One Writer’s Journey

July 31, 2014

Love What You Do

Love what you doYes, as a working writer, I need to earn and income.  If I can’t pay the electric company, out go the lights.  And the desktop.  You get the picture.

But I’ve also learned some tough lessons about taking work just for the money.  In short, don’t do it.  Your lack of enthusaism may not show in your writing, but it will show in your attitude.  Why torment those around you in the brick and mortar world when you can use the same energy to torment your characters?

No, it is simply much better to write about things you love.  Fortunately, the things that fascinate me are many and they are diverse.  I was that kid in school who loved math and english and geography and social studies and biology . . . This enthusiasm for a wide variety of topics is reflected in my nonfiction writing.

In May, I submitted the young adult book on the Ancient Maya.  I’ve got degrees in anthropology and history so this was a topic custom-made for me.  They could have given me just about any culture and I would have been happy but I got to pick one that fascinates me.  Woo-hoo.

I’ve got a work in progress that I just need to polish up.  It is a picture book on animal coloration.  As a biology nut, I love learning about animals and how they function in their environments.  Environments.  I can be just as fascinated studying about the desert as I am reading up on grasslands or forest.

My current work-in-progress is a mildly (to me) disgusting book on the biology of vomit. What is it?  Why is it necessary?  And how does it function in a wide variety of species?

Fortunately, I can bring equal levels of enthusiasum to all of these topics as well as a variety of fiction picture books and novels.

What is it that you love? Are you writing about it in some way?  If not, what’s stopping you?





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