I’ve talked about this before, but it can’t be said enough. Mostly because I often have to remind myself….and this is a good way to do it. I’m talking about education. I’m one of those people who read the bio of an author if I like their work, and I’ve been reading a lot lately-and loving most of it. WHat I’ve been noticing is that most authors have a higher education of some kind. There’s the lawyers and Dr’s who turned writers, but there’s also those who took English Lit, or History or something, who have turned author. If they don’t mention their higher education, then chances are they’re married, and their bio states how when they’re not writing they enjoy spending time with their supportive spouse and kids and so on.
Well, I’m neither of those. I failed almost half my classes in my first year of Business Admin in College and never went back. I’ve never been married, or even in a long term relationship, and I like liveing alone. Something that sounds even worse….I couldn’t tell you what a noun/verb is if you help a gun to my head. Yet, I am a National Bestselling Author of erotic fiction.
It’s easy to read other authors bio’s and feel like I’m a sham, but I don’t because while I may not be book smart, I am very life smart. I may not be married or have experience long term relationships, but I have been in lust, and maybe even in love. I’ve travelled all over the world, and talked to people, and experienced life, and that is my education.
Plus, I love people. I love stories. I love combining the two, and digging deep and seeing what makes people do the things they do, and act the way they act. And I think that’s where my magic as a writer comes in. I believe character development is the heart and soul of every story. People can learn craft (and yes, I’m still working on that), but not everyone can learn how to find the heart of a story.
Strangely enough, I think it sounds easier to learn how to tell a story than to learn the actual technical craft aspects. I mean, A story is a beginning, middle and end, right? Yet after reading over 40 books in the last month (Yes, I’ve been on a reading binge) it’s easy to see that not every author gets that magic. Some of the self published ones I’ve read recently were more enjoyable than some of the big name best sellers that have been traditionally published, and that’s made me think…. they weren’t really better written, I just enjoyed them more because they had that raw magic element. They were unique stories with characters that weren’t perfect, and weren’t cliched.
Some writers can’t overlook a few typos or a grammatical error and just get into the story, and I agree if there are too many, it bothers me also, but for the most part, I’m okay with it. It made me glad that more and more people are going after their dreams of being an author, even if it means doing a lot more work by self-publishing.