When I was a child I read late into the night and was driven to be a writer. I scribbled in artist notepads and lined paper.
I didn’t know what I was doing, only that I needed to do it. To not write and read didn’t even occur to me. I needed to move my hand across the page and to disappear into stories like I needed to breathe.
I knew as a reader that there was power and magic in words and I wanted to know how to wield this power and magic for myself.
So I worked diligently at writing over the years, read a ton of craft-related books, and as an adult took writing classes. Most of all I learned from my more advanced peers and got my work critiqued — a lot.
I had many choice points over the years where I had to re-commit to my writing, where I had to ask myself again if I wanted to be a novelist.
The answer is yes.
I am clear about it now. I am an artist who has chosen writing fiction as my art.
Welling up from deep within are emotions and opinions that want to flower and take root into the world.
Now I can plant my passionate feelings into the world via my fiction.
Through our art, we can awaken the spirits and stir the hearts of others. We can take a stand for the hard truths of this world.
Today is Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Juneteeth independence day, an American holiday that commemorates the June 19, 1865, announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas, the last of the Confederate states.
I bought Jasmine Johnson’s lgbt+ fantasy novel, Nyx’s Chosen (The Awakening Book 1), and look forward to reading it.
#Repost @jasmine_johnson_books with @get_repost
In Jasmine’s words:
For the next week, we are coming together to support Black authors. As a young black author myself, I will be showing all the support I can this week and I encourage you to do the same!
❤️ #blackpublishingpower #blackoutbestsellerlist
ABOUT BETH BARANY
Beth Barany is creativity coach for writers, a teacher, workshop facilitator, and speaker, who helps fiction writers experience clarity, so that they can write and polish their novels, and proudly publish them to the delight of their readers.
Owner of the Barany School of Fiction, an online training hub, Beth takes great interest in how humans learn, create, and grow, and includes all her students’ life experiences, including the ancestors, into the moment.
Along with her husband, Ezra Barany, she offers a year-long group program to help novelists edit and publish their novels.
Want a course to help you prepare to write your novel? Discover the comprehensive Plan Your Novel course, co-taught with award-winning, bestselling thriller author, Ezra Barany.
Yearning to publish your manuscript, but not sure if it’s any good? Schedule a chat with Beth here to explore your next steps.
She’s also an award-winning novelist and writes magical tales of romance, adventure, and mystery to empower women and girls to be the heroes in their own lives.
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