WHEN YOU BEGIN (or continue) a writing project and look at that new, clean, fresh page, have you ever wondered how many other people out there in the wide-wonderful-world are doing the same—even at the exact same time? When talking with one of my dear, self-published author/friends recently, our conversation left me with that thought. She will soon publish her third book and is already building concept-files for the next two! The fact that there are many “other” writers out there preparing to do the same doesn’t intimidate her in the least. Why? Because she is keenly aware that her topics, her writing style, her “voice” that will speak from the book pages are uniquely hers—and no one else can write her books.
Talking with this author also brought back memories of working with high school students as they built their writing skills—and developed their writing voices. One of the poets we studied was William Blake. In his lifetime, he was never really recognized for his writing gifts. In fact, it was once said of him that he was “the least-read poet in the English language.” Yet, his critics did not deter him. His writing career spanned the late 1700s-early 1800s. In 2002, Blake was listed as number 38 in the BBC’s poll of the 100 Greatest Britons. How wonderful it is to know that our works of writing will live into the future!
William Blake is also an inspiration for today’s Illustrators! In his day, his artistic gifts were labeled “printmaking,” created by transferring ink through a prepared screen to a sheet of paper. Each print was considered an original—not a copy—because they were inspired by the concept/image he held at that time. These works have also stood the test of time influencing artists and illustrators who add expert detail and fine lines to create personality and flare in each individual piece.
So it is that I “shout out” my encouragements to writers and illustrators in this New Year! You have gifts that need to be shared with the world. Don’t hesitate! The self-publishing arena has been developed just for you! Create your best work and get it into the hands of those who will appreciate it and love you for doing the hard work! 2014 IS YOUR YEAR OF SUCCESS!
|ABOUT ROYALENE DOYLE: Royalene Doyle is a Ghostwriter with Outskirts Press, bringing more than 35 years of writing experience to authors who need “just a little assistance” with completing their writing projects. She has worked with both experienced and fledgling writers helping complete projects in multiple genres. When a writer brings the passion they have for their work and combines it with Royalene’s passion to see the finished project in print, books are published and the writer’s legacy is passed forward.|