Wednesday, August 16, 2006

One brush at a time...one word at a time...



Lately, I've been re-reading the excellent O’Malley series by Dee Henderson. I fit them in during my lunch breaks and down time at home in the evenings. I love those books, (love everything she's written!) and since they are romantic suspense novels, they help keep me in the mood while I work on my own romantic suspense WIP.

But there's a down side...

In reading these "clasics", I can see how my writing can’t compare to hers and probably never will!

But I keep telling myself – it truly is an art form. An amateur can’t pick up the paintbrush and expect his first attempt to be Picasso-worthy. Or second attempt. Or even third attempt. Practice makes perfect, as it is with everything important in our lives.

Dee Henderson is my Picasso.

And I feel like a first grader with finger paints.

But I plug onward!

One brush at a time. One word at a time.

5 comments:

K.Michelle said...

So very true. Karen Kingsbury and Kristin Billerbeck are my Picassos and I also say I will never measure up. So I have decided to look at it like this:

Maybe someday far off, someone will say I am their Picasso. How 'bout that!

I can tell from your determination with your WIP, you will be someone's Picasso someday.

Keep pluggin' on!

GeorgianaD said...

Hey, finger paintings are cool! Don't knock 'em! Besides, you'll get there sooner than you think:)

Camy Tang said...

Good point! I can totally get what you're saying. I always wonder, is anybody going to even buy my book? and then I have to remember, it's only my first one, and God is in control of my career. He's in charge of all our careers!
Camy

Kaye Dacus said...

The world doesn't need another Picasso -- or even another Dee Henderson (and I love her, too). But the world does need a Betsy Ann. Just be you and one day, a new writer will come along reading your books thinking, "I'll never be as good a writer as Betsy Ann is."

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