Okay, here I am. I am a working writer, not heralded by The San Francisco Chronicle or The New York Times. So what that I have nine published novels, 10, 11, and 12 in the can. It actually isn't that big of a deal. There are numerous writers out there doing their thing, writing books, hoping that maybe one day they can quit teaching that extra class.
But that's not me yet.
So what does a not famous writer do?
She writes. When I was learning how to write fiction, Annie Lamott taught me to write 300 words a day. She said,"Write 300 words a day, and in a year, you have a novel."
This is true advice. I've written all those novels that way.
So I sit down each morning and write my 300 words. Maybe I will do laundry and vacuum. Of course, there is the working out, the fight against flab. Then I go to work and teach. I teach for two colleges, Diablo Valley College and UCLA Extension. I work with people struggling to get their ideas down on paper. I talk a lot about process and hard work and sometimes, I get amazing ideas from them. It's good, hard, wonderful work.
I also have a life. Kids and a love and a house. I have friends and family and a mom. Do I have to say more?
Sometimes, really amazing fun things happen. I get a great letter via email. Someone asks me to speak to their group. I get nice checks that allow me to put my youngest son through college. I can pay my lawyer for my divorce. I know these aren't small things.
And can I tell you about the boots I just bought! Three and a half inch heels! Yikes.
But I am not like many of the folks on this site. I'm a not famous writer. I don't get noticed by most of my local papers. It's probably a miracle I was allowed to be listed here at all.
Okay, I hope I don't sound like I'm whining. Whining is gross. But sometimes I think people have strange ideas about writers. Once when I was at a reading in Roseville, CA, a woman stared at me before I began reading. I mean, bug eyes. I finally said, "Hi."
She nodded, swallowed, and said, "You aren't like all the writers I've read about. You aren't crazy. And you aren't drunk."
And there you have it.
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