Writing Prompt – tenacity

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We Write

So here’s a prompt on how to write.

Here’s the thing. Barbara O’Neal wrote it. “Writers write. They write and write and write and write, until they write themselves into their own understanding of who they are and what they bring to the page.”

Took me fifteen years of write, write, write until I wrote myself into Tony Vanderwarker the writer and woke up to what I could bring to the page. I even quit for a couple years because I got dejected by seeing no light at the end of the funnel. When I’d finished my first book, I asked my brother what I should do and he said, “Write five more.” I wanted to punch him through the phone. He turned out to be dead wrong. It ended up taking me seven before the publishing gods smiled on me.



About Tony Vanderwarker

I'm a recovering ad man who deserted big city life for the serenity and inspiration of living on a farm. With seven unpublished novels languishing away on my hard drive, my buddy John Grisham offered to mentor me in writing a novel. The result was not what I expected, but I'll take it anyway! The story of writing with Grisham, "Writing With The Master" was published in February 2014 along with the novel I wrote with him "Sleeping Dogs".