Hello to everyone out there in WG2E Land!
Today’s post is about making a transition into another part of the e-pub world. As many of you have certainly figured out by now, I am David Slegg, D.D. Scott’s new co-author for the STUCK WITH A Series of serial novels.
I should start out by saying that I’m not leaving the editing business. So, if I’ve been editing for you, don’t panic. The Edit Dude isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. I’m just diving into the writing world as well.
Just like the newborn calf shown in the image above who’s taking his first steps, I’m taking my first steps into the writing world. Some of you may have already seen this little fellow. He was featured as my first Farm Pic of the Week on my blog.
I always knew that I wanted to write, but I had a hard time convincing myself that I was ‘ready’ to write. As I mention on my author bio page on my site, I took to heart the old adage that you should live before you sit down to start telling stories.
To my way of thinking, Henry David Thoreau summed it up best with his take…
- How vain it is to sit down to write if you have not stood up to live.
There have been times in the past when I was reading a particular popular book and thought to myself, “I could write just as well or better than this author in my sleep.” There were also other times when I was reading the work of writers such as Cormac McCarthy or Arundhati Roy and thought, “I could never write anything even approaching this. Why even try?”
Since then, I’ve come to realize that I don’t have to be as brilliant as those writers. I just have trust in and be true to my own voice.
I’m exited to be starting out on my journey as a debut author and I’m even more excited and honored to have the opportunity to begin this journey with the know-how and invaluable counsel of my amazing co-author, Amazon and Barnes & Noble Top 100 Bestselling Author D.D. Scott.
It’s going to be great to see how this all unfolds. As I mentioned above, I’m going to be sharing a Farm Pic of the Week on my blog every Thursday, as well as a Farm Pic of the Day on Facebook and Twitter each day. I hope you’ll come on over and connect with me Down on the Farm. I think this is going to be a wonderful journey.
How about all of you out in WG2E Land? What was the beginning of your writing journey like? What advice would you most like to share with new authors?