Writing—and Authoring

by | Apr 29, 2023 | Finding the Words | 4 comments

I have been writing for decades, but I have only been authoring (which I admit may not be a word, but let’s just say it is) a brief time. I am contemplating the contrast between writing and authoring this morning.

Writing is a process I felt a pull toward, like it was calling me. That call came years before I heeded it. And when I finally responded, it set me off on a journey that challenged me in ways I never would have imagined. I am a writer, just as I am a geologist—those are lenses through which I view the world, as well as how I view myself in it.

After walking the writing path for some time, I began to think about authoring and what that might mean. For me, it means my stories might touch another’s mind or heart. From exploring alone in my library, I stepped out, sending words forth for others to read, and hopefully to connect with. Along the way, they did—with readers. And later, a literary agent. Then later still, a publisher. And on April 9, 2024, I will be the author of the novel, No More Empty Spaces.

What I am learning now is that the skillsets—of writer and author—are quite different. As are the interiority versus exteriority of each. I plan to savor being an author as much as being a writer, without forgetting that writer comes first. In the coming months, I will be marching forward into the world, and out of my comfort zone, as an author. But before I do, I feel the need to retreat a bit, to reconnect with myself as a writer. So I’ll be going inside to find the words, then I’ll see you out there again in a month or two.

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  1. Angie

    Congratulations! What a beautiful cover. I can’t wait to read it.

  2. Jenn

    Looking forward to buying a copy or 12. ?

  3. Bambi

    Super exciting, Deb. I greatly admire your courage through this long process. Huge congratulations and big hugs!

  4. Sharon

    Deb, I really appreciated reading your reflections in this post…it opened something inside me. Having known you for years, I am celebrating the journey you have been on, and the one that beckons you into this next season. Congrats on birthing a book and its coming due date!


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