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Friday, January 28, 2011

Friday Spotlight: Amber Kallyn

Why I love to write

Ha! That should be why I must write.

I can’t not do it.

But, recently a wonderful editor decided to take a chance. She published me.
My dream has come true.

There are so many people out there working their tail off to improve and trying to get published, sometimes I take a step back and wonder how I happened to get so lucky.

I’ve been working at the craft seriously -- IE trying to get published -- for half a decade. Yet, sometimes, it still seems like everything has happened overnight.

Whodda Thunk?

I am so truly blessed to be able to do this, and to connect with people who -- gasp -- love my stories. It is truly an amazing experience and I thank everyone who has helped me get to where I am today.
So, for all aspiring authors out there, here’s my advice:


Butt In Chair, Hands On Keyboard

One of my favorite quotes is by the all-knowing Anonymous, “You can’t edit a blank page.”

It can be hard to turn off that inner editor. But regardless how much it feels like what you’re writing is awful, at least it’s there. It’s written. And it can be edited and revised into better shape. A blank page is just a blank page.

Consistency is key. The more you write, especially every day even if only a few minutes here and there, the better a writer gets. And, the more you write, the closer you are to that goal.

2. Improve your craft

Always work to improve. There are so many ways to do this, from critique groups to online workshops to self-help books. Even the most brilliant genius can gain from trying to learn more.

3. NEVER give up

Perseverance really is the key. Work hard, improve your craft, hone your talent. If you don’t give up, it will happen.

What drives you and makes you keep writing?

1 comment:

Cathy M said...

Congrats on your success, Amber. Nothing is going to ever happen if you don't follow #1.

Family is what inspires me.