The Ups and Downs of Writing — By Nancy Czerwinski

Today I proudly intro­duce a guest piece by Nancy Czerwinski in my series about the challenges of writing. I encountered Nancy through Wikinut and have to say we have been great friends over the last few years, As she explains Nancy loves to write fiction and I truly believe that her work will be appre­ci­ated by the youth she writes for, I can see her reading to a library room full of wide-eyed children.

Nancy Czerwinski

Writing is very import­ant to me. Writing is a passion that knows no bounds. Writers have the world at their finger­tips, they can change the world with the stroke of a key. I love writing children’s books, which are a delight to me because I want to make children smile which is why I have devoted so much time to writing.  Everyone needs a goal and this just happens to be mine.  As a little girl playing make-believe was a favor­ite game of mine. It has contin­ued through­out my adult years.  The ideas appear randomly and make the best stories.  At the present time I’m writing a book about a feisty pink dragon, she’s a charac­ter that will delight both young and old.  The charac­ters in my stories become real to me. To be able to relate to a charac­ter from your imagin­a­tion is truly a gift.  Ideas come as I stroke each key on my keyboard.  This approach would not work for every­one but it’s the way my mind works and it’s been an asset for me.

My love for writing started about the time I learned how to read in grade school.  The library was a very import­ant place for me, it was always quiet and the librar­i­an made sure of that.  My dream was to work in a place where I was surroun­ded by books.  Mysteries held a special place in my heart but later fantasy caught my eye and I never turned back.  Fantasy became my calling and creat­ing stories of make believe became my specialty.  If I was talking to a new writer I would say visit your imagin­a­tion, it may open up a whole new world to you.

Writing is very fulfilling but there are a few pitfalls that new writers should be aware of.  When you begin writing you will have to squeeze in time for all the mundane chores that are waiting for youEach day I write but I still have to clean, wash clothes, feed my family and pay bills.  These are all things that I must make time for each day. In the begin­ning you work very hard and put your heart and soul into your writing but the profits are small and far between until you build up a fan club of follow­ers on social sites.  I highly recom­mend Twitter and Facebook for a start.

At times you will need what I call a lifeline. Writers have a tendency to stick togeth­er through thick and thin, they will read your books and give you honest opinions of your work and that is what I call price­less.  I have made truly wonder­ful friends over the years and they have encour­aged me as well as being an inspir­a­tion on many levels.  Trading any of them would not be an option for me.  They are all close to my heart.   If I were to wish one thing for new writers I would wish for honest and caring follow­ers.  They will help you along the way.  If you ever feel like giving up they will be there to encour­age and lift you up to contin­ue along your path.

One neces­sity is to set aside a quiet and peace­ful time to write. In my case I have to get up very early in the morning to get every­one in my family where they need to be.  My day begins at 4:30 a.m. I turn on the coffee and start my computer.  Coffee is very import­ant at this early hour.  At this time I sit down in front of my computer screen and begin to write.  The house is quiet and the day has not kicked into high gear.  It is just me and my computer.  There is only about a half hour to work but I get a tremend­ous amount of work done in this time period.  It’s a great way to start my day.

Molly — One of the heroes

In closing I would like to say that although writing can be hard I do believe it is worth every stroke of the key.  My goal is to make people smile and I believe I have accom­plished my goal.  I will keep writing and sharing with the world. I hope to make people smile far into the future.  I have attached a few links to my work on Wikinut.  I hope they make you smile.

Dynamic Duo stories

I would like to thank Nancy for her contri­bu­tion and also include a link to the prior guest post by Lydia Oyetunji, called “Truck Driving and Writing: A Perfectly Imperfect Union”.




  1. Peter, thank you so much for the oppor­tun­ity to share my thoughts with every­one. I value your friend­ship and thank you for all that I have learned from you.

  2. I thank you for contrib­ut­ing, as you said writers have to stick togeth­er and support each other.

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