Those of you that are familiar with me know I published my first novel in 2003 at the age of 60. But you may not know that I got the bug to write as a teenager.
You may ask why the large gap in years? Even as a child I had an active imagination and came up with stories that were adventurous and exciting. And, of course, I was often the hero. When I entered my teen years this ability to conceive stories (never told to anyone) led me to desire to write. English became one of my favorite classes.
But choosing a writing career doesn’t guarantee you actually start writing and publishing books. To achieve this requires a commitment. Thus the reason for the title ‘Hooked on Writing.’
You are likely going to run into roadblocks that either frustrate or cause you to stop. You are tempted to quit. Being hooked on writing is all about persevering. You press forward.
As a teenager I wanted to write, but I knew precious little about writing a book. In my early twenties I served in the Navy and got out in 1968 at the age of 25. You might consider this my first roadblock. But at worst it was a delay.
I shortly afterward signed up for a course on writing. About the time I was making progress I ran out of money. This was my second roadblock. And it effectively stopped me in my tracks.
In 1973 I received Christ as my Savior. This motivated me to want to write Christian fiction. But I still knew little about the subject. Frustrated in this effort I turned to poetry. I liked (still do) rhyming poetry. I began writing poems. In addition, I began writing computer programs for my own use. Neither of these furthered my career, although the poetry played a role in winning the heart of my future wife.
I continued trying to write stories. However, most stories lasted only a chapter or two while one actually went much further before being abandoned. In every case, I was unable to relate to the characters I developed or the plot itself.
But in 2001 I had a breakthrough. I was reading my Bible for my daily devotions. I was in Genesis, chapter 6 where you read of Noah and the Flood. Sudden inspiration struck! While the facts of the event are laid out for everyone to see, there is a story behind the story never told. I set out to tell that story.
Since then I have written several novels and am completing a rewrite of my novel Perished: The World That Was. It will be available soon.
Are you tempted to quit? To throw in the towel? Are you frustrated by some roadblock such as: lack of money, uncooperative characters, or a plot going nowhere?
The question for you to answer is: Are you hooked on writing?
If so, don’t give up. There are things you can do:
- Write something other than fiction
- Read other authors in your genre
- Be open to ideas
- Take a course
Praying is important because if you are a Christian you should want God’s blessing. He will answer that prayer, but maybe not as fast as you like. Be patient.
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R. Frederick Riddle is the author of several books. For more information on him visit his Amazon Authors Page. He is also co-founder and Vice President of T&R Independent Books where his books are featured.