How I became a writer. Part 5

How I became a writer. Part 5

I left the last blog off with… My editor…

My Editor is Janet, Janet Graham. An odd connection on Instagram happened decades after high school on a piece of poetry that I had posted. After I wrote my book, I believe told her about it and somehow with her encouragement, we did it. We got the first books done and the rest is history. 

If you need an editor, look her up on Twitter @JanetGr69919838

The point here is that I write and continue writing while Janet tries her best to make sense of what I wrote. Our connection may be very different than with an editor that you find online… Regardless, keep writing and keep going so that you do not get stuck in the mud somewhere. 

The writer’s block I mentioned earlier… I keep writing and writing and on occasion, things tend not to make sense after the fact. Janet does her best to understand my train of thought while writing and picks up on the clues and crumb trails I left along the way.

The point is that you can always edit what you wrote and make sense of things after you are through a chapter, a page or lunch. But it is often easier to let someone else read it.  There have been countless times I wrote something and I don’t even know what I was trying to say. Someone with experience reading your work like Janet does for me finds the beginning of that crumb trail and follows it to the end.

It’s an assembly line process where the words come to my head faster than my fingers can keep up. I believe I type quite quickly, and I really should take some typing classes as the speech recognition just does not cut it. 

I need this slight delay from my brain to my fingers. I cannot speak the words and create a story. I am not sure if this is something that happens to others. Maybe it is the way we are taught in school. 

Writing and thinking for me only works with a keyboard and not a microphone. 

I cannot seem to create a story from speaking, only through typing. Maybe I need more practice and maybe it works for others but not for me. 

Usually, when I have something brewing in my head it feels like making tea. I have the idea, so the tea and the pot are there, I just need to add the water. That colouring of the water and the way the tea leeches out and creates branches is where the story is for me. 

All that brews and brews until the story all makes sense and becomes a book. The darker the tea gets, the deeper I get into the story. 

One story/novel, Dormant was a dark story where I was in a dark place with a dark book. The story had me so much that I was lost in it. It was an amazing feeling to be so in-depth with my own story. 

When I am so entrenched in the story, punctuation, spelling, run-on sentences and so on shine brilliantly. 

Editor’s note: Although I tease him about his run-on sentences, I find them amusing.

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Published by Zsolt Zsemba

Zsolt Zsemba has worn many different hats. He has been an entrepreneur, businessman for over 30 years. Living abroad has given him many amazing experiences in life and also sparked his imagination for writing. After moving to Canada from Hungary at the age of 10 and working in a family business for a large part of his life. The switch from manufacturing to writing came surprisingly easily for him. His passion for writing began at age 12, mostly writing poetry and short stories. In 1999, the chance came to write scripts. Zsolt took some time off from his family business to write in Jakarta Indonesia for MD Entertainment. Having written dozens of soap operas and made for TV movies, in 2003 Zsolt returned to the family business once more. In 2018, he had the chance to head back to Asia once again. He took on the challenge to be the COO for MD Pictures and get back into the entertainment business. The entertainment business opened up the desire to write once more and the words began to flow onto the pages again. He decided to rewrite a book he began years ago. Organ House was reborn and is a fiction suspense novel while Scars is a young adult drama focused on life’s challenges. After the first two books, his desire to write not only became more challenging but enjoyable as well. After having several books completed he was convinced to publish them for your enjoyment. Zsolt does not tend to stay in one specific genre but tends to lean towards strong female leads and horror. Though he also has a few human interest books, he tends to write about whatever brews in his brain for a while.

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