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Guest Blog: Laurie Brown

The book girl is excited to have Laurie Brown, the author of What Would Jane Austen Do?, guest blogging today on what it takes to be a writer. Thank you, Laurie, for giving us a peek into what it’s like for you.

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It’s a beautiful Saturday afternoon and yet here I am inside at my computer as usual. Why? Because weekends and evenings are my writing time. More authors than you might think still work full-time jobs and eke out computer time late at night or early in the morning, and on weekends.

When I first started writing I heard a speech by a multi-published author who asked, “How much do you want to be a writer? Enough to spend hours at the computer when you’re inspired to write? Enough to drive to writer’s meetings in bad weather? Good, you’re on your way.

“Now how much do you want to be a published writer? Are you willing to give up your favorite TV program, dinner with friends, and lazy weekends? Are you willing to ask your family and friends for understanding and help? Are you disciplined enough to write every day, to keep writing until you’ve reached a specific page goal? Even if you’re not feeling particularly inspired? (That’s why they invented re-writing.) Are you willing to stay at your computer even though your back hurts and your computer even though your back hurts and your fingers ache? I wanted it enough to give up Wednesday night bingo, to ask my husband and children to do more chores (and they agreed!), and I gave up Saturday morning coffee and shopping at the mall with friends (really hard to do). I made a writing schedule and I’ve stuck to it to this day. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday nights I write 3-5 pages. Saturday and Sunday I write 15-20 pages. One weekend off per month which can be split. Saturday last week, Sunday this week. (btw Happy Mother’s Day to everyone.)

When the writing is going well, I’m not even conscious of my fingers moving or words on the screen. The story just seems to flow as the action happens all around me. Eventually, I come back to reality and realize that hours have passed, I’m hungry, and I have to go to the bathroom when I read what I wrote, I don’t remember typing the individual words, and yet the feeling is kinda euphoric. The first time that happened to me, I thought I’d gone off the deep end. Then I found out it has a name, creative flow. Cool. Since that meant I wasn’t crazy, I wanted more. So I keep writing. Unfortunately, I can’t get into flow on a schedule. Writing isn’t always easy and staring at a blank screen is terrifying.

So why do I keep doing it? Because when I see the completed book and actually hold it in my hands, I know it’s worth whatever I had to go through to get there. That’s why so many authors compare writing a book to childbirth. The painful stuff seems to fade from memory as I reward my supportive family with plates of lasagna and other homemade favorites, and celebrate with friends I haven’t seen for awhile.

Okay, I confess I also make a trip to the bookstore to see my new book on the shelf. I still get a thrill from it. In my latest release What Would Jane Austen Do? a modern heroine goes back in time to 1814 to meet the real Jane Austen. Eleanor also attends a ball, prevents a duel, helps solve a mystery for two ghosts, and meets the sexy Regency rake, Lord Shermont.

And last week when I went to the bookstore in the mall with my shopping pals, there it was. On the shelf. My beautiful book. Chills I tell you. Absolutely worth whatever it takes.

Happy Reading,

Laurie Brown

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