Take it away, Tara...
I'm so happy for MJ!! Effigy is finally becoming reality! And seeing her brave up, conquering her fears and taking the plunge into indie-publishing, I was inspired to write this post…
The Hardships of Being a Writer
I've been a lot of things:
• Walmart employee
• rocket engineering aide
• admin assistant
• high school math teacher
• substitute teacher
Some of those I still am. The hardest job is being a mom, which I will cherish forever. But writer is the second hardest job I've ever had – and I will keep writing till I can't write no more! (Remember, I was a math teacher before I was a writer…) Funny how some of the hardest things we do, we love the most!
Helping and encouraging people has always been a big motivator for me – and writing has become another outlet for me to share and influence others in a positive way. But not without great sacrifice. Writing, like baseball, is a game of failure - but the successes are worth it!
MJ is a talented haiku seamstress. I also have dabbled in haiku, and I wove these to further illustrate what writing is.
Writing takes courage,
humble tenacity, and
Writing takes boldness,
thick skin, and patience
Writing offers hope,
connections across the globe,
bridging distant gaps
A writer doesn't have to be published to call herself a writer.
A writer doesn't have to have an English degree to say she's a writer.
A writer just has to write and keep writing.
A writer reads and learns and listens and writes some more.
So, if you ever get discouraged, reach out to other writers. We know the pain of which you speak! Together we can write on!
Congrats again, MJ! And thanks for having me here!
What is writing to you?
What is writing to you?
(And don't forget to enter the giveaway below!)
by Tara Tyler
Release Date: June 24, 2014 (NOW!)
Publisher: Curiosity Quills
Gabe is an average fifteen-year-old goblin. He’s in the marching band, breezes through calculus, and gets picked on daily by the other kids at school, especially the ogres. But Gabe wants to break out of his nerdy stereotype and try other things. He has his eye on the new ogress at school. Though it’s against all beastly rules, there’s just something about her.
Gabe starts a fad of mingling with other species, forcing the High Council to step in and ruin things by threatening to destroy the school and split up Broken Branch Falls. With help from other outcast friends, Gabe sets out on a quest to save his town. They'll show 'em what different friends can do together!
Tara Tyler has had a hand at everything from waitressing to rocket engineering. After living up and down the Eastern US, she now writes and teaches math in Ohio with her three active boys and Coach Husband. Currently, she has two series, The Cooper Chronicles (techno-thriller detective capers) and Beast World (MG fantasy) She's an adventure writer who believes every good story should have action, a moral, and a few laughs!
Also by Tara Tyler, techno-thriller detective series,
The Cooper Chronicles, Book One: POP TRAVEL