Sunday, June 12, 2005

Eating my cake

In September, I will celebrate ten years as a published fiction writer. It never occurred to me in January 1994 when I wrote the first line of SEALED WITH A KISS that I would be the author of 3o fiction titles by September 2005. It boggles my mind. I guess I've been working hard, because in the meantime, I've been writing very serious stuff for such organizationsas the World Bank, the United Nations Population Fund, The United Nations Population Division, TheWorld Fertility Survey, various developing countries and foundations engaged in population activities.

And before I began writing fiction, I worked full time as a demographer. But fiction writing gives me a real bang. Sometimes, my imagination runs amuck, and I have to reel it in, but most of the time I'm as happy writing as a little pig in hog heaven. So if you've always wanted to write, get a piece of paper and pen or pencil, or a typwriter(what's that?) or a computer and write. Perhaps I'll meet you at a writer's or reader's conference. This is the life.

If one of my fellow writers disagrees, let me know.


At 10:12 PM, Blogger Donna Hill said...

I know all about procrastination.... I am a master of it! LOL. Did a piece on the same topic on my blog as well. It takes true skill to be a procratinator and still look incredibly busy!... Good luck on the book. Nice blog.

At 7:57 AM, Blogger M Monkou said...

Gwen, I have procrastinated so much. Then when a real crises occurs to delay me, it's even worse because I was already procrastinating. I pitched a story to an editor in early '04, reiterated that I was working on it in mid'04. Then in May, '05, found out the line was going bye bye. After having a stern self-talk, I committed to a three-day deadline to get the proposal out to a new line started by this same editor. I went over the three days, not because I procrastinated, but to make the story tighter. I did manage to get the proposal in the mail and I'm very proud of myself for accomplishing this. But why did I have to do it the hard way :-)

At 8:58 AM, Blogger Shelia said...


My aunt gave me your first book and I've been a fan every since. I've been procrastinating for the past two weeks...I need to stop blogging and get to

At 1:19 PM, Blogger Cherlyn Michaels said...

I must chime in as well as I am all too familiar with procrastination. Even when I have days to fully devote to writing, I can come up with small things that I need to do all of a sudden and that as soon as I get them done, then I can be worry free and concentrate fully on my writing. Yep, that's a procrastination technique.

At 2:19 PM, Blogger BridgetteAlyce said...

Gwynne I can only say KUDOS! for being in this art form for 10 years! If I knew then what I know now, say...almost 30 years ago before I left college, I would have taken my then-boyfriend-turned-husband's advice and gone into journalism, period. English was going to at least be my minor, but I procrastinated...and slipped into social sciences (Psych/Soc) because I had so many credits by my junior year. I've been writing all my life, prose, poetry, song lyrics, and music. I've ended up in human services (County) for 8 years, after being a high school teacher for about 10 years. But for the past 6 years, I've been encouraged (strongly) by people I've met online, to publish my work. Now that the book is set to release Aug. 8, I'm looking forward to gradually working what I always loved. A few friends I've had the pleasure to meet in the publishing business, have asked if I would consider writing novels. I always felt that was an awesome discipline to master...writing poetry and amassing a large collection over the years hasn't seemed so daunting a task. (especially since I didn't set out to publish my poetry). Now that I am associating with so many gifted authors that I've had the pleasure to read (I've died and gone to reader's heaven!), I am thinking more and more about sitting myself down, not wasting ANY more time, and doing the work.

In short, I've gone the circuitous route to happiness... but I thank God I didn't miss out altogether. I now know.

At 6:46 PM, Blogger Christine Townsend said...

I've just completed the final proof of my fourth novel and am still grateful to be published. If I had it to do over again, I think I would have submitted earlier. But in the midst of full career and raising children, I couldn't find the time to complete a thought. Now that my children are older, I enjoy writing. I would do if for free. Even the re-writes and q's from my editor don't dampen my enthusiasm.

At 10:07 AM, Blogger Dyanne said...

Gwynne, since your question dealt with eating and todya is the 4th and yesterday I made the best tasting corn bread ever I thought you had taken a peek inot my home. Yes we're heavy and it would be nice if we could lose weight for health as well as making it easier to do other things. I'm also glad that I checked out your blog because my web mistress told me that if I did a blog no one else could post. Now I see she's wrong. She charges me everytime I need something added and I'm thiking a blog would cut down on thanks. As for the's that cornbread. LOL.



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