Welcome to A Writer’s POV. If someone had told me that writing a novel would cause me to loose sleep, gain weight, snap at my husband, pull my hair out, (literally and figuratively) and kick the dog, if I had one, I never would have put pen to paper. But as they say, ignorance is bliss, and I plunged in and began writing my book with the na├»ve expectation that I’d be finished in a year. Needless to say, five years and seven drafts later, I’m still on my quest for the Holy Grail, a published novel. Although frustrating, I spent that time growing as a writer. Every rewrite, revision and critique taught me something. Every book I read or workshop I attended offered new insights and ways to improve my craft. My goal with this blog is to share with you what I've learned so far. To talk about issues that plague all writers, to talk about the nuts and bolts of writing. Despite the fact that it's all been said before, each of us has our own way of telling a story and hopefully you'll visit often for help, support or just for the fun of it to read the posts written from this writer's point of view.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

When Life Hands You an Empty Page, Begin a New Chapter

In my last post, I talked about how I was moonlighting, and had three jobs. I explained why I voluntarily gave up one, but was still moonlighting with the remaining two. I also may have whined about the weekend job that paid the bills while I worked at writing for Ocala's Good Life magazine. Well, life has a way of giving you what you want, even when you're not exactly sure what that is yourself.

Just before the holidays, I was "let go" from the weekend job. The company had been floundering for some time with enough managerial changes, resignations, terminations and lay-offs to make anyone question their job security. So I should have seen it coming, right? But I didn't. I was completely blind-sided. I admit it stung for a while, but I've gotten over the trauma and am now spending more time writing and trying to get representation for my romance novel.

The moral of the story: When life hands you an empty page, begin a new chapter.

Check back soon for "Chapter Two."