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Naomi Hyatt

She sits on her white satin sofa wearing white silk pajamas. Her hair is elegantly pulled back with wisps escaping to perfectly frame her perfectly and tastefully made-up face. You can hear a charming giggle as she lays a perfectly manicured hand against her chest.

           "Not long," she says. "It only took me two months to get it to my agent. He is such a cad sometimes, because he is so impatient for my work. But you can't rush creativity."

The story above is something a person might expect to see on a 20/20 interview. (The glamour, the writer among the pretty people of the world, so rich, so perfect.) Can you dream yourself into this fantasy? Are you the woman on the sofa, young and beautiful, or dream of seeing yourself parked on a sofa next to Jay Leno, while some guy like Harrison Ford waits beside you to hear your antidotes to Leno's well thought out chatter?

           Ask yourself this question? "Why not? What makes those writers any different than I am?"

           Think back to the story: A white Persian cat jumps up beside the woman. Its fur is so white that you almost miss the diamond collar that you know is real. The woman on the sofa lets the cat cuddle in her lap.

           She smiles. "I bought Felicia her collar with part of the advance."

           An unseen interviewer asks, "So how big was your advance?"

           "Oh, just a few pennies really."

           She smiles, again. Her smile is almost as costly as the cat's collar.

           "I read that you sold your last book for a million and a half," says the interviewer.

           "Oh, that's because it was just a republication of an earlier book. This book is more elaborate, so I can expect decent money with this one."

           Consider these excuses that many unpublished authors tell themselves:

You can find writing books at the library, but the books I have listed below are must owns. You will use them again and again. And you must learn to be a reader. No writer will make it into the published circle unless that writer knows what publishers buy. Study your genre. Know what sells.

           A professional is defined by Webster's as:

1. engaged in, or worthy of the high standards of; 2. engaged in a specified occupation for pay as a means of livelihood; 3. being such in the manner of one practicing a profession.

           Does this discribe you? Are you a professional writer? I am.

Essential writing books

On Writing, Stephen King, (New York:Scribner) 2000. ISBN 0-684-85352-3

The Elements of Editing: a modern guide for editors and journalists, Arthur Plotnik, (New York:Collier Books/Macmillan) 1996. ISBN 0-03-047410-5

20 Master Plots (And How to Build Them), Ronald B. Tobias, (Cincinnati:Writer's Digest) 1993. ISBN: 0-89879-595-8

The 28 Biggest Writing Blunders (And How to Avoid Them), William Noble, (Cincinnati:Writer's Digest) 1992. ISBN 0-89879-504-4

The 38 Most Common Fiction Writing Mistakes (And How To Avoid Them), Jack M. Bickham, (Cincinnati:Writer's Digest) 1992. ISBN 0-89879-503-6

The Writer's Digest Sourcebook for Building Believable Characters, Marc McCutcheon, (Cincinnati:Writer's Digest) 1996. ISBN 0-89879-683-0

Description (Elements of Fiction Writing), Monica Wood, (Cincinnati:Writer's Digest) 1995 ISBN 0-89879-681-4

About the Author (click here) © 2004 Naomi Hyatt, all rights reserved
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