Thursday, November 21, 2019

Writing Romance by Karen Kelley #RomanceGems


I actually never expected to become a gazillionaire as a writer when I started writing. A good thing because I barely scrape by. No, I just wanted to get lost in my stories. They were my escape.

 I always felt like the outsider in my family while growing up. Like maybe they did find me on the side of the road. My sisters used to tell me that story over and over again. I believed them, and it hurt. As I got older, I decided I kind of liked the idea.

 I became a writer because of the stories I wanted to tell, but for me it was more than that. It was a validation of who I was as a human being. I was carving out my place in the world, and hopefully, leaving a mark in my own way.

Thankfully, I found a great group within RWA, which eventually disbanded, but these wonderful ladies (and the occasional male) gave me encouragement and the confidence to pursue my dream. I still remember that first meeting. It was at a restaurant. I drove around it four times before I got the courage to go inside. As soon as I walked through those doors and met this fabulous group of ,ladies, I knew I'd found exactly where I was supposed to be.

 I'm blessed to have a wonderful husband who encourages me to dream, and two wonderful children (and their spouses) who are proud of what I do.

 So, although I probably won't get rich, I'm living my dream and very thankful that I can.

 Do you have a dream? Or are you living it?

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12 comments:

  1. It's funny, I never had a dream to write. It wasn't something I enjoyed as a kid. But in the last ten years something changed. Now I am living the dream. I'm retired and able to spend as much time as I want writing.

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    1. While we were traveling, I pulled away from my writing quite a lot. It took me a while to get the hang of everything again once I started really getting back into it. The book I just finished actually was like old times.

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  2. My life mirrored yours, Karen. I was the different one in the family. Just by reading, I was different...then I found an RWA meeting and left on wings! I'd finally found my tribe!

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    1. Exactly! That's the way I felt. Where once I was a square peg in a round hole, I finally fit. It was such a wonderful feeling.

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  3. So many people never realize their dream. It's always some day I'll do.... Enjoy each day of livin' the dream, Karen.

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    1. Definitely! So many people tell me they have a great plot I can use. I tell them to go write it. They say, 'I don't write'. I tell them neither did I until I picked up a pen.

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  4. Finding a good writing group is so important as an author. I know it made a world of difference to me. As Bonnie said, I felt like I'd finally found my tribe.

    I'm glad you found yours, as well!

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  5. "Living the dream" is such a joyous part of retirement. The money's nice but not primary, the friendships are priceless, and my boss is the forgiving sort when I don't show up!

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  6. I never thought I'd be a writer. Pretty sure my freshman English teacher would be shocked to her core. I love writing, and it's so much better when you can find a group of people to share it with. I'm glad you are able to get your stories out there, because the world does need them!

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  7. As I understand it they found me in a bag of peanuts in a bar. Hmmm. So glad you (and the rest of us) found your dream and can follow it!

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  8. I had to laugh because I used to think I was left in a basket on the front porch because I am totally different from every person in my family. *LOL* Enjoyed your post very much, Karen.

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  9. Wow loved the article. At 55 I am seeing how much my Dad's view of women has stifled me. He thinks women should be teachers and librarians only. So I never reached very high. I feel inspired by your story to push past his hurtful comments and reach for more...push myself to do more than I thought possible. Thank you

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