Friday, October 22, 2010

I am an author

I looked up author in the dictionary: the writer of a literary work (as a book).

It doesn't say "published book." It just says "book." I wrote one, folks. Typed those precious three letters -end- about an hour ago.

So, I guess I am an author.

I can't yet share much, but I can tell you you'll find Lincoln in this book, he'll inspire you and you'll learn from him. Along the way, you'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll stop and think.

There's more to this whole writing process than meets the eye, folks - tears, exhilaration, doubt, certainty. And, at the end there is one tremendous sense of satisfaction!

Next steps
This was but one step in an ongoing process. First, you fight the ideas. Then, once you find it, you fight to keep the words from rushing out at times when you can't capture them. Next, you make it the biggest priority ever, so you can write, write, write. You write till you drop. You write till you're done. Then you type -end-.

It will rest a bit now, then undergo sculpting, rest a bit again, get some polish, and travel away.

I'll let you know how the journey goes. I can tell you I'm very proud of my little gem.

Thanks to all who offered their support. I did it!

Ann

4 comments:

Joan said...

Ann,
I found your site through a comment you left at Galesburg Register-Mail.
Congratulations on finishing your first book.
I hope to read the published book some day!
Joan Kisler Semande

Lincoln Buff 2 said...

Joan,

Thanks so much. I'm in revisions now, hoping to get them done and get it off to my reader panel just after the first of the year. It's been a lot of work, but very fulfilling.

Thanks for dropping by.
Ann

Richard Doetsch said...

Great site, Ann. Thanks for your kind tweet!!!!! Best of luck with the writing my fellow author!!!!!!

Lincoln Buff 2 said...

Richard,

Thanks so much. The whole revision process can be a bit overwhelming, but I'll get there - and it will be worth it.

I read your website. Don't know how you fit so much into a day. Amazing! Will have to check out your books since you're sacrificing sleep to bring them to us.

All the best,
Ann