The Write Path Blogfest

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If you’re following this Blogfest, Thanks for stopping! This is a letter to my pre-author self. Enjoy and feel free to leave a comment. Thanks Carrie Butler for organizing a great event!

Hey Dana in 2008,


Yeah, you. I know it sounds crazy, but within the next few months, you’re going to start on a new wild adventure. I know, I know, that’s really is crazy. Life is pretty good right now, and you’re happy. A new adventure doesn’t sound like fun…you like it safe. I promise you, this is going to be fun. Sometimes you’ll want to kick yourself, and sometimes you’ll have doubts, but you must keep moving forward.
What am I talking about, you ask?
Well…wait for it… you’re going to write a novel. Um…actually you’re going to write several novels. Something sparks and I still can’t explain it, but GO WITH IT! Put pencil to paper and follow your heart.
Those character ideas in your head will run your life for a while, and they’ll practically write that story for you. Follow them. Let them do the work. Trust it and follow your instincts. Take chances! Enter contests! Say yes!
You’ll meet some fantastic people and make several new friends. You’ll meet some shits too, and some of those shits will abandon you, but that’s okay because you’ll find out quick enough that you don’t really need them. AND that’s another place to follow your instincts, if they feel a little off to begin with, back off early.
Oh, and try not to break the bank at Barnes and Noble when you hit their resources section. They have some great books on how to write a novel, and you’ll use them, but go easy at first. Most of that stuff is available online. Check out The Bookshelf Muse, they’re no longer under that name, but trust me, you’ll learn tons.


Have fun! Love you!
Dana from 2014


PS. Check out NaNoWriMo! You’ll meet some great people and learn to let your hair down a little.





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17 thoughts on “The Write Path Blogfest

  • I like that you advise to trust your gut and follow your instincts. So much appears to be aligned by industry, trends, success stories. We can fit the mold, but there aren’t any more guarantees there than following your own path. I’ve always found my own direction to be more fulfilling, though usually longer and error prone!

    • Yeah, I don’t pay much attention to trends, or maybe I’m just too slow to keep up with them. I write what I like to read, that makes it easy. Thanks for stopping by, Dean.

  • Nice. LOL on the B & N thing. I totally know what you mean there. Thankfully I’m a cheapskate and found all the free resources online first, then progressed to library books, and finally began building my own library. The resources are invaluable, but only a few of them are “must own” or “must read regularly” worthy.

    • I spent a long time in the library resources section too, but I like to write and highlight in my books so that wasn’t working for me. 🙂 Lately I rely less and less on those printed books on my shelf than I do on Google, but sometimes I’ll pick up my old favorite and flip through it for answers.

  • Like Crystal, I had a laugh on the B&N bank thing . . . I have a whole small bookshelf dedicated to writing books. A whole bookshelf . . . it may not be huge, but still. I’ve learned to use the library a lot more these last few years, and online resources. Studying and then trusting our own voice are some of the best pieces of advice!

    • Fortunately, most of the information sinks in eventually. 🙂 And, yes, once you knon the do’s and don’t’s it gets a lot easier to follow your gut.
      Thanks for visiting, Tyrean!

  • Those are the kind of characters I like, that tell their own story. Mine can be quite cagey! Following instincts is something all writers have to learn. Nice letter.

  • I love this, Dana. It’s amazing what our characters can do once we put the pencil to the paper. And we will never know unless we actually give them a go!
    I know a lot of writers who say they will get around to the ideas running around their heads but never actually put in the time for their manuscript. And I was once one of them. We MUST set aside time to write… whether it’s just a few minutes or a few hours a day. And if we have to miss a couple of days, then we should make an effort to pick it back up ASAP. Being an author means hard work and dedication.

    • Too true! I have three kids and a full time job. It’s really hard sometimes, but I make the time! We have too if we want to achieve our goals.

  • Take chances…enter contests! Yes! There was a point when I had hanging up above my computer, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take” to remind myself not to shy away from anything…because you never know what will lead you to that big moment.

    • Sometime it’s really hard to break out of our comfort zones. I’m a ‘safe zone’ kind of person too, so it was especially hard for me. But I didn’t and I’m sooo glad I did. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, Stephie!

  • oh dang, I love how honest and straight you were! great letter, and newest follower! glad to have found your blog through the hop!

    • Aw, thanks, Tammy! I spent a few weeks thinking about what I would write, but then decided to stop thinking about it and just write from my heart. I think it worked. I needed to just be straight and honest about it, instead of trying to be clever.

  • Of all the entries I’ve read, yours is the first to recommend NaNoWriMo. I’ve never tried it! Even at my fastest, I’m not THAT fast. 🙂

    • Haha! Speed isn’t a problem for me. I write fast, but that also means I do a lot of editing. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by! I think NaNo is a great way to break out of the “I can’t do it stage”. I had a couple of friends who wanted to write, but just wouldn’t get started. NaNo helped with that.

  • “Those character ideas in your head will run your life for a while…”

    I know how that goes! 🙂 Thanks for participating, Dana!

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