Monday, May 21, 2012


Writing Journey: Where It All Began…

Hi Friends,
To celebrate my fifty-fourth birthday, I’m jumping into the deep end and share what I’ve been doing for the last several months.

Have you ever felt that sense of relief that happens when you realize you’re exactly where you were always meant to be? That’s how I feel and it’s an incredible feeling. I, Nancy Crisp Weeks, am a WRITER! I have finished two books in what I’m calling my Shadow series. After over 800 pages, 200,000 words, and two years, it hit me. I finally feel like I can call myself a writer.

While stories have lived in my head my whole life, I wondered if I had it in me to actually write one down. I figured everyone had new worlds, fascinating people, heroes, heroines, and vicious villains running through their minds at all hours. It’s one of those things we all do, but since it’s so common, we don’t talk about it. I was shocked to learn that most people keep to-do lists in their heads. And…they don’t sit in hotel lobbies or restaurants and think this would a great scene for a sniper attack, or a kidnapping.

So here’s a secret very few people know about me. I have always wanted to be a writer. I used to amble around the shelves, run my hand over the book covers and think, I really… really want to write one day.

I have a deep respect and fascination for writers. But could I become one? In college, I freaked at the idea of a five thousand word essay. A full length novel, the very thought was daunting.

But the dream never went away. It persisted, churning away in my subconscious for half my life. Then one day three years ago, my world shifted… and I mean 9.1 earthquake kind of shift. I wrote the first sentence for In the Shadow of Evil.

What caused this dramatic change in my life? Well, that moment I can contribute to my sweet sister, Mary. She stopped smoking. Cold turkey, no gums, no pills, just her strong will and determination. I was so proud of her that I had to do something to honor her.

So, just before my fifty first birthday, I began my first novel. I wrote everyday and for months, told no one except Mary. Every few days, I would send her my horrid…and I really mean it when I say horrid chapters of the first draft. And she would tell me how many hours she had gone without a cigarette. Then she would start bugging me for more of the story, complaining that I left her hanging.

At the one year anniversary mark, we celebrated a smoke free year and a completed novel. There are some dreams that won’t be ignored. Half the time, I wonder if I should have my head examined. But every day, I can’t wait to dig back into the lives of my characters, finish one more scene, one more chapter. And at three in the morning, I’m plotting the next book and the book after that.

I have no idea where this road will lead me, but I thank God every day that I’m on it. I hope you too will grab hold of that one thing you always want to do and go for it. I can tell you from experience, it’s hard work, grueling, bang your head on the table frustrating, but worth it.

If you have followed your dream or are still searching, please share it with me. Dreamers need to stick together, lend each other a helping hand.

Nancy C. Weeks 







25 comments :

Anna Bentley Tremaine said...

Woot! Congratulations on your first blog post!!!

Eliza Knight said...

Congrats on your first blog and happy birthday!

lol on thinking about your scenes when out. I do that, and sometimes I laugh aloud about it and get funny stares!

Magda Alexander said...

Congrats on your awesome blog, Nancy! How very exciting for you and your sister. I love your stuff. Can't wait to see it published.

L. j. Charles said...

Happy birthday, Nancy, and congratulations of your website and first blog post. It marks the beginning of your professional life...and that is very, very cool!

Rebecca said...

Hi there! Happy Birthday - and Congrats on your first blog post! :)

Joya said...

Such an awesome site and blog, Nancy. Congrats. This is all so wonderful. Wishing much success and happiness for you. :)

Loni Lynne said...

Congrats and Happy Birthday to you, Nancy! Lots of hugs and best wishes in making those dreams come true!

Judy Dawn said...

Hi Nancy, great blog and beautiful site. I believe in you. Write On! -Judy Dawn

NancyCWeeksAuthor said...

Thanks Anna!
You are my MUSE!

NancyCWeeksAuthor said...

Been there LOL Once, I was sitting at table in a small hotel bar and was asked, "what are you staring at?" My answer..."I was just wondering if a sniper could fire inside this window from that apartment across the street. Well, he can in my imagination and wrote the scene. LOL. I know...I look so sweet from the outside.

Thanks Eliza for all your advice and warm wishes. You're amazing!

NancyCWeeksAuthor said...

I love your stuff too! You write HOT HOT HOT. I learn so much from you. Thanks so much for the kind words.

NancyCWeeksAuthor said...

Thanks Lucie,
You and everyone at Lethaladies are so amazing. Thanks for the warm wishes.

NancyCWeeksAuthor said...

Thanks Rebecca.
Your amazing book, Hunted, is keeping me from writing. In fact, the whole The Dark Protector Series is such a wonderful distraction, I can't put them down. Stop that! I need to write. LOL

Thanks for the warm wishes.

NancyCWeeksAuthor said...

Thanks Joya,
You have been such a wonderful friend and mentor. I would never have been able to push up this hill without all your wonderful advice and suggestions. You rock!

NancyCWeeksAuthor said...

Hi Loni,
Thanks for your kind words. I wish and pray your dreams come true too. Huge hug right back at you!

NancyCWeeksAuthor said...

Judy,
What a wonderful thing to say. I believe in you too! You know, I still have your comment by my laptop and read it often. It drives me, keeps me going when I begin to doubt myself. Thank-you!

Diane M. Wylie said...

What a wonderful, inspirational story, Nancy. Congratulations and best of luck to you!

NancyCWeeksAuthor said...

Thanks Diane. I'm glad you enjoyed it. This is just a very tiny step, but it's a step.

Laurel Wanrow said...

Happy Birthday! What a way to celebrate and to honor the achievements of both you and your sister. Great mutual support.

And I am amazed the hotel didn't call the sherif on you! Thank goodness.

Kate Dolan said...

Congratulations on this milestone - probably one of your most important ones. Your website is beautiful, too!

J K Maze said...

Nancy,

Your website is gorgeous, and I love your blog. Great job. Happy birthday.

Joan

NancyCWeeksAuthor said...

I know,right? Maybe I don't look that threatening. Thanks so much for the kind words and b-day wishes.

NancyCWeeksAuthor said...

Thanks Kate. I love your website too.

NancyCWeeksAuthor said...

Thanks Joan,
You have been such a great mentor over the last several months. LL rocks!

Vera Crisp said...

Nancy, you're the best! You're a great mom, sister, friend, cake maker and AUTHOR! I love you and can't wait to see your books in print!