On Being an Author

I’m writing this post as part of RJ Scott‘s anniversary blog weekend – the subject is being an author (new, old or very old).

Honestly, I’m not quite sure which category I fall into. Certainly not new, as I’ve been doing this a while. But I don’t feel old or very old, probably due to the fact that I haven’t completed a novel yet. That’s my next aim, followed swiftly, of course, by getting it published! However, perhaps I’m creeping towards being an ‘old’ author (at 27, shocking!) as I have actually started writing a novel. As regular readers of my blog and followers of my work will know, this has been a very long time in coming. I’ve written lots of short stories, which have gradually grown longer, and a novella. But now it’s time to hit the big one!

So, although I don’t consider myself an expert (I probably never will, I’m just not that sort of person!), I’m not quite a newbie, either. And for me, being an author is currently a part-time occupation, though my brain throws out enough ideas that it obviously thinks I’m doing it full-time. The plan for me is to keep writing like crazy and getting things published until (IF!) the royalties grow enough that I don’t need a day job. It may never happen, but hopefully it’ll give me the opportunity to save lots of cash and go travelling to some cool new places – the US being a major aim. The flights are just so damn expensive!

So there you have it, a little more about me, my aims and being old!

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30 Responses to "On Being an Author"

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  1. barbara elsborg

    August 11, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    I find no time to write the short pieces now, Lucy! I find myself wishing I could stop with the 100,000 words for a while sometimes.

  2. Lucy Felthouse

    August 11, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    Hi Barbara – I know what you mean about finding time. I have so many projects I want to work on, and so little time!

    Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  3. Victoria Blisse

    August 11, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    If I say you’re very old you’ll kick me, won’t you? 😉

    I know what you mean, though. I’ve been at it (oo err) 6 years now and I stil don’t feel like I’m established. Still loads more to learn!

    • Lucy Felthouse

      August 14, 2012 at 10:58 am

      I’d never kick you mate, you’re bigger than me! 😉

  4. Susan Foulkes

    August 11, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    Thanks for this..I love the way you’ve built up to the novel gradually. I was always ambivalent about short stories but I’m growing more fond of them.
    And part of this is down to you…:)
    Hugs xx

    • Lucy Felthouse

      August 14, 2012 at 10:59 am

      Aww, thanks Susan. That’s lovely of you to say.

      I’m up to chapter three of my novel at the moment – wish me luck! 🙂

  5. laurie g

    August 11, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    love your post. i am glad i learned a little about you today 🙂


  6. Yvette

    August 11, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    You’re never to old to do what you are passionate about…keep it up!

    • Lucy Felthouse

      August 14, 2012 at 10:59 am

      I intend to, Yvette. Thank you! 🙂

  7. Andrew

    August 11, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    27 you’re just a baby ! . I have wanted to write for years I’m 57 now and have barely got beyond long captions to make a story on sets of pictures, I find myself so busy with other projects that I rarely get the time to just write, However I get to practice on my websites especially my latest that I’m putting together for a friend, I like short stories now more now than novels just because of finding time to read now I work at home, I used to get through massive novels when I was a commuter !!

    • Lucy Felthouse

      August 14, 2012 at 11:00 am

      I like to read short stories for that reason, too. A short read before going to sleep, or with your breakfast is great! 🙂

  8. Evelyn M

    August 11, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    Great Post! Thanks for contest

    • Lucy Felthouse

      August 14, 2012 at 11:01 am

      Thanks for stopping by Evelyn! 🙂

  9. Madison Parker

    August 11, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    Hi Lucy! Best of luck with your novel!

    • Lucy Felthouse

      August 14, 2012 at 11:01 am

      Thanks Madison, I need it! 😉

  10. terri

    August 11, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    thanks for the contest


    • Lucy Felthouse

      August 14, 2012 at 11:01 am

      Thanks for stopping by, Terri!

  11. Kassandra

    August 11, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing! It is always interesting to see how each person travels to the same destination 😉


    • Lucy Felthouse

      August 14, 2012 at 11:02 am

      Thanks Kassandra, I’m glad you enjoyed the post! 🙂

  12. Nancy S

    August 11, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    I really felt old the other day when I realized I barely had to tilt down my head to look my grandson in the eye. When did that happen? I was wrapping him in a blanket and pacing the floor with him not that long ago so his mom could sleep.

    • Lucy Felthouse

      August 14, 2012 at 11:02 am

      Aww! They grow so fast, don’t they! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  13. Foretta

    August 12, 2012 at 1:32 am

    Thanks for the post! I sometimes feel old myself! I think everyone does at one time.

    • Lucy Felthouse

      August 14, 2012 at 11:03 am

      People usually think I’m younger than I am until they talk to me – I think I have an old soul! 🙂

  14. Trix

    August 12, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    Naughtiness keeps you young, I guarantee it!

    • Lucy Felthouse

      August 14, 2012 at 11:03 am

      I must be an infant then! 😉 Thanks for stopping by!

  15. Sharita Lira

    August 12, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    I can do them short or long, except short to me is now 10k. lol

    Great post Lucy!

    • Lucy Felthouse

      August 14, 2012 at 11:04 am

      I’ve noticed that my “short” stories are creeping closer and closer to 10k, and occasionally going over. I have to be very strict if I’m writing something for an anthology when the upper word count is 4k!

  16. Emily W.

    August 13, 2012 at 2:41 am

    Thanks for the post!

    • Lucy Felthouse

      August 14, 2012 at 11:05 am

      Thanks for stopping by, Emily!