Hello and thanks for joining us! We really appreciate it! This week’s challenge comes from the amazing A.S. Fenichel:
What’s the best part of being a writer? What’s the worst?
The best part? Everything to do with the actual writing process. Coming up with an idea is always exciting. Then, deciding the when and where. Next comes the research. Lots and lots of research. I love it. I learn so much from every book I write. I never liked history until I started to see it as people rather than just dates and outcomes.
After research, the characters forming in my head evolve.
Then, I sit at my keyboard and let the story pour out. I am lucky enough to not suffer from writers’ block. Sometimes I get stuck on a plot point, but then I just step away for a while until it resolves. Which, happily, so far, it always seems to do. And then seeing what my fabulous cover artist, Jena Brignola, designs for me. It makes my vision really come to life.
Next is editing, which I actually enjoy, since the book always comes out so much better. That thanks goes to Jenn Bray-Weber.
And last, writing “The End” which is bittersweet. Loving the process, hating to see it end, then getting excited again by another idea or a continuation of the series.
The worst? Marketing. The competition is so fierce and there are so many choices: social media, blogs, classes to take, options to weigh. Some things work, some don’t, some work only part of the time. So necessary, but not so much fun.
All in all, though, I have the best job in the world!!!!
Now let’s hop over to the fabulous Brenda Margriet and see her take on this….