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Comment by Landa Daniels on May 21, 2009 at 3:24pm
Marlayne, can I ask what the Amy Grand song was? And what is the name of your book? Have you got any more in your head? books to write I mean....
Comment by Marlayne Giron on May 21, 2009 at 2:30pm
I found it easier to write my story while at work too while I was chained to the reception switchboard and IBM (yes, you heard right) typewriter. It took me about a year to write my book, no outline, first with the inspiration for the idea which "jumped" into my head after listening to an Amy Grant song, then with the general idea of what I wanted to tell and the end I wanted. However, I did rewrite and rewrite and rewrite the story many times over (first on the typewriter then transferred it to personal computer in the mid-80s) for a good 25+ years. The story matured along with me; at first it was rather silly and then it grew into a more serious tale. The last final touches came during the publication process with the Lord finally giving me the replacement dialogue at the last minute for a crucial line in the climax that I had never been very happy with. It was such an obvious choice it made me wonder why I hadn't thought of it sooner. My book was released on April 14th, 2009 - almost 30 years later and so far everyone who has read it has really liked it which is very gratifying because prior to publication, I couldn't pay people to read it!
Comment by Deb Hockenberry on May 21, 2009 at 2:19pm
Thanks Landa! Even though I've been had stories published by ezines a couple of times I feel I'm still an aspiring author or a newbie. I feel this way since we, as authors, are constantly learning. I'm working on a couple of books right now. One is a PB & 1 is a teen-YA. I really hope that one of them sells!
Deb :-)
Comment by Landa Daniels on May 20, 2009 at 2:58pm
Deb welcome aboard. we are a new group so don't be shy jump in share or what ever you want.
Comment by Landa Daniels on May 18, 2009 at 8:41am
Cliff, If it ain't broken don't fix it.
Comment by Cliff Ball on May 18, 2009 at 8:30am
I just start typing. Everyone thinks I should do an outline and write it down. I build it in my head, why would I want to mess it up by writing down an outline! ha ha
Comment by Landa Daniels on May 16, 2009 at 10:21am
Marlayne, I am so glad you joined. I hope you enjoy being with us. we are just getting started. Check out the information Jo-Anne posted.
Comment by Landa Daniels on May 16, 2009 at 10:16am
i have been on disability for 12 mo. you would think i would have plenty of time. And I am way past 35.LOL
do you just start typing? or do you have a system of getting the story line,charictors going first? just wondering
Comment by Cliff Ball on May 16, 2009 at 9:52am
Thanks. I'm 35, that pic of me is from 1999, when I was in my 20's! LOL I guess I should use a current pic, but, I've used this picture for so long, it turned into a habit using it for a profile pic.

I have a full time job at the city library where I live, plus going to college part time, so I bring a flash drive with me to work, and type up my stories when there's slow periods. I find I have more concentration at work than I do at home....
Comment by Landa Daniels on May 16, 2009 at 9:44am
Cliff, your book sounds so good. what an imagination you have. and to be published already, you look like you are in your 20's..
what prompted you to sit now and just do it. you must have a full time job also.what was your secret

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