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A Writer's Life

This is my first blog so please be kind, I’m still trying to get the hang of it, still trying to figure out what would be interesting to share. All I can come up with is a peek into the sheer exhilaration and deadening frustration of weaving a story that keeps the reader turning the pages all night.

I didn’t set out to become a writer. Check my bio for the story, it amazes even me. But once I started I quickly realized that it’s the most fulfilling thing I’ve ever done.

The most common question every writer gets is, “What’s your process?” I think that’s because most people have stories bubbling in their heads, and if only they learned the mystery of the “process” they could be put on paper.

The Israeli novelist, Amos Oz, states it beautifully by comparing himself to a shopkeeper. Every morning he wakes up, walks down to his shop, arranges the inventory, dusts the shelves, and waits for customers. Some days they come. Other days he sits and waits. But every day he shows up.

Writers sit at their computer waiting for customers, and when they come it’s a very good day. When they don’t you’re left with guilt, self-doubt, and an abiding feeling that you’ll never have an idea again.

Even as I’m putting the finishing touches on my new book, Black Angel, I wait for customers to tell me I have a nice store and the merchandise is good.
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