With millions of people living in the United States and not counting the billions around the world, I am confident to say that there are other teachers out there moonlighting as writers. For that matter, I know several who try to balance the teaching work load with their need and desire to write.
From the several million books currently listed on Amazon and with people labeling and identifying themselves as authors whether that means they wrote a really short story (under 30 pages) to novella length, novel, and beyond; I’m not alone on this quest.
What many people don’t understand is the daily need to create a story. For many writers, regardless of subject matter, the characters we bring to life are fascinating beyond belief. Granted some characters are mundane and downright boring, but the situations we can place them in create some interesting stories to say the least.
These tales don’t develop over night. Writers by natures are a more secluded group, whether in circumstance or by practice. I don’t know any writers within my circle of contacts that compose in a group setting or writers group. Instead they set aside time daily regardless of the schedule. Each person has an ideal setting to maintain. Some want Enya while others want the Beastie Boys to rock out to when creating a scene. Others need to be in the woods or near water. Still others want to be around the hustle and bustle of a city, walking the streets with a note pad in hand. For many we have to set aside time that takes away socializing with friends and family, but we do it because the story calls us to act and write.
Regardless of how it gets done, the time is not wasted but invested. Many of us see the investment paying off in the final product. Whether that story is seen by millions, thousands, a few hundred, or a handful; the ability to create and share for many is good enough.
On a related note, I have been busy this year. In January and February I completed my final adult fiction novel and then mid April found myself beginning the Fox and the Girl series. What I thought might be one book quickly turned into 2. But now, realizing Keira and Luza’s stories are just getting started, the series is going to be at least five books.
Some might ask do you know what’s going to happen? I will only say I have a firm starting point and I have notes written somewhere as to the last few pages in the series. How we get there remains to be seen, but I think the journey and the process will be just as important as the final outcome.