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The Many Hats of a Writer

In the world of writing, there are a select few who, for whatever reason, are able to dedicate their days (and perhaps their nights as well) to writing. They wake in the morning knowing that all they have to focus on is the first draft they started last week, a final polish on a manuscript, or the rewrites their editor has requested for their next book.

But for most of us, at least most of the writers I know, we wear many hats. We are mums and dads and partners and teachers, accountants and lawyers, business owners, journalists, librarians, nurses, shop attendants, pilots…The list could go on forever. For most of us, writing doesn’t pay the rent, at least not yet, and while we wait for that elusive blockbuster to enter our minds and flow effortlessly into the computer, we have to keep our day jobs.

For me, my many hats include wife, mother, speech pathologist (in both a private and public capacity) and writer. This means that my days consist of a constantly shifting mind-set. I find myself driving my children to school while thinking of the kids I’ll be working with later in the day, and in the back of my mind, also muddling out who this secondary character is who popped into my latest story. It means taking my laptop to piano lessons and editing a manuscript to the sound of a broken rendition of Fur Elise. It means jotting down story ideas in the car while I’m waiting for my kids to get out of school, and taking a hard copy of a story to a speech pathology conference to re-read in a break between sessions.

At times, working like this can be very disruptive. I may find that I read a sentence or a paragraph over several times without noticing the misuse of the word their, or the missing full stop at the end of a sentence. I may make changes to a manuscript that I later look at and say to myself “What was I thinking?” and change it back to the original. But at other times it can be inspirational. Ideas emerge from observing real life and mixing it with a healthy dose of imagination, and real life is going on where ever I am. I see what kids are doing, I hear what they are saying and how they are acting. And there’s always the question…What if?

Perhaps one day I will happen upon THE story. The one that everyone loves and everyone wants to read, and I will make the move to writing full-time. But in the meantime, I live in my constantly changing hats, and love it.

Books and more books!


Hi and welcome to my review site! I’m Sonya Spreen Bates, and this is where I share my thoughts on books.

I’m a writer myself, and I know how hard it is to get the word out about a book. So I’m hoping this might help a few authors spread the word about new publicationsssbates-author-photo-2014. But mostly I just like to share. Books have always been a part of my life, and if I like a book, I want to shout it from the rooftops. This is the digital equivalent.

I like all sorts of books, so you’ll find all sorts on this site. From crime/thriller and mystery to romance, fantasy and sci-fi, children’s and YA, contemporary and historical. Some are new publications, many are not.

If you’re a reader, I hope these reviews help you choose some books for yourself, perhaps try out a new author, or a new genre.

If you’re an author, and you’d like your book reviewed, contact me. I don’t promise it’ll make it up on the site, but if it does, I promise an honest review and my best wishes for your success.

If you’d like to know more about me and my books, visit my website. Happy Reading!


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