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Friday, October 21, 2016

Like nailing Jello to a wall


“Completing any writing project, particularly a novel, is a daunting prospect. Many people become frozen by the prospect. Others keep waiting for the right time. Some wait for the spark of inspiration. Even experienced writers find it is easier to do anything other than actually write. – Bob Mayer
  
I wholeheartedly agree.  Sometimes the hardest aspect of the job of BEING a writer is the actual process of writing.  I’ve experienced this and I’m sure the majority of writers have also – the feeling that you just can’t make yourself get to the computer, typewriter or even a notepad on some days.  It’s sort-of overwhelming, and you just think that something else has to be better.

But then, of course, you sit down and hit those first keys and everything seems to “flow” back from the brain to your fingers and you find yourself back in the creative mode.  Writing a blog, of course, gets the daily writing juices flowing, too, and even though I sometimes wake up in a panic that I might not have something to write about, I always seem to find a person or topic to get it going – and then I’m ready for the rest of the writing day.  Also, for me, I’ve maintained my connections with the journalistic world and I almost always have one story or another on the drawing board.

Getting back to Mayer, today is his 57th birthday and I’m sure he has yet another book underway.  So far this prolific author has had 70-plus novels in multiple genres, selling more than 4 million books, including Area 51, Atlantis, and The Green Berets, all #1 series.   And, when I say “multiple genres,” that includes Romance where he holds the distinction of being the only male author on the Romance Writers of America Honor Roll.
A former Green Beret and graduate of West Point,              
Mayer’s prolific writing encompasses both his military experience and his fascination for history, legends and mythology.  And, collaborating with Romance writer Jennifer Cruise he did a series of military-themed romance novels starting with - Don’t Look Down and including the New York Times number one bestseller Agnes and the Hitman.

While getting the work done hasn’t seemed to be a problem for Mayer, he notes that for most writers it can and is a long process.  “A one-hundred-thousand-word novel might take a year or several years, and then you just come to 'The End' one day,” he wrote.  “But it takes hundreds of days to get to 'The End.' As a writer, you have to be ready to put in those hundreds of days.”



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