Heavenly thoughts for writers

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A lot of communities are now known as “Gated Communities” which simply means nobody gets in unless they’re invited. As I entered one of these communities, I suddenly realized according to general religious consensus, Heaven is a “Gated Community”. The Pearly Gates keep out unwanted visitors and protect the residents from bad people. I guess St. Peter is supposed to be the “cop at the gate”. Hmmm, for what’s supposed to be a friendly place to live, it doesn’t sound so good from that perspective.

Anyhow, the reason I got into thinking about heaven was a joke a writer friend told me. Goes like this:

A writer died and was given the option of going to heaven or hell.

She decided to check out each place first. As the writer descended into the fiery pits, she saw row upon row of writers chained to their desks in a steaming sweatshop. As they worked, they were repeatedly whipped with thorny lashes.

“Oh my,” said the writer. “Let me see heaven now.”

A few moments later, as she ascended into heaven, she saw rows of writers, chained to their desks in a steaming sweatshop. As they worked, they, too, were whipped with thorny lashes.

“Wait a minute,” said the writer. “This is just as bad as hell!”

“Oh no, it’s not,” replied an unseen voice. “Here, your work gets published.”

Sad but true.

J.T.Twerell is a practicing psychologist in Manhattan, New York and author of several award winning books including:

Signal 30 – Readers View Reviewers Choice Book of the year 2011
Catch and Release – Top winners at London Book Festival, Los Angeles Book Show and Beach Book Fair 2013
Off the Hook – Winner at Feathered Quill Book Award and Southeast Book Show 2014
Catch and Release – Winner Best AudioBook at 2014 Paris Book Festival
Dragon’s Orb – Honorable mention – 2014 Paris Book Festival
Dragon’s Orb – Winner Best Mystery – 2014 Beach Book Festival

Visit his website at www.JTTwerell.com or go to Amazon.com click here

Love my readers

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I love my readers. Don’t know most of them and probably never will, but someplace in the world there are people reading one of my books and finding enjoyment. I suppose I could take some aloof position and claim I only write because it is my creative obsession. However true this thought may be, I really love it when someone reads my books.

It usually takes between six months and a year for a book to work its way through my tangled imagination. During these times I live with “people” who tell me their stories and expect me to write them down.  These “people” are the characters in my mind who demand my full attention and completely take over my emotional system.

When I wrote “Catch and Release”, the main character of Dr. Steve Sanders literally took over my life. At one point, when he was confronted with some very difficult problems, I became depressed for two days. Had to take a minute to remind myself he was fictional.

So after I live with these “people” and put their lives on paper, I then release them to the world. This is why I have such joy when they find their way to some reader who invites them into their life. This is why I write. I love my readers.

Any other writers have some thoughts?

JTT