Monday, August 06, 2012

Talent Talent Everywhere

On Saturday night, I went to a birthday party for a friend and at some point, someone introduced me to a young woman named Emily Senecal who is interested in writing. This happens all the time. Usually the person is thinking about starting a book or maybe has made a few attempts to start things.

Not Emily. Emily has written seven books of a series. Seven. She wrote most of them in one year. ONE YEAR. She said she'd tried to get an agent, but had gotten frustrated and decided to put the first few up with Kindle Direct Publishing.

She was sweet and I told her to email me and we could talking about writing and publishing and all that stuff. When I got home, I went online and the first book in the series was only $2.99. I figured I'd buy it and glance through it so I could offer some constructive criticism when we connected up.

Ha! I've got nothing. I've only just started the first book, but it's darling. Funny. Well-written. Well put together. I like the characters. I like the voice. I like the setting.

It's daunting, I tell you. Daunting. There is so much talent out there.


Anonymous said...

Wow! there is, and it's daunting but also I think helps us to strive to be better.


Anonymous said...

And that goes to show that sometimes you have to be in the right place at the right time and all the stars are aligned just so.


Rain Trueax said...

I learned this about so many good writers when I first came online and began to interact at a site where sometimes the people took turns with telling a story, each taking different parts along. None of them considered themselves to be writers and yet they were innovative and added interesting elements when their turn. I think it's a human skill but how much it develops is another story.

Maureen McGowan said...

I think you've hit the nail on the head, Rain.

Storytelling is an inherent human skill. But it's how it develops.

And I don't think consistently good writing happens by accident. Like any skill it takes more than just talent to master.

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