Slice of Life Post: The Writer’s Life

 

 

Hello everyone, I hope all is well with you. I’m back today with another Slice of Life Post. I have finished my book. I’ve made all the changes my Beta Reader recommended, and I’m happy with the result. Now I’m going back and double checking punctuation. It’s tedious, but must be done.

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I’m always looking to improve my story. Sigh. A writer’s work is never done. I’m also overwhelmed because I have so many ideas I want to pursue, I don’t know which one to work on next. I’ll be working on one story and another idea will pop into my head.

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I’m sure this happens to you, too. What I usually do is write down the idea and then continue working on my current WIP, but sometimes it’s hard. Especially when the characters are screaming to be written. They’re not very patient are they?

This is the Writer’s Life. Writing between family obligations and work. I get irritable when I can’t write. I think I may have an addiction. 🙂

Well. The first step is admitting it, isn’t it?

But this addiction is a good thing. I believe that with all my heart. If I didn’t write I wouldn’t be able to express all the creativity inside me. There’s a lot in there, trust me. 🙂

My writing inspires kids. That is the most awesome feeling in the world and probably the root of my addiction. When I go to a school for an author visit, the enthusiasm these kids show radiates off them in waves. They inspire me. They make me want to keep writing, so they’ll keep reading. I can’t write fast enough.

Did you know that twenty one percent of the adults in the United States read below the fifth grade level? Does anyone else find this alarming? Check out this article from Huffington Post for more information.

Huffington Post Article

How does this happen? How did they slip through the cracks?

I don’t know about you, but this bothers me. I want the world to be a better place for my kids when they grow up. How can we change this?

I know one way is to donate to libraries. I didn’t realize this until recently, but many libraries are not included in school budgets. So they’re limited in how they get new books. Donations are one of the few ways libraries can obtain new books.

Studies show that improving libraries raises literacy levels in the surrounding communities. I wrote a post on this very subject three years ago. Here’s the link if you’d like to check it out.

Improving our Libraries will improve our Literacy Levels

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This is so important for our young people today because the pace of life is just going to continue to get faster and faster. They need to be critical thinkers to discern between what is real and what is bogus. Reading helps develop that critical thinking process, I’m sure of it.

So there you have it. My burning desire to write stems from inspiring kids to read. That’s why I do it. Recently, a parent of a reluctant reader gave my first Super Spies book to her daughter. She hoped it would inspire her to read, nothing else had worked so far. My book did. She loved it. She went on to read the next two in the series. She wants to read more. I’m writing. I’m writing as fast as I can.

 

Thanks for reading my Slice of Life Post today. If you’d like to read other Slice of Life Posts, click the link below.

More Slice of Life Posts

Oh, I have one more announcement! My first book in the Super Spies series has a new cover! I loved my old cover, but this one is good, too. The cover and blurb are below. Check it out!

 

In a small town in Michigan, fifteen-year-old Sarah Cole is stuck spending the summer at her Aunt and Uncle’s with her sister, Lacey. She’s not happy with the situation until she befriends a girl named Jackie. The three girls stumble upon the ruthless murder of a reclusive neighborhood woman and what’s worse? One of the officers investigating the crime believes the girls are responsible for her death.

Fearing that this officer will frame them for the murder, the girls organize their own detective squad. They become the Super Spies and start their own investigation. The Super Spies can’t understand why anyone would want to murder the “Cat Lady” until they start digging into her past and discover a horrible crime that happened thirty years ago. They uncover a connection between the two crimes and attempt to bring this information to the police, only to be reprimanded for meddling in the investigation. Not only are the girls upset by the admonition, but they also struggle with the fact that their exuberant investigating could provide a legal loophole allowing the killer to go free. Frustrated by this turn of events, the Super Spies realize it’s up to them to snare the Cat Lady killer. Or die trying…

 

If you have any hints or comments about the writing life or how to improve Literacy Levels, leave a comment. I’d love to hear from you!

 

 

 

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About Lisa Orchard

I'm a Young Adult Author with two new series, "The Starlight Chronicles" and "The Super Spies." The first one's a coming of age series and the second one's a mystery/thriller series. I'm also the mother of two boys who keep me hopping and they're my inspiration for everything. When I'm not shuttling my boys to school or a play date, I'm writing. When I'm not writing, I'm reading, hiking, or sometimes running. I love anything chocolate and scary movies too.
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8 Responses to Slice of Life Post: The Writer’s Life

  1. sharonledwith says:

    Love your new cover, Lisa! Congrats! You mentioned donating books (or money) to the libraries, but also donating time or money to literacy programs. I used to tutor adults with low reading skills (or hardly any at all). They sure do slip through the cracks, but have adapted somehow, and managed to survive. It’s quite a shocker! Cheers for another great slice of life post!

  2. Dana Murphy says:

    I think you captured a writer’s life so well here. I often feel the same – like I have to write. I get crabby when life interrupts my writing life.

  3. Tara Smith says:

    So many angles of interest to a writer’s life! Thanks for the snippet about your book, that was lovely to read. I shall have to hunt for a copy of my own.

    • Lisa Orchard says:

      Thanks Tara. I’m glad you enjoyed the snippet. I just wanted to share my new cover. It’s kind of exciting. 🙂 You can always find a copy on Amazon. If you want a signed copy for your classroom, just let me know and I’ll get one to you.

  4. I understand getting bitter when you can’t write. I had expected to have the entire afternoon free for writing when my daughter was at preschool. But there’s white stuff falling from the sky so they canceled it. While I want people to be safe, the roads are clear. So here I am, a lady who lost her writing time.

    • Lisa Orchard says:

      That’s so frustrating when that happens! I feel your pain. I remember those days. Now my kids are old enough they want me to work on my books. My oldest loved my series and he can’t wait for more. He’s so proud and I think it’s good for him to see his parents chasing their dreams, I feel it gives him incentive to chase his own. I’m hoping it does anyway. 🙂

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