Readers are leaders

I used to hate that saying when I was younger, “Leaders are readers,” but I must admit that it is true. I am one of those writers who doesn’t like to read. I read a tremendous amount of commercial text and news because I do a lot of academic writing, but I rarely read fiction.  I was on a literary site last night, and I was reading tips from famous authors; the one that struck a chord with me was from Steven King. He was quoted as saying that a good writer must be an avid reader. I growled in discontent, but I know he is right.
I am currently working on my first novel, and it is a fiction. I love to write poetry, short stories, and political commentary, but I have never written a book. I have a few stories in my head that I want to write, I believe that they are interesting, and they will sell, but I do find fiction a challenge to write. I spent some time considering what King had to say, and I began to see his point in this way: To learn conversational rhetoric, sentence structure, grammatical rules, and to find your voice, you must read how other authors do these very things. I began to feel a new excitement about reading fiction.
I am very excited about my book. I have decided to go the self-publishing route through an E-book publisher, and I feel like the novel will be a success. I have shared its secret story line with some close family, and they all agree it’s a great story, we shall see. I wanted this site to be a place for literary discussion to take place as well as posting some poetry and short stories I have written. I hope you all enjoy Two Drops of Ink, and I appreciate your readership. For those of you who have a literary work, you would like to share, read our submission guidelines and email me at swbiddulph@gmail.com, and I will be glad to post your work if it meets our standards.
Further reading on this topic: This is a great website and has a tremendous amount of information about writing a book and getting published
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S.W. Biddulph

Scott Biddulph is a published writer, author, and poet from North Georgia. He began writing as a youngster and followed his lifelong dream of reaching people through the written word when he returned to The University of North Georgia in 2013 to finish earning his BA/English with a concentration on publication and creative writing. His publications include the following: an eBook, Apples of Gold: A collection of inspirational short stories and poems (Smashwords, 2010) and a paperback, Voices from the Heart, (Createspace, 2012). His poetry is published in Papers and Publications Undergraduate Research Journal. Vol 3 (2014) and the award-winning Chestatee Review (Spring, 2015), among other places (Check his LinkedIn profile for a full list of his publications). He is currently working on publishing poetry, creative non-fiction, academic essays, and his memoir. ******** Scott has also worked as an intern editor for the University of North Georgia Press. As a freelance editor, he has done the layout and design of several books and magazines. He is currently working with several authors on various publication projects in which he is either ghostwriting, editing manuscripts, or doing the layout and design of their books. ******** Finally, and most importantly, he is a father, grandfather, husband, and dedicated Harley Davidson rider. He and his family enjoy the beauty of the North Georgia Mountains where they live—especially their screened in back porch where they love to bird watch. ******** ~ "I love realism. I love writing about the raw, down-to-Earth, heartfelt realities of life. I love to write in a way that reaches into the human soul—to take the greatest pains and struggles in life, and make them a blessing to others. Fantasy is a wonderful, interesting thing—but real-life situations, feelings, fears, and dreams are an unexplored ocean of stories that need to be told." ~ ~Scott Biddulph~

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