My Write Place (when I'm not on my laptop)
Yes, I'm a writer, and you have no idea how much of a misnomer that is to me. Even though I've written and published six books with a seventh on the way, I don't consider myself a writer. And why is that? I'll make this fast.
First of all, I've always heard that you should write what you know about, so I didn't. The closest I've ever gotten to police work is a TV remote and reruns of Hill Street Blues (look it up). I 'write' police procedural stories I call the "Tony Rains Novel Series." You may have noticed I use the word 'Novel' in the series title, but I do not consider myself a novelist. Highfalutin titles like that do not fit me or my writing. No offense to all the Novelists in the world so deserving of the accolade. I don't think I'm deserving of the title. I'm more of a hobby writer like some people enjoy cross-stitch as their pastime. Writing is my pastime.
Many indie writers today consider themselves Novelists. I'm sure they're deserving of the title. They're better writers than me. I'm comfortable saying that mainly because I have no formal training as a writer. All I bring to the table when I sit down to write is a passion for the pursuit. I simply love storytelling. That's especially true when the ideas are plentiful and the words are working in my favor.
I didn't begin writing in earnest until I was fifty years old. As a fiction writer, I make up plausible scenarios and write about them. And now that I'm 62 and retired, writing is pretty much what I do when I'm not napping. I usually write upwards of fifteen-hundred words a session, two sessions a day. When the juices are gushing, there's no telling how many words I'm capable of putting to paper. I hope I'm becoming a better storyteller with every book.
Notice I haven't said anything about ever mastering the writing craft. I don't ever see that happening, ever. I don't have the necessary training in the mechanics of writing, punctuation in particular. When in doubt, I slap a comma down.
You hear many people say they write for themselves, for the love of storytelling. That's true of me. I love storytelling. Writing gives me something to do with my time, especially now that I'm retired. I don't write for the money either. Have you read any of my books? If you have, you certainly would not pay to read the next one. And lastly, writing is not a zero-sum game. I write in the hope that readers get enjoyment from the stories I imagine.
My sixth book, "Talking Dead," came out at the end of December 2019, and book seven in the series is in the works. I hope to publish 'The Rocker Agency' in January 2021.
When I'm not on my MacBook Pro laying down words, you'll find me seated in "my write place" in front of my window on my world, with the blinds open, of course. The thoughtful feline you see there is not my cat. My son dropped Loki-Doki off for a few days while he moved. That was almost five years ago.
I'm a writer, but you already knew that..!