Wednesday, January 17, 2007

A Little Adventure into an Unknown World.

For longer than I can remember people have been telling me that I should get my 'work' published. My normal reaction to this is to smile sweetly and reply "hmm, maybe I'll give it a try". But to be honest I never have. There are I think probably two reasons for this, firstly I have never really thought that I had anything 'special', I never had faith in the things that I wrote, not that I wasn't personally happy or on occasions proud of my writing, but I just never really thought of any of it as being that special, or something that anyone would particularly want to read. The second reason and probably more pertinent is that I had no idea how to get published! Silly I know, but on reflection I think being honest if I had been that driven I would have found a way. Actually there is probably a third reason, more important than the other two, I didn't have a 'voice', you can only write convincingly if you know your own 'voice'.

When I was younger, quite a bit younger as it goes, my dream was to write a novel, get published... I'm sure that there are many of you out there who know exactly what I am talking about. However that would never have happened when I was younger, quite simply I didn't have the life experience to be able to write convincingly. As I have grown older I have as happens to us all faced many situations, (some good, some bad), that have affected my life and provided me with the 'seasoning' to be able to give life to situations and characters that I write about.

I suppose what I trying to say is that I am a late developer, I have as I always do come late to this particular party. Having spent time preparing to the 'enth' degree, I am now buffed and polished and ready to enjoy myself. Perhaps it is time to dip my toe into the whirling waters of the publishing world. Who knows what could happen, maybe just soggy feet! You never know unless you give it a try.. here's to a new adventure!!!

7 at confession:

Kim Ayres said...

BBC Scotland are doing a 'write a novel in a month' thing (see Write Here, Write Now) which might be worth joining in to get kick started with the process (you don't have to be living in Scotland to join in)

Kate said...

I was going to point you in Kim's direction. Anyhow, I'm saying the same to you as I said to him GO FOR IT! I'll be cheering you both on.

Pendullum said...

Go For IT!!!
Yeehhhewwww!!! I am in your court cheering... and I would line up for your book signing.... Saying 'I knew you when!!!!'

Attila The Mom said...

You should do it! You have a fabulously unique voice.

Catherine Cookson, one of my favorite authors, didn't get published until well into her 40's, and then went on to write about 90+ books (but you prolly already know that).

If she could do it, I know YOU can!

Dr Joseph McCrumble said...

Hey Jude

If I can do it, I'm damn sure you can...

You write very, very well

Stinkypaw said...

Good luck with that! And when you do get published let us know, so we can read it!

St Jude said...

Thank you everyone, I'm really grateful for your support, and I'm determined to go for it.

 
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