So You Want To Be a Writer

  • By:  Daniele Lanzarotta

Have you ever found yourself so frustrated that you had to vent and ended up doing so in writing? Maybe you wrote something as simple as a Facebook post, venting about whatever is bothering you. Most of us have likely done so, even if we didn’t click the ‘post’ button. Regardless of where you let out your emotions, one thing is certain: writing is the best therapy out there. 

I started writing as a way to de-stress. I was going to school full time and working in collections (Don’t worry; I wasn’t one of the annoying callers driving people nuts. I worked in business-to-business collections). I spent at least eight hours a day stressed out, doing something I didn’t really enjoy. So I started writing during my breaks and at night. I wrote mostly for fun and focused on writing something I enjoyed. At the time, getting published was the last thing on my mind.

I fell in love with everything about writing. I enjoyed creating and shaping new personalities and then bringing them to life. I made it a rule to write a little every day, and it’s amazing what that can do to someone’s creativity and critical thinking process. I started to get random ideas throughout the day and night—sometimes, at the most inconvenient times. 

In fact, if you want to write—whether you are writing a novel or blog—you might want to keep a notebook and pen, a tape recorder, or a cell phone near you so you can write down ideas as they come. You won’t want to wait and write them later; it rarely comes out the same when you do. Also, don’t be surprised if you wake up in the morning to random notes on your phone. I often wake up in the middle of the night to write something down, and in the morning, I don’t even remember doing so. 

The more you write, the more you will find things that work best for you. Eventually, you will have your own writing process. To me, that includes music, writing every day, and not writing in order. I just sit and write whatever scene I feel like writing. I can always go back later to fill in the gaps.

You shouldn’t worry about the publishing process until you are all done—if that’s your goal to begin with. I wrote a little every day, and next thing I knew, I had an entire novel ready to go. That was when I started to research different publishing options and ended up deciding that being an independent author, published through an indie publisher, Rocket Science Productions, was the best option for me. I love the control and wanted my stories to stay true to my vision. 

I can’t say enough how important it is that you write what you love. So many people focus on what’s selling at the moment, and it shows in their work. Write what you love and others will love it too. If you get published, you will have the opportunity to set new trends. 

And that is only the beginning of the fun. Hearing feedback from others who enjoy your writing and meeting new readers is the best experience! 

If you’d like to hear more about writing and meet local authors, plan to attend Hampton Roads Authorfest November 22nd at the VB Central Library from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. It’s a joint presentation between the Virginia Beach Public Library and 24 local authors and will feature book signings, receptions, and presentations about writing and getting published throughout the day. Best of all, it’s free to attend.

Daniele Lanzarotta is the author of young adult and new adult paranormal/fantasy novels, including the Imprinted Souls Series, Academy of the Fallen, and A Mermaid’s Curse. She is also the marketing director for indie publisher, Rocket Science Productions. Besides writing, Daniele also enjoys watching hockey and spending time with her family. For information, visit www.danielelanzarotta.com

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