Hello, my name is Claudia and welcome to my website. First I would like to say, “I count him braver who overcomes his desires than he who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self.”
Never considered myself much of a wordsmith, but rather a speaker. A techno geek undergirded by the spiritual side as it relates to Christianity. More of a vocabulary archeologist seeking words that will create faith and hope; for those who are facing the many hardships in life.
A dear friend once asked me, “How in the world are you able to write books with all that you have going on?” My reply “you just have to be disciplined.” It’s like anything else you want to accomplish—it takes patience and persistence. I had just finished two books.
At an interview last year they posed the question, “What is your writing process?” There is no particular writing process. Usually the title will come first and then an outline which is followed sequentially. But at times the chapters are written out of passion and sequence. Sometimes the ending my be written first. Starting to come into my own. Because of the genre, it is becoming less complex and more simplified; as the ideas flow more readily onto the pages. The writing process is taking less time. Now that my own creative process is being somewhat developed.
…as writers evolve so does the process
However, every good writer should know the five basic steps in the writing process: Prewrite, write, revise, edit and publish. Understand this process is not etched in stone as writers evolve so does the process. These are the basics. How you apply them to your creative process, making it a success; is entirely up to you.
R.L. Stine once said, “People say, ‘What advice do you have for people who want to be writers?’ I say, they don’t really need advice, they know they want to be writers, and they’re gonna do it. Those people who know that they really want to do this and are cut out for it, they know it.”
…but everyone does not have a gourmet palate
To me, writing is a lot like grocery shopping. You make a list of all the ingredients for whatever it is you are cooking. Then carefully select those ingredients from the shelf and check off the list as you go. Once you’ve purchased all these items, you go home and mix them carefully according to the recipe. But some recipes have optional ingredients. After the meal is complete you consider it to be a gourmet dinner. Which it well may be. However, everyone does not have a gourmet palate. And while that may have been one of your best plates—you thank them for coming. After the cleanup, try using your imagination for improvement upon that recipe. Taking in stride a lesson well learned while not being offended.
Had J.K. Rowlings tossed the Harry Potter manuscript…
In other words, if you don’t succeed keep trying. You never know when a breakthrough is going to come. No one likes rejection; least of all me. Insomuch, as with each new experience am still learning; sometimes rejection is really just redirection. Had J.K. Rowlings tossed the Harry Potter manuscript back on the pile, after that twelfth rejection—-her one moment in time would have passed her by. Harry Potter would have been a gourmet creation somewhere in a landfill. Instead of online, in bookstores or on library shelves. And the Harry Potter Series would not have been the best-selling book series in history.
The heart of a man plans his own way but the LORD…
Writing was something to which I never aspired. Although I’d written some poetry in high school. A writing career was not something I pursued. The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps. (Proverbs 16:9) God adorned my mind with revelations that are feverishly being typed at my computer. When my fingers touch the keyboard His spirit touches mine. This is why keeping a winning attitude in spite of your circumstances is so important. While reading my manuscripts, the thought is “No way could you have written this! These words came from the LORD!” My books will not be found on the New York Times Bestseller’s List yet. But am striving to get there every day .
If you are new to this—please do not be too hard on yourself. Like me, you are probably your own worst critic. This newbie is still learning and still evolving. Just stay dedicated to the proposition not all writers are created equal. All writers are created equally different. Then the defeatist attitude will not become part of your everyday thought process. And your mind will be free to create those marvelous recipes we call stories.
Source of R.L. Stine’s quote: GoodReads.
Claudia is a former staff writer and editor for the now defunct Obsidian News. She is also a member of the International Association of Professional Writers and Editors and is also a member of the Tampa Writer’s Alliance. To see some of her work feel free to browse in The Bookstore.
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