Today, October 20, 201l, has been declared the National Day on Writing by the United States Congress.
I'm celebrating by letting you all know that the manuscript for my latest novel, The Reunion, has finally gone to the editor, and I now have the opportunity to catch up on my other writing, such as this blog, which, I'll admit, has been a little bit neglected in recent months.
Writing is an interesting occupation, and one of the few regrets I've had in this life is that I didn't start writing sooner than I did. To be honest, I didn't think I had a special skill. I thought everyone could write. I even thought that everyone got an "easy A" in college freshman English, and it wasn't until much later in life that I found out that not everyone did. Oh well, better late than never. As several of the characters in The Reunion say throughout the book--things have a way of working out the way they're meant to be.
I've said it before, and it bears repeating. There has never been a more exciting time to be a writer. Thanks to the Internet, social media, and independent book publishing, writers have more options than ever before to get their words published and read. But with the good comes the bad. We also have to work harder than ever before to put high quality work out there, because if we make a mistake, the whole world will know it. So keep writing, my friends, and let your voice be heard.