thought it would make me more productive and lost my perspective in the process. Don’t stop improving, but don’t stop doing what works for you.
Above all, this is what I want for my readers. Lose yourself in my story. Start the first page, asking “what if?” and end it wondering “why not?”
Links for Susan’s Work
Xander’s Tangled Web (YA Fantasy)
From Now On (time travel, adventure, romance)
In My Own Shadow (fantasy, adventure, romance)
Not Long Ago (time travel, adventure, romance)
Available at MuseItUp, Amazon, B&N, Goodreads