Ursula Bloom wrote 560 books, the first when she was seven years old. We can see already that she had one of the traits of many prolific authors – starting early.
A family friend, who was a well-known author, encouraged her to write more.
For someone who made the Guinness book of world records for her writing output, there’s not a lot of information about her writing method. Maybe that’s because her romantic novels were based on her own life and we can read about her there.
We would not be reading autobiographical material. Instead, we would discover the life she wished she was living. She was disappointed with her social status and fantasized about a more interesting life in a higher station. At least, her novels are about a more interesting life in a higher station. And that seems to be one of the “secrets” to her prolific writing – her imagination. She enjoyed writing about an imaginary life and when you enjoy what you are doing it goes much easier.
Many authors write about an imaginary life that has more excitement than their real world. It’s much safer to write about the life of a detective, street racer, bank robber, or lion hunter than to actually do it. You don’t need to be rich to write about jetting around the world or creating businesses. The space program doesn’t need to take off for you to take off to distant worlds. You don’t need to wait for the future before writing about it. You don’t need to time travel into the past to write historical fantasy. Vampires and Gods don’t need to exist for you to make up stories about them.
When we hear the advice to find our voice, the focus is often on how we tell a story and the genre. Part of successfully finding our voice is finding the stories we would most like to tell. What’s selling best now is not always the best choice of genre for you to write. If you don’t know what genre you fit into, by all means write in one that’s selling. Maybe it will be the one that hooks you.
Finding Your Genre
If you were able to find someone who would sit and listen to you tell a 5, 10, or 100 thousand word story, what kind of story would you most enjoy telling them? That’s the kind of story you should be writing. Most of us don’t have that kind of audience. A few have found their voice through long stories they told their kids. J.R.R. Tolkien was one of them. He told The Hobbit to his children, his grandchildren, and then wrote the book.
One solution to finding a genre that will be easy for you to write is to look at what books you read. Does one genre stand out? Is there a main genre and sub-genre in the same way as college students have a major and minor? If you enjoy reading it, you will probably enjoy writing it. To explore the search for your voice further, check out my article Find Your Voice to Make Your Writing Take Off.
I wish I had more take-aways to offer with this prolific author, but it’s just the two. Start early. You can’t start earlier than now, so start now if you haven’t already. And find your voice by writing lots.
Article by Ivan Izo.