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Writing: Is It The Pits?

There is no earthly or worthy reason why you should heed any advice I might give on the topic of Writing. Oh, I can claim to have taught briefly a course in Advanced Writing to high school seniors on their way to college, and, only my Deity can explain it, but I have written nineteen books and am working on the twentieth.

Having written those books, I’ve done little in the way of marketing them. I’ve deliberately eschewed seeking out a publisher because of the rejection slips I received many years ago when I was writing my six-book ‘Bailey Crane Mystery Series’. When self-publishing came into popularity, I went crazy and madly published too many books too fast, subliminally thinking readers were going to gobble them up. Talk about Chutzpah.

Okay, the truth is, I’ve always been frugal with money – except for the very large and expensive things in life, like, cars and luxury homes…yes, I like luxury living and won’t give it up. Well, there’s more than one truth. I spent most of my earlier years in the neon lights of lotus-eating, getting married, getting divorced, getting married, getting…you get the picture. So, some common sense came via ‘air mail’ to the left-side of my brain (Or, is it the right-side?) somewhere around the Gail Sheehy’s ‘Forty-Plus Crucible’ stage in Passages. I married a lovely down-to-earth lady with the common sense I never had and have somehow metamorphosed into that sensible place…well, for the most part. I’m still dilettantish to a fault.

Now, I just write, literally, write – blogs, novels, romance, mystery, thrillers, memoirs, even inject some fantasy occasionally. To the exclusion of, say, keeping up with the social media mélange of tips for writing, how to get an agent, how to write the next great novel, common mistakes made in writing, how to market your book, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, really, need I go on? I just WRITE.

Somewhere along the way, I discovered that I was likely never going to get discovered by a publisher or by an agent who could get me published, so, I WRITE. No, the sales of my books are not making me zany with joy, far from it – think of an antonym, like ‘zensible’. Think of the smallest grain of sand. That’s I, me, or my nineteen books – under a tall and wide five-ton pile of pebbles. So, I WRITE.

I’m in Twilight now, and I use that descriptive word so as not to admit to an age I don’t feel nor care to reveal…ah, see, a rhyme. I’m amazing, to me, I’m amazing. You don’t have to think so. You might think so if you read one of my books, particularly, if you read Dominique, or, Daddy, No! or, Mama’s Madness, or, Stranger Abduction, or…well, just go to https://billyraychitwood.com and pick one. Many of my books in the Mystery genre are fiction from fact, because evildoers have always held a morbid fascination for me, you know, how could any person do some of the hideous crimes we see on TV and in daily newspapers? Many of my books are in the Romance genre, love stories with some suspense and intrigue.

Finally, with all I’ve written here, here’s a writing tip that works for me. If you have the penchant for writing, feel like you can write, you might try it. Here’s what I do: I look over at my lovely wife and say, “Hey, honey, give me a phrase, any phrase, known, not known, just give me a phrase.” She’s reluctant because I’m taking her away from her book-reading or her genealogy, but I pick on her enough until she finally gives me a phrase.

From that phrase, I will write a blog post. That post might one day become a full-fledged book. That simple phrase unlocks my mind and the words flow. Maybe, in the scheme of things, my blog posts are not so great, but I like them, my wife likes them, my friends like them, and maybe that must be enough. That phrase gets me to writing, and the more I write the better wordsmith I believe I become. Hopefully, it can work for you.

So why not leave me a phrase in the comments below, it might form a blog post, or, trigger another new book.

Happy Writing.

Billy Ray Chitwood – June 8, 2019

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24 comments on “Writing: Is It The Pits?

  1. How about, “From one old guy to another.I enjoy your writing.”

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    1. The majority I was hoping for! ♥

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  2. jaysquires says:

    You are amazing and always inspiring. How many people die with, “What has all this been for?” on their lips? In thirty or forty years, when you hear that far-off rattle approaching your throat, you will no doubt have your final words pre-written on an index card you pull from the breast pocket of your smoking jacket which you read: “Billy Ray is no Slouch. He has written 54 books, with “Dominique” being his crowning achievement.

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    1. You’re beautiful, Jay-man! That WIP is a new genre adventure for me – fantasy, paranormal…I’ve got it going (some nine chapters), and would love to send it to you for collab effort, but you I’m sure have better things to do…but I can sure see you putting some incredible ‘oomph’ to the narrative… Love your comments and they certainly ‘go to my head’… BR

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      1. jaysquires says:

        Gosh, I wish I did have time, Billy Ray, but I’m using my octogenarian energies on my 3-volume fantasy, trying to beat the winged chariot’s deadline or twelve months whichever comes first. From what I’ve read, you don’t have any trouble with your narrative. Thanks, though, for the ego boost.
        Jay

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      2. And, well you should! The world needs to read more of a favorite author of mine – your energies will result in a ‘Fantasy Epic’! All the best, Jay-man! ♥

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  3. jenanita01 says:

    Because I am deep in the editing morass, my phrase has to be ‘you don’t have to mad to write, but it helps!’
    My first thought was ‘that way madness lies…’ but I am in denial at the moment…

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    1. You say it for me! Thanks and have a great week! ♥♥

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  4. joylennick says:

    “It is said we are all made of the matter of stars, so, TWNKLE!” 0r

    “There are only two of us left, Chalkie…so what do you suggest?”

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    1. Ha, ha! I’m twinkling! Have a great week. ♥

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  5. markbierman says:

    I enjoy your writing too, Billy. I hear you about the frustrations and I think you have the right attitude . . . writing for the sake of writing because you enjoy it. I feel that if even one person enjoys, or gets something from my writing it has been well worth every keystroke. Keep on, Billy, you’re doing great!

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    1. Thanks so much, Mark. You’re doing great as well! Keep going… ♥♥

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  6. D.L. Finn, Author says:

    “No! Try not! Do or do not, there is no try.”–Yoda

    I am glad you write. Your books fill my TBR list!

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    1. You fill my heart with joy! Thank you, dear lady! ♥♥

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  7. V.M.Sang says:

    I feel i’m in the same boat as you. Writing, but not seeing much reward. I’ve got a mere 7 books published to date, but 3 others on the way. Perhaps the next one will be the breakthrough. Like you I just write.

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    1. So it is! I wish you well. ♥

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  8. Gwen Plano says:

    You are amazing, Billy Ray. You’re a great writer and a great human. What more can you ask for? Keep writing and know you are leaving each reader awestruck! ♥

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    1. Thanks, Gwen. Best wishes for THE CHOICE…

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  9. eden baylee says:

    Poet William Carlos Williams wrote: “I think all writing is a disease. You can’t stop it.”

    That is you, Billy Ray, and it’s not a bad thing. 😉

    xo
    e

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    1. I love it when you talk, ‘nasty’! ♥♥ OX

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      1. eden baylee says:

        Hahaha! Billy Ray, you make me laugh my a$$ off! xox
        eden

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      2. I’m always good for a laugh, sweet lady! Stay happy and healthy! ♥ox

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