Thinking perhaps novel writing is not my forte, I contacted the local paper here and asked if they needed writers. The editor returned my call and asked if I had any experience. I said,”Nope. I write novels but would be interested in trying something new.” So he asked for a sample.
And he loved it!
I asked my husband what he thought about it. He reluctantly agreed. Since it’s a small town and we don’t exactly have a last name like “Smith” or “Johnson”, he was hesitant. “I guess as long as you don’t get too personal,” he said.
When I first found out, I was excited. Maybe this is it instead of novels. I enjoy novels but they are time-consuming. And apparently I suck at writing them. Ya know, the whole plotting, character development, the works.
Me: I can’t decide. I’m with him on some parts. You all know how I write. It’s not exactly fluff. It’s deep, meaningful, and at times vulnerable.
Yet if I’m ever going to have a writing career, I gotta take a risk some time. After all, readers have to be able to identify with you and if they can’t feel what you’re feeling, then you’ve failed as a writer. And name recognition goes a long way into getting a novel published. Look at all the celebrities who get their works published just because of who they are.
So, I thought I’d ask you all your opinions since you all “know” me about as well as anyone. What do you think? Should I write for a newspaper or not?