“You are a born natural.” Until I started writing, I never heard that term applied to me. Since writing and receiving contracts for all four of the novels I have written to date, I now tend to hear the term quite a lot. I know and accept it as the compliment it is meant to be but still, it got me thinking.
What exactly does it mean to be born a natural at something? I have to tell you, I honestly do not think my writing ability comes naturally. If it did, I think I would have inherited the skill from someone in my family. As far as I know, I am the first author in the Bowen/Locascio line.
Do not get me wrong, writing comes easy to me. So easy, I do not use outlines or any of the other tools most writers utilize. To be perfectly honest, I do not even know what most of them are.
If anything, I believe that I have been blessed with a vivid imagination. Long before I started writing, I was an avid reader. If a book appealed to me, I would continue the storyline in my head after I reached the final page. Would you consider that to be natural? I always assumed it was just another one of my genetic quirks. If for one second I thought I was born a natural writer, I certainly would not have waited so long to start my writing career.
I guess the problem I have with the term “born natural” once again comes down to the issue I have with labels. Yes, writing comes easy to me and I can complete a novel within a couple of months without working on it fulltime. Just because I can write faster than someone else does not make me a natural at writing — it just makes me faster. The fact that my writing has been well received thus far is a bonus.
What bothers me is the idea that an unknown writer struggling to make it into the industry will get discouraged because someone held back from saying they were a natural or things did not happen fast enough for them.
I met a young university student through Facebook that I occasionally monitor. In many ways, she reminds me of…well, me. Not only does she go to school and hold a job, she works hard at her writing. In short, she has the drive and confidence it takes to succeed. It would sadden me deeply to see her writing light doused.
I can attest that I am very sensitive when it comes to my writing. I believe any writer who pours their heart and soul into a work would agree with me. As objective as I try to be when someone says they are going to read one of my novels, I cannot help but feel slightly insecure. What if they don’t like it? What if they don’t and say that they do just to be nice? How would I even know the difference?
I realize that not everyone is going to like my work, but with that kind of pressure already on writers, do we have to add labels to budding authors? Soon enough they will see for themselves that being a published author is not as glamorous as some people believe it to be.
Candace Bowen Early
P.S. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE TOP SHELF.
A Knight of Silence ~ Seven Realms Publishing (Now Available)
Spur of the Moment ~ Rhemalda Publishing (Available 02.01.12)
Jack of Hearts ~ Seven Realms Publishing (Available Summer 2012)
Wicked Embers ~ Rhemalda Publishing (Available 9.01.12)
Her third completed suspense romance novel, JACK OF HEARTS, surrounds the infamous Ripper murders in Victorian England. Contracted with Seven Realms Publishing, it becomes available in summer 2012.
Having just coompleted the sequel to, SPUR OF THE MOMENT, entitled, WICKED EMBERS, Candace has a pirate tale lined-up covering the daring exploits of Ireland’s Pirate Queen, Grace O’Malley in, THE PIRATE’S GEM.
Her teenage imagination pervaded by the works of Stephen King, Candace is also working on a story entitled, VOODOO FIRE. Set in present-day New Orleans during Mardi Gras, the story follows a group of college kids encountering more than they bargained for when they conduct a séance beside the tomb of the infamous voodoo queen, Marie Laveau.
A native of suburban Chicago, Candace resides in South Florida. She remains a devoted Chicago Cubs and Bears fan, however.
Synopsis: King Henry I discovers that a beautiful deaf girl named Reina has the ability to read lips. Seeking to use her as a spy, he forces her into his service. In a battle between love and loyalty, a knight and his courageous companions enact a plan that will free Reina from Henry’s grip or cause all of them to be executed for treason in…A Knight of Silence.
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