Slightly over twenty years ago I bought my first computer. I wasn't even married then (Feb 1 will be twenty years for My Beloved and I). It was a Tandy computer model 80, I think. I bought it for the specific reason of trying to write a book. The internal memory wouldn't even hold a single chapter. As I developed the first book I had stacks of floppies containing the chapters. That first effort took several years to complete. It wasn't so much the story but learning the process of writing.
I have discovered that writing is most definitely an art, an art that is a long process of development and discovery. One of the reasons for this blog is as much just keeping my hand in it. As with anything else the more you write the better you write. Every once in a while things get sloppy because you get lax in editing. Editing is as much a part of writing as the original script. It is also very hard to edit yourself as you tend to read not what you wrote but what you think you wrote. Often I receive an email from North of 50 with a private correction to a posting. It is appreciated, and that being said, he has been the prime editor of my past and current writings. (Yes there is another book in the works).
It took a long time to publish for many reasons. In this day and age, everyone is a writer or a singer or a something. That fact alone makes it difficult to break into the world of success as it is a small group of gatekeepers that guard the door to the publishing world. And as with everything else, life gets in the way. The real job pays the bills, keeps a roof over your head and keeps a family together. To that end, I would like to encourage anyone who has this or a similar dream to "keep on keepin' on". I may never have great success as an author but I can now look at this accomplishment and say, "I did that".
Now do your part and go buy it!!!, and thank you very much. I hear it makes a great Christmas gift.