Marji Laine

I Love a Good Mystery!

A Writer’s Journey


My Grandfather's TypewriterWriters have unique challenges. Unlike other professionals who send in a resume and interview to get a job then spend their time working that job, writers must create the equivalent of a resume for every book they write. That made me think about what I’ve learned so far about the publishing path.

First Revelation

Writing a book is just the beginning.

I really thought, when I finished my first novel two and a half years ago, that the hard work was done. Ha! Thankfully I had kind, experienced critique partners who had gently encouraged other newbies before me. Seriously, I couldn’t have gotten any greener. In the next six months, I attended two different critique groups every single week, traveling over an hour to one of them and almost an hour to the other. But, BOY, did I learn a LOT.

Second Revelation

Writing isn’t an isolated career.

My critique groups and the Dallas/Ft. Worth Chapter of the American Christian Fiction Writers opened my eyes to this fact. Not only did the gals I regularly met with give me wise advice and guidance, but they were – and are – tons of fun! I also loved meeting people that I interfaced with online at my first ACFW conference. I posted reflections about that week HERE.

Third Revelation

Writing is a marathon, not a sprint. (Tweet This)

I’ve had a few sweet friends honor me lately by speaking to me about the books they are writing or have written. How do they get them published? I’m truly flattered that they’ve spoken to me about their babies and have tried to give as much information as I can. But unless they want to self-pub, there just isn’t an easy, short answer to that question. Deciding to be a writer, for me, was a career decision. I treat it like the job that it is. I write every day, sometimes for hours. I set deadlines, interact with other writers, and learn as much as I can about the publishing industry and my craft. After all, I plan to have this dream job for a LOOOOOOOONG time.

As I thought more about this career path, the process of publishing, I decided to make a little adjustment on my blog. Next month, I’ll start periodically hosting authors and highlighting them for the whole week. Be ready to see something about their books, dig into one segment of their writing path, and maybe even enjoy a guest article from them. I hope you’ll come visit often!

Your Turn: So what is something about a writer’s career that surprises you, or what question would you like to ask a published author if you had the chance? 

Author: Marji Laine

Marji is a recently "graduated" homeschooling mom whose twin girls have blessed her by sticking around the nest for a little longer. She spends her days directing the children’s music program at her church and working with the authors of Write Integrity Press to put out the best possible version of their books. Raised in suburban Dallas, she got her first taste of writing through the stories of brilliant authors of their day, Mignon Eberhart and Phyllis A. Whitney, and through stage experience. After directing and acting in productions for decades, Marji started writing her own scripts. From that early beginning, she delved into creating scintillating suspense with a side of Texas sassy. She invites readers to unravel their inspiration, seeking a deeper knowledge of the Lord’s Great Mystery that invites us all.

2 thoughts on “A Writer’s Journey

  1. “Writing is a marathon, not a sprint.” I should post that above my marathon because sometimes I forget. Excellent post. 🙂