Interesting piece – check it out, and figure out which bird represents you.
As an author, think about this question. Are you a peacock, a mockingbird, or a hawk? You might be asking yourself what birds could possibly have to do with being a writer? But let’s take a closer look at all three. See if you can identify with some of these characteristics, because there are more similarities than you might imagine. Bet you will be surprised.
Peacocks are pretty, to be sure. Colorful, flamboyant, and decorative. But even though they are showy, if you look closely at the feathers of their brilliantly, vibrant tail; there is not much substance there. Peacocks fan out their tales to be noticed. At first, it is impressive. Then you realize that underneath all that show, is nothing but air. Is your writing all showy? Are you writing darkness and gloom because of the popularity and success of Twilight or Amanda Hocking? Are you running ragged to attend every literary event? Facebooking and twittering all over social media without anything real to say? Or are you writing what you are good at writing? Great stories with substance. Tales that have a beginning, middle, and end. Characters that have depth. Locations and plots that have been researched and carefully plotted out. Good covers are great, but it is the quality of the pages inside that count and will make people come back for more.
Mockingbirds, on the other hand, never stop squawking. They twitter and tweet a variety of chirpy tunes. Short, loud, bursts in every possible call song. Never sticking to one, just repeating whatever else they have heard around them. If you listen to them, it becomes apparent they are trying to attract attention from every angle. From anyone who will listen. First this tune, and then that; frustrated and fragmented that no one is paying them heed. So, they change tunes, mimicking some other melody. Some new authors know they want to write, but can’t find their own voice. They chirp from this to that, trying to find their niche. Slow down. Find your true voice. Then, sing it to the rooftops joyfully as your own brand. Your unique author platform. And stick to it.
Now, consider the hawk. Eyes on the prize. Quiet and still as he calculates just the right moment to seize and capture. The hawk sizes up the situation, calculates the risks, and strikes to take action. At first glance, he may appear to just blend in, but on careful inspection, you will notice this intricate, exsquisite patterns woven within his feathers. All aligned and symmetrical in attractive patterns. Breast full of sustance with dynamic, sharp looking wings. Proud, confident, and sure of who he is, no need for overt showy-ness. The hawk takes his time, hons his skills, and strikes with near 100 percent accuracy when ready. Isn’t this the writer we all want to be? Savvy about the business, sharp in our craft, eyes on the prize, confident and patient, but fearlessly ready to strike when the moment is just right. On some days, you may feel as an author that you vasilate between all three. But try to stay focused. Educate and train yourself on the literary world. When you are ready, be a hawk!
Jeanette Vaughan is the owner of AgeView Press, a small, quiry publishing company seeking authors with a unique voice. AgeView Press publishes stories about independent and dynamic characters, specializing in Boomer Lit – books written on or about Baby Boomer times.
Jeanette Vaughan Author Bio
Jeanette Vaughan is an award winning writer and story teller. Not only is she published in the periodicals and professional journals of nursing, but also in the genres of Baby Boomer historical and military fiction. Out on her sheep farm, she has written several novels and scripts. Her screenplay “Angel of Mercy” won the outstanding nursing research award from Texas Tech University Health Science Center. In addition, she was named Distinguished Alumni for the school of nursing in 2001 for her written work and volunteerism for the Sydney Olympic Games. Her novels have garnered award in historical and military fiction. Jeanette has practiced nursing in the fields of critical care and trauma. She is the mother of four children, including two Navy pilots. Her youngest son has Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy and continues to be her motivation to write. She lives in a Victorian farmhouse out in the pastures of northeast Texas with her sheep, chickens, donkeys and sheep dogs.
FLYING SOLO Book Synopsis
French Cajun Nora Broussard Greenwood was born with the wanderlust. However, her adventurous spirit doesn’t fit the sedate expectations of 1960s catholic New Orleans suburbia. On a whim, she takes flying lessons to become a pilot. Nora discovers the liberating freedom of flight, but an illicit affair with her pilot instructor complicates all. Confronting her ruthless husband for a divorce, Nora is temporarily grounded. Cast out of her home sans her children, she is threatened with her life. Desperate to regain them, she steals her husband’s plane. Trials and tribulations erupt as she navigates the turbulence her life has become. In a bizarre twist of fate, she survives by serving as caregiver to her lover’s sickly wife; hoping he will fall further in love with her as his soul mate. But is that to be? Nora must make the most difficult decision of her life in order to get things back on track.