A Writer's Life

Hi, I’m Sherry Wilson. Welcome to my novel writing blog. If you’ve ever thought about writing a novel but aren’t sure what is involved or whether you could make time to do it, I hope you will find this blog inspirational and informative. If you just want to live vicariously and experience the joys of writing a novel without having to pull out your hair in frustration, well, welcome—there’s no hair pulling required.

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So, who am I and what qualifies me to write a novel? I’ve been writing most of my life and editing for the past 8 years. I homeschool my four little monsters who range in age from 5 to 11. I edit novels, essays, short stories, websites, etc on a regular basis. I maintain a website, adding content regularly. I teach a writing course at St. Lawrence College in Brockville, Ontario. In short, I’m a busy lady. If I can find time to write, anyone can.

As for what qualifies me to write a novel, I just threw that in for a laugh. I have had some experience writing books, but the only qualifications you need are: something to write with, an idea, and enough determination to see it through.

Having taught a novel writing method, edited many novels, and written a few of my own, I’ve streamlined some of the process. And having experienced some of the pitfalls, I hope to make wiser choices in the beginning and save myself a lot of rewriting later.

So here’s the story of a novel. I hope you enjoy the ride.

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Sherry Wilson's step-by-step method helped me organize my thoughts and transform a simple idea into a full-fledged plot. Without her help and guidance, I'd still be walking around with just another "great idea for a story."

Thanks to Sherry, though, I've published three novels and know there are more on the way!

~ Debi Faulkner, Summoning, LilyPad Princess and Murphy's Law

"Sherry is extremely professional and knowledgeable in this field. She is an expert on delivering punchy openings, developing engaging conflict and has the ability to view the whole story for structure and overall effect.

As well as being technically proficient in many styles, she also possesses a rich imagination, offering suggestions and alternatives in a way that doesn't impose on the writer's own style.

Her observations are honest and valuable, beyond what many others can give. I highly recommend her."

A. Rigby, Freelance Writer Goldstream, Alaska

"WOW! I have had a quick read of your comments and I must say they are awesome! You are thorough, I like that. Yes, I agree with all of your suggestions for they definitely improve the story. I'm eager now to commence corrections.

I really appreciate the work you've done so far. I'm glad you didn't rush. You provide excellent value for your services."

--Lena Jones

"Sherry Wilson has a deep understanding of the craft of writing and a natural gift for the art of writing. As an editor, she uses both these attributes. Her editing is thorough and precise, encompassing all the craft issues: grammar, sentence structure, active voice and so on. But she goes beyond the basics to find the heart and soul of the story, helping the writer to capitalize on his unique assets.

Being an editor myself, there are not too many people I would trust with my own work. Sherry is one of them."

Sandy Tritt, editor and CEO Inspiration for Writers