Today, welcome author Renea Winchester who'll encourage you to WRITE YOUR STORY! Her latest book, Farming, Friends and Fried Bologna Sandwiches, is a wonderful homage to community - what we really love here at Tinderbox.
Write Your Story
By Renea Winchester
This month thousands of writers will participate in National Novel Writing Month (or NANO), a challenge whereby one purposes to write an entire novel in thirty days. Having participated in this challenge I feel it my duty to impart a bit of wisdom to those who wish to one day see their name in print.
Hang on because this blog post falls under the “tough love” category.
Not everyone will support your writing dream.
Something odd happens to our partners, friends, and family when we determine to write a novel: fear and jealousy are the first two that come to mind.
Paranoia is another.
When I first started scribbling words on paper my then-husband encouraged me, but when my journal entries became essays and those essays won awards he became paranoid that I would write about him and the marital troubles we were having.
Insert eye roll.
The more I wrote, the more distant he became and while he exhibited a miniscule amount of pride at my accomplishments the underlying worry that I might one day write about him remained.
People write what they know.
I wasn’t writing about him. No! Not at all. Had my husband actually read my work he would have realized that I simply wrote the story which I had been given.
You must do the same.
You must push forward. You must write the story you were meant to write, the one given to you, and only you.
Not your partner, or your friends, but you.
Even if (and especially if) no one supports your dream. Even if you feel like giving up. Even if you must lock yourself in the closet, you must press fingertips to keys, or pen to paper.
You must write.
Farming, Friends, & Fried Bologna Sandwiches, . Her first book, Iearned her a SIBA and GAYA nomination. Email her through her website at . She welcomes new friends on. Follow her on
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