Yesterday I sat down to write a guest blog post for my pen name. The subject had to be on writing or the writing life. As I wrote about my journey I noticed a common theme – grief or despair fueled the heights of my career.
While I was being abused by my ex-husband I wrote my most intense stories for the Trues. When I lost my son at 6 days old I went on to write 12 novels.
When life was good I continued to write, but that raw emotion wasn’t present. Sure I still wrote compelling stories, just not as emotional.
Now, I’m not saying that life has to be in turmoil to write. I’m only realizing my writing was the strongest during these times. So, now I have to find a way to capture those heights, but not live in the lows.
The bottom line I never gave up. No matter how tough life got, I pushed forward.
I’ve decided to create my persona again. I’ll be taking on a new pen name. This time I’m going to open old wounds and write from the heart. My books are going to be on tough subjects, but true ones. In the end I live by six words:
Never give up on your dreams
I wear many different writers’ hats. I write non-fiction, fiction, newsletters, long, short, it didn’t matter. The writing bug lives inside me and not matter what any naysayers have to say, I will charge forward.