My Problem

I write. I have published two romance novels. That wasn’t too difficult.

I also write for children. Getting this work publishes is difficult. In spite of what many think, writing for children is much harder than writing for adults. Publishers are pickier. They want only the best, which I applaud. Also the number of children’s publishers has diminished with merger after merger.

For years I tried to find a voice to write about my memories of growing up on a dairy farm in upstate New York. After several tries, I gave up. Now I have finished a novel about life on a dairy farm in the summer of 1943 during World War II. The characters are fictional, but the setting is from my strong memories of the time.

Ten-year-old Jeanne has arrived on her uncle’s dairy farm, sent there by her parents. Her dad is in the Navy, her mom is working the swing shift in a war materials factory. She barely knows her ten-year-old cousin, Sally, and her bothersome seven-year-old brother, Johnny. Jeanne is convinced everything on the farm is dirty and smelly. She is certain the animals are all scary and dangerous. When she hears Sally complain that she is “no fun,” Jeanne knows she must change. Little by little her fears fade as she helps the family prepare food for themselves and the animals for winter. Jeanne is also worried about her father somewhere in Europe. Newspaper headlines, letters bring sadness and joy. When she learns her dad spent time on the farm, she realizes that is one reason he wanted her to live with Uncle John and Aunt Belle for the summer. Yes, Jeanne learns to love the farm and finds the summer too short.

Now I must find a publisher.

Find a Writers Group

Writing can be a lonely occupation or in some cases, an obsession. For me, I need an outlet. I need someone to read what I’ve written, to comment, and frankly, to cheer me on. Meeting regularly with a writers group can provide this outlet. I am fortunate to have a group that fulfills my needs.

My group is one which is particularly geared to helping one another to be published. We listen to and carefully critique one another. Recently, I asked them to help me cut words from a picture book manuscript that was too long. I came away with over one hundred words fewer in manuscript. Tightened it is a far better piece.

Some writers groups are for beginning writers, who want to learn to put a story together, whether it is a short story, a memoir, a poem, or a novel. If you want to write, I urge you find the group that meets your needs. If you attend one and you don’t feel comfortable, don’t be discouraged. There are others. You will find strength in others who are anxious to grow in their writing, too.