Writing is easy. Writing well is not. Being published requires a great deal of perseverance or luck.
I’m shooting for luck.
Writing is an interesting endeavor. At its best, you close your eyes, let it flow, and a story is revealed, through you. At its hardest, you struggle, trying to force out a story that has not yet written itself. Then, once you do manage to bleed out a few pages, you spend endless hours toiling over each word, every punctuation mark, each pause. This or that? Here, or there?
It is a glorious thing, to write. It is painful and perfect and life-giving. The best characters are better than us, more than we have written. And, once read, they are no longer ours.
It is my dearest hope that I live long enough to give you characters whom you will never forget — to love, or hate, or ridicule, certainly. But never to forget.
An American novelist, Bill Jones Jr. penned his first novel and discovered his true vocation. He was an avid reader of fiction until he was around 10. Then he switched to mostly non-fiction. He started as a poet, having been exposed to street and spoken-word poets. In his day job, however, he spent years doing technical and proposal writing. Bill spends his time creating fictional worlds, reading and exploring Earth with his cameras. Read full interview…
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I nominated your blog for the One Lovely Blog award!
Wow, thanks a bunch!. I love the pushme-pullyou Clip icon, by the way.
You’re very welcome. I love reading your posts.
I call the little birdie “Snarky”.
I nominated you for the Beautiful Blogger Award. The rules for acceptance can be found in my blog at http://sturner2.net/2012/06/05/beautiful-blogger-award/
Thank you for presenting your beauty for us to share.
A blog with so much to offer. I like this one and I’m I bet it is already happening, “It is my dearest hope that I live long enough to give you characters whom you will never forget – to love, or hate, or ridicule, certainly. But never to forget. One day, perhaps. One day.”
Thank you for saying so. Your words to God’s ear.
You are so absolutely right, writing is painful. I love the way you described the process of it too. I thought that I was the only one feeling what you described. Wooo thank goodness I’m not! I now feel welcomed and at home. Thank you sir!😊
You’re very handsome!
Thank you! I love women with poor eyesight!!
I have my reading glasses on!
It is my pleasure to inform you that you’ve been nominated for the Very Inspirational Blogger Award!
Have a look at this page to see the rules of participation: http://momusnews.wordpress.com/2013/03/21/a-very-inspiring-blogger-award/
Thanks for being inspiring!
Thank you very much!
Bill, thank you for discovering my blog http://www.throughharoldslens.com. It gave me the opportunity to discover, explore and Follow your blog. Hope we both enjoy our journeys.
I am placing some of the posts on my blog on private (right now entire thing is), and tried sending you an invite. So you can view them if you like, but WP says something is invalid with the email? So please send access request if you like, and I will confirm. Take care. 🙂 🙂
I suppose you are correct. “Writing is easy. Writing well is not.” I am not a writer. I talk and I am good at that so people say…My writing is the process of putting what comes out of my mouth on a page for people to read instead of listen to. I respect and admire those, like you, that can create characters, thoughts and stories easily. you wrote “painfully”, but I expect its not really that painful.
The pain starts when you have to read editors’ comments. Yikes. Thanks for stopping by.
Here’s a line from one of my favorite songs: “Everything you do is magic, everything you do just turns me on.” Creatively speaking, of course… And thanks again for visiting my blog and taking an interest in writing. Have a fine day. Love and light. Michele
Michele, thank you so much. You have no idea how much I need positive vibes right now. Cheers, and thanks for stopping by.
Bill, believe me it’s my pleasure. You stopped by my blog and made my day, and now it’s my turn to return the love… In troubled times I tell myself, “We always get our deepest desire.” I hope this magic spell works wonders for you. Love and peace. Michele
I have nominated you for a Best moment award
Thank you Mike!
If your writing is anywhere near as good / interesting as your photos on Today, on Earth, I’ll definitely read it… Thanks for following my blog via this blog, enabled me to know of its existence.
I nominated you for a very special and unique award today. This is not only because of how amazing your blog is, but also because of how supportive you are of my blogs. You’re my only follower so far on Instagram, for god’s sake! There is no need to accept this award if you don’t want, I know they can be time consuming. But please feel free to pop over and check it out anyway. 🙂
Jayde, thank you so much!
Hi Bill, Thanks for stopping by to check out my blog and the follow, hope you liked what you saw. Looking forward to seeing more from you, 🙂
thank you for subscribing to my blog! I hope you will enjoy the pictures and I do appreciate comments and feedback if they give you a reason to do so.
Thank you so much for dropping by wePoets it’s much appreciated. We would be happy to showcase your work. 🙂
You’re welcome 🙂
Mr. Jones, I am loving this blog. I just discovered it by visiting Dropped Pebbles by Dyane Forde and saw that you’ll soon be interviewed by her as well as I. So I clicked the name and very glad I did. I clicked X Things About Me and see that your mood is affected by the Miami Heat also. I know what you’re saying. I’m up when they’re up and down when they’re down. I’m glad I clicked the link. Good luck on everything you do, sir.
Welcome! Thanks for the kind words and for stopping by my blog.
Good luck, thanks for visiting 😉
You are a memorable character Bill, and you have made a very big impression on me already. I feel most honoured that you follow my work at all. Of course from one writer to another I wish you all the success in the world with your books, it’s a tough business, especially these days with everyone seemingly jumping on the ebook bandwagon. But I’m of the opinion that the good writers will always stand the test of time.
Thank you. You’re really being too kind. My first impression, upon reading one of your blogs, was that I should take a practice IQ test, just to make sure I measure up. You are a brilliant lady, that is certain.
It’s funny because up until about a year ago when I started blogging for the first time ever, none of my writing had ever seen the light of day. Although I have been writing my whole life. So to have other authors, published authors like you compliment me in such a way is for me quite mind blowing and immensely humbling. You are equally brilliant Mr.Jones.
I look forward to sitting down with one of your stories and escaping for a while.
I hope you aren’t disappointed. I did send you my short stories.
Keep in mind, love, just because someone is published doesn’t mean they are more talented or skilled than you are. You are profoundly gifted in expressing yourself, whether the concept is as simple as the sights on along a Venice canal, or metaphysics. Most of us can’t do that.
Thank you Bill…
As it so often happens, I came across your blog by chance, and must say I enjoy your writing style. I follow too many blogs already, but I’m looking forward to seeing more from you.
Sid, thank you for the kind words and for stopping by. I understand your comment about following too many blogs. It’s gotten out of hand for me as well.
Ah, yes. That whole “writing” thing. You’re an old soul. (just a guess)
Every good writer struggles. To admit it? That makes you better.
I have no advice. You will find your own advice you adhere to (yes, I ended that sentence that way for a reason-but the grammar police are cringing and it pained me to do so).
I’m pleased to make your acquaintance. Keep up the clarity.
Thank you very much for the comments. I do appreciate it. And don’t worry about the grammar police; I don’t let them on my blog.
Thank goodness! 🙂 heh heh
I’m the grammar police, BTW.
Your blog is fantastic! Glad I found it -:)
Victoria, thank you for the very kind words. I’m glad you stopped in. 🙂
My pleasure! I’m following and look forward to you posts!
Awesome blog! I’m looking forward to see more!! All the best 🙂
I tried to comment on Grammar Minute (with I or me) (that one) but nowhere could I find how to access comments. Perhaps you’ve nobbled them?
Hell … all I wanted to say was how I enjoyed it, and learned lots.
Very much a rearguard action I’m afraid — a forlorn hope in reverse?
(I even used the Search/Find button—it said four matches for that page but didn’t highlight any of them.)
You know what it is I love about this shot of you don’t you….?
No, not really. What?