Writing - The Best Part

For many writers, writing is what you do. What you have to do. If you aren't creating storylines in your head, you'd be writing poetry on receipts. Yes, I feel that way as well. And writing is work. Finding that perfect phrase, a unique metaphor or the correct emotion does not always come easy. 
But it's fun too!
And for me, the best part . . .
is the learning something new part.

We are told often by experienced writers to write what we know. So we may start out writing about our lives, our families, and the towns where we grew up, but eventually we run out of material and that's when, in my opinion, the fun begins to happen. It's at that moment that you probably find yourself wishing you knew more about any number of things - so you learn about them first hand. 

When I wrote Rocky's Mountains I needed to learn more about gold panning and read stories about lost gold mines in Wyoming. When I wrote Fire in the Hole, I took a long backcountry trip to Yellowstone and experienced first hand the land I would write about and rock climbed with guides. With Perception, I attended spiritualist churches and meetings where spirituality took stage. 

Truly I feel blessed to be a writer, if only to have a reason to experience life more fully through characters that are formed in my head. Today I encourage you to do your research:

1. Learn a new craft - pottery, sewing, knitting, candle making or wood working.
2. Take a trip - explore the world around you with purpose.
3. Find an activity - go backpacking, rock climb, river raft, water ski or canoe.
4. Go back in time - discover clothes and jewelry, customs and habitats.

Where has your writing taken you? And better yet, where are you headed next!


D. Jean Quarles is a writer of Women's Fiction and a co-author of a Young Adult Science Fiction Series. Her latest book, Flight from the Water Planet, Book 1 of The Exodus Series was written with coauthor, Austine Etcheverry.

D. Jean loves to tell stories of personal growth – where success has nothing to do with money or fame, but of living life to the fullest. She is also the author of the novels: Rocky's Mountains, Fire in the Hole and, Perception. The Mermaid, an award winning short story was published in the anthology, Tales from a Sweltering City.  

She is a wife, mother, grandmother and business coach. In her free time . . . ha! ha! ha! Anyway, you can find more about D. Jean Quarles, her writing and her books at her website at www.djeanquarles.com

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Dianne G. Sagan said...

Jean, Well done. Like you I think the new discoveries are part of the fun of writing. Research online and through reading is one thing but going out and discovering in the world is another that enriches life and your writing. It gives you all the senses of a place. :)

Heidiwriter said...

I know! I agree that learning something new IS the best part of writing. Keeps us young too!

Mary Jo Guglielmo said...

Great post Jean. I enjoy researching and learning new things as part of the process.

Mary Jo Guglielmo said...

Great post Jean. I enjoy researching and learning new things as part of the process.

D. Jean Quarles said...

So very true! Thanks for stopping by.

Karen Cioffi said...

I too love doing research, whether it's for fiction or nonfiction. I guess I just like learning. :)

Kathleen Moulton said...

Jean, I felt a surge of exhilaration reading your post. It expanded my vision!


Linda Wilson said...

Your post reminds me of The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron that I read many years ago. That's when I first made a conscious effort to go exploring. What a terrific way to be! I found that even if my actual experience doesn't make it to the page, at least one thing does, whether it's a feeling, a remark someone made, or something else small. It all winds up in the mix. So the more we explore the better off we are!

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