This week’s guest contributor is Barbara G.Tarn, an indie published author who loves to write. What’s the balance for you between the joy of writing and the need for recognition, audience, income or however else you envision rewards? (Lynda Williams)
I started writing in my teens, pre-internet, and in Italy. There were no creative writing courses nor agents around. I started jotting down stories thinking one day a publisher would knock on my door and publish them. (OK, I still believed in fairy tales!). By my 30s I started going to comicons and producing my own zines.
I kept churning out stories and started going to book fairs, which brought me a little closer to my original dream of being published. With the New Millennium came also the first writing courses that taught me POV and other stuff I had never thought about, and I met my first English speaking writers group.
As my confidence grew in English, I kept writing. At first I translated (“recycled” old stories), but then I started writing directly in English. I have so many more stories to tell and more come up every day… and I enjoy it in spite of critiques, so I’ll keep doing it no matter what. It has become a routine for me, go home and write. OK, feel free to tell me to get a life, but I’m quite pleased with the one I have, thank you!
I’m also very much a Pantser, with very loose outlines, although I’ve now written down a Silvery Earth bible for obvious reasons, as the many stories cover many centuries and countries, and I have also many family trees. I like to improvise or follow my characters wherever they want to take me. I also write “in reverse”, bones first, meat in the rewrites, so my first drafts are usually quite short, but at least I put the story out there.
I recently had a comment on my blog: “I hope you manage to relax as well as work during your little holiday!” My answer: “I relax only when I ‘work’!
I call writing my real job, but I don’t feel it is work. When I force myself to stop and take a break, I itch to continue. Writing is a compulsion, an addiction, my husband, my love(r) and my happiness.
Do you love the actual writing or dread it? Are you in it to make money or to have fun?
Barbara G.Tarn is a writer, sometimes an artist, mostly a world-creator and story-teller. She’s been building her world of Silvery Earth for a number of years – stories comprise shorts, novels and graphic novels. An indie published author, she blogs at http://creativebarbwire.wordpress.com