Author Guest Post
What It Takes To Be A Writer
When I started writing my novel, I was truly terrified. This was partly because I had worked briefly in the book business in my twenties and had enough knowledge about the industry to see that the likelihood of publication was remote. Also, I had enough self-knowledge to recognize my intense aversion to failure and rejection, both of which are the constant companions of aspiring writers.
I’m not going to sugarcoat this. I was rejected a lot, and not always nicely. I was raised right, so I’m not going to name names, but among the many indignities I suffered, one agent declared: “Some people have difficulty writing in the first person. Perhaps you are one of those people.” He then proceeded to read to me (for half an hour) from several first-person writers on his list, in the hope that I might benefit from the example of their superior writing. It’s a measure of how much I wanted to write my book that I persisted.
If you are going to be a writer, you will need to be resilient. You will need to cultivate self-knowledge and as much objectivity about your writing as you can muster, so that you can make wise assessments about the criticism you receive. You will need to have faith – and I use this word deliberately – that your work deserves a wider audience. Many days, this faith will seem irrational and misguided. Nevertheless, you must nurture it.
I am a lawyer by training, so faith is not easy for me. I am, however, good at assignments. As part of my women’s networking group, I was assigned a personal manifesto. The one I created is a collection of statements that remind me how I want to live and who I want to be. I referred back to my manifesto many times throughout my book project, and it reminded me to finish what I’d started, to be courageous, to enjoy the process, to share my writing with others and to be proud of my work. So in that spirit, I share my personal manifesto with you. Use it to create one of your own, and see where it takes you.
1. Do what you say you are going to do.
2. Joy is not a luxury.
3. Be honest, with yourself above all.
4. Count your blessings. They are many. Be grateful.
6. Remember: Courage is not the towering oak that sees storms come and go; it is the fragile blossom that opens in the snow.
7. Don’t make promises you can’t keep.
8. Be generous in all things.
9. If you aren’t scared, you aren’t growing.
11. You have time. The rest is still unwritten.
12. There is only one true inner voice. Trust it. It has never let you down.
(What it Takes to be a Writer was first published on Kate Hilton’s blog at www.katehilton.com)
About The Author
The Hole in the Middle is Kate’s first book. Kate is represented by Beverley Slopen of the Beverley Slopen Literary Agency in Toronto.
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The Hole In The Middle by Kate Hilton
Publisher: HarperCollins Canada
Publication Date: November 12, 2013
Format: Paperback - 352 pages / Kindle - 690 KB
Genre: Chick Lit / Contemporary Women's Fiction
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours.
Sophie Whelan is the epitome of the modern superwoman. When she operates at peak performance, she can cajole balky employees, soothe her cranky children, troubleshoot career disasters, throw a dinner party for ten and draft an upbeat Christmas letter — all in the same day.
But as Sophie’s fortieth birthday looms, her seamless life reveals disturbing web-like fractures. Conflict with her boss, blossoming jealousy of her husband’s femme fatale business partner and her feelings of hopeless inadequacy as a mother and daughter are cracking the edifice of her life.
Rescue may be at hand when Lillian Parker, a wealthy widow who befriended Sophie during her university days, makes Sophie an irresistible offer. Why, then, does Sophie hesitate? The answer is the reappearance of Lillian’s nephew, Will Shannon, the great unresolved love of Sophie’s life. As she remembers the vivid drama of their college romance, Sophie confronts the choices she has made in life and in love and looks for the one answer that has always eluded her: what does she really want?
The Hole in the Middle is a heartbreaking love story, a laugh-out loud portrayal of the twin demands of work and family and a fresh take on the hot debate about having it all.
My Book Review:
There comes a time in a woman's life when they hit the milestone fortieth birthday that causes them to reflect back on their life's journey ... The Hole In The Middle is Sophie Whelan's story.
Sophie Whelan is on the cusp of turning the big 4-0, and as her birthday approaches, this busy professional, wife, and mother struggles to juggle the competing demands of work and family. As Sophie reflects back on her last year of college and the current state of her life, she re-examines an unresolved relationship from her past, and takes a new look at the present circumstances in her life that has made her the woman that she is.
The Hole In The Middle is a refreshing and warm tale that every woman in their thirties and forties can identify with and relate to. You can't help but get drawn into Sophie's story, there is a little bit of her in every single one of us. As Sophie struggles to find a balance within her work and family life, her mid-life angst coupled with an unresolved past threatens to unravel her delicate balancing act. With the help and support of Lillian Parker, a wealthy widow who befriended Sophie in her senior year in college, Sophie's journey will bring her life full circle, allowing her to see who she really is and what she really wants out of life.
Author Kate Hilton has written a witty, intelligent, inspirational, and enjoyable story that makes the reader feel the full gamut of emotions, and gives them pause to reflect upon their own lives. She has captured all the nuances that a woman can experience in her life in a humorous and endearing fashion that is full of funny, honest and candid moments. I thoroughly enjoyed following Sophie on her journey, I saw so much of her in myself that I couldn't help but smile and shake my head in acknowledgment that I have a sister-in-arms who has faced the same challenges and questions that I had in my life as I approached my forties. I really enjoyed the author's witty observations on life, love, marriage, motherhood and careers.
The Hole In The Middle is a poignant and touching story for every woman who has navigated down the tricky path of everyday life.
RATING: 4 STARS ****
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