Mary Montague Sikes
Writing Your Own
tell me, "I want to write a book." But they haven't done it, and they
relay a long list of excuses I've heard many times before.
it," I want to say.
I think about
Christine Dorsey, one of the first published authors I knew a few years ago.
Christine had a full-time job teaching special ed. She didn't have much time to
write, but with all her heart she longed to have a published book. So she got
up early each morning and wrote from 4 to 7 a.m. before she left for school.
Working all those extra hours, she became the author of many novels. She was an
inspiration for many of us who were members of the Virginia Romance Writers.
early to write is a good plan for some authors. Others prefer working late into
the night. If you truly want to write a book, you can. Just set your heart on
writing and do it.
inspiration often comes in the middle of the night. Keep a notebook by your bed
and jot down those little gems of inspiration.
quite popular right now. That's a good place to start. Just do it.
Inspired by Art
I am working on
a new book and have found inspiration from my art as I write. In fact, my
heroine is an artist which gives me a lot of material without having to do much
research. If you are interested, please visit my blog http://tinyurl.com/7kw4xdc to see
how a real life event inspired a scene in my story, Evening of the Dragonfly.
This year I am
especially involved in art. Listed below are some of my gallery events as well
as locations of some of the workshops I'm teaching. Please contact me directly
for more information.
My Art Gallery
Society of Virginia
to 26, 2014
Please come to the opening
reception, Friday, Sept. 5, 5 to 8 p.m., For Art's Sake Gallery, Gayton
Crossing Shopping Center.
Newtown Art Gallery
5140 Main Street
I am a visiting artist,
September thru November 2014.
Opening Event with
entertainment from the musical, "Cats"
Saturday, Sept. 6, 5 to 8
Please join us for this
Ward Center for Contemporary Art
132 N. Sycamore St.
Visiting Artist, November thru
Crossroads Art Center
2016 Staples Mill Road
Resident Artist, Open
House, Sept. 19, 6 to 9 p.m.
My Art Workshops
Hilton Head SC in Sept.
Gloucester Arts on the Main, Gloucester VA in Oct.
Arts Alive, West Point VA in Dec.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
great fall season, everyone!