That’s the hardest and easiest question for me to answer. I write about a lot of things: I wrote a novel and a read-to-me book. I’m working on a sequel to A Ship of Pearl, and a second read-to-me book. I have two blogs, I write for two local newspapers, I do technical writing for various FDA regulated industries. So many things interest me; I struggle to fit my work into any one genre. Just when I think my fiction fits nicely into Historical, a near-future, distopian girl and her aunt beg for my attention.
The short answer is because I want to and I can. Putting pen to paper, or fingertips to keyboard, helps me clarify my thoughts. Communicating those thoughts to others is an added bonus. And hey, when fans say they love what I write, well, what could be better than that?
I sit down every day and write something. Usually, it’s between 700 and 1,000 words. Sometimes current events inspire me, sometimes a photograph, sometimes a scent or a memory. Getting into the habit of writing is like getting into the habit of exercising. Everything about it feels good, and I’m always happy I did it. At the same time, it’s the easiest thing to put off until tomorrow. So, I trick myself by telling myself I’ll just do it for five or ten minutes. Once I begin, it can be difficult to stop. The other think I do is treat writing like a career. That means taking weekends off and sometimes allowing vacations. That way, I get back to my work feeling refreshed.
Linda K. Sienkiewicz is the author of the award-winning novel In the Context of Love, about one woman’s need to tell the truth without shame.
Angelica must find the strength to make her life her own after a devastating family secret, heartbreak, betrayal and bad decisions turn her world upside down.
Sarton Women’s Fiction Finalist
Eric Hoffer Book Award Finalist
Readers’ Favorite Finalist
USA Book News Best Book Finalist
New Apple Book Awards Official Selection
“…at once a love story, a cautionary tale, and an inspirational journey.” ~ Bonnie Jo Campbell, author of National Book Award Finalist, American Salvage, and critically acclaimed Once Upon a River,and Mothers, Tell Your Daughters