By Marilyn Meredith
Though I’ve always written from the time I was a kid, I didn’t really get started on the submitting, getting rejected and re-submitting merry-go-round until later in life, I’ve had much to be thankful for—and I’m going to start with that first book that I sent out to a publisher.
1. The used portable typewriter my mother gave me. (This was in the days long before computers, copying machines, Internet and emails. I retyped that first 500 page book many times.)
2. My first computer and the dear man who sold it to me and taught me how to use it. (This was in the days of the real floppy discs.) I bought several computers from him and he continued to teach me the intricacies. And I am so thankful for all the time computers have saved me since.
3. The first critique group that listened to my historical family saga and pointed out that I knew nothing about point-of-view. I had no idea what they were talking about.
4. The Internet and email. I’m sure I don’t have to explain why.
5. My mentor, Willma Gore, who was in my 2nd critique group for many years and taught me so much about writing.
6. All the publishers (good and not so good) who took a chance with me. I learned from all of them.
7. The critique group I’ve been in for years and all the members along the way who have taught me so much and helped me make my writing better.
8. My son-in-law, the police officer who got me interested in police work and took me on my first ride-along. And all the law enforcement offices and mystery authors who’ve become my friends since that time—especially those who belong to PSWA.
9. All my writing friends who have given me so much encouragement along the way, including fellow members of Sisters in Crime and MWA.
10. Mike Orenduff of Aakenbaken and Kent who is republishing all of my Rocky Bluff P.D. mysteries, including this new one, Tangled Webs.
11. And to those mystery writers who had a great influence on me long ago like Agatha Christie and Ed McBain.
A special thank you to Thonie for hosting me today.
Marilyn, who writes the RBPD series as F. M. Meredith
Blurb: Too many people are telling lies: The husband of the murder victim and his secretary, the victim’s boss and co-workers in the day care center, her stalker, and Detective Milligan’s daughter.
Link: : https://tinyurl.com/yabj9z9f
Bio: F. M. Meredith who is also known as Marilyn once lived in a beach town much like Rocky Bluff. She has many friends and relatives in law enforcement. She’s a member of MWA, 3 chapters of Sisters in Crime and serves on the PSWA Board.
Facebook: Marilyn Meredith
Though I’ve addressed this before, in case you ever wondered why I write police procedurals this answer is on John Wills blog: https://jwillsbooks.com/blog-posts
8 replies on “Guest Post: What I’m Thankful for as a Writer”
Thank you, Thonie for hosting me once again.
Well, I got how my posts would appear mixed up, so the next post will be at https://kevintipplescorner.blogspot.com/
Always a pleasure, Marilyn!
always a pleasure to read your thoughts on writing and learning from you. Good luck with this new adventure, sure to be a compelling as all those that have come before.
Hi, Elaine, thanks so much for stopping by.
Some of the things you are thankful for as a writer, I also remember well, Marilyn. However, I had forgotten them. Your article made me remember back to what seemed like insurmountable challenges (learning to use a computer instead of a typewriter, for example). My husband begged me to switch and I did so kicking and screaming. We’ve come a long way with a lot of things and often don’t even realize it.
And there’s always something new to learn!!
It’s amazing, Jackie, how far we’ve come. Everything is so much easier, once we learn how.
Too true, Thonie. I’m skipping some of them.