the writer's journey    

"Writing is like driving at night in the fog...

You make the journey, but you never know what is ahead of you."      

E.L. Doctorow, January 6, 1931 - July 21, 2015

 I have clear and lofty visions when I take on a project, and I work best with those writers who are open to exploring new directions; although I will serve as your guide, I am a your fellow adventurer, too, and we are in this together.

 

The most important truth to embrace as you contemplate your own writer's journey is this: getting your work noticed has nothing to do with making "contacts" or funding "marketing campaigns". Instead, it has everything to do with the quality of the manuscript: the power of the narrative voice; the eloquence of the descriptive prose; and the dramatic merits of the narrative.  

 

Thus far, your writing sojourn has been as unique and as complicated as you are, and no matter how, and where, the journey has unfolded it has been a meaningful process of self-discovery.

 

However, if you wish to produce a compelling and mesmerizing book that will garner thousands of readers and book sales, you must be open to scaling higher mountains than those of the past, and take risks that will be as terrifying, as they are thrilling.

 

Choose your guide on this new journey carefully. Many go it alone, but few solo sojourners make it to the top. 

 

Most importantly, be true to yourself as you scale the peaks, but suspend your reliance on known and familiar paths.  

 

At the end of the climb, there will be pristine air and heart-pounding vistas.  Your voice will become deeper and and more resonant, and the words on the pages will be so profound and true, you will find it hard to believe they are your own.