Friday, April 02, 2021

Writing: A "One-Trick Pony"

 It's no secret that I've had problems with turning out a new book since I published my last about a year ago. Fortunately or merely by accident, it was published just before our nation--actually, the entire world--went into lock-down mode during the pandemic. It has more to do with my age and status--I'm retired from medicine--than with my sympathies (if you follow my blog, you know where they lie). Without going into the politics of the matter, let me just say that in the past few weeks I've opened a couple of documents in my laptop and begun work on what should be my next book. Meanwhile, I thought about the advice I often offered to fellow writers who were about to publish their first effort--don't stop there. You may never have another work published, but surely you have another book in you. Put it out there and let the decision rest with someone other than you. Don't be a "one-trick pony."

I have finally come up with the outline (in my head, of course) for what will probably by my next book, and my wife (who reads all my stuff) just today gave me the key to revising an older book on my computer which will be yet another book after that. Of course, all this may change, but for now I'm ready to plunge onward. I don't plan to be a one trick pony in my writing. I've published seventeen or so novels and novellas (not sure, and don't want to count),  and as long as God gives me the ability and the breath, I guess I'll keep on writing. And I hope that the rest of you who have even a spark of creativity will do the same. Let me know.

6 comments:

Priscilla Bettis said...

Well of course, plunge ahead! I am a couple of days away from finishing up my second novella of the year (first drafts). I'm plunging ahead, too!

Richard Mabry said...

Priscilla, good for you. Let's see which of us types "the end" first.

Patricia Bradley said...

So glad to see this, Richard!! My creativity went down the tubes about a month ago when my daughter went into the hospital with Covid pneumonia. I just got back from Florida seeing her and my other daughter and hope to get back in the saddle Monday. She's better but has a long way to go in her recovery. Hopefully I'll make my June 1st deadline...

Richard Mabry said...

Patricia, so sorry about your daughter, but glad you got to see them both. I know everyone's situation is different, and I'm retired (twice now) but I guess I should still write. Looking forward to your making that deadline despite family obligations (which come first...always).

Nancy said...

I am so glad to hear you're back writing again. I miss new books from you.

Richard Mabry said...

Thanks, Nancy