A Portrait in Words

Janell Wojtowicz - The Writer's Life

What can you do with the 26 letters of the English alphabet? When put together they become words then sentences then paragraphs. They eventually create portraits that illustrate fact and fiction.

My word portraits range from the facts of news to the fiction of novels. They showcase, reminisce, lecture, laugh, cry and question. Down through the years, my portraits ended up in waste baskets, a cedar chest, my mother’s scrapbooks, Christmas brag letters, newspapers and magazines.

The words I used to put down only on paper I also “post” on websites, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and in way too many e-mails. I’ve written 97,000 word novels and 140 character Tweets. The 140 characters proved more difficult than the 97,000 words.

I’ve spent my entire life writing and made it into a career. It’s been a blessing and a curse. The blessing has been the expression of creativity. The curse has been the expression of creativity. But I keep writing. There will always be 140 character Tweets and now there’s another 97,000 word novel on the canvas.

It’s a good thing those 26 letters can create an infinite amount of word portraits because I’ll never run out of things to write about. Is that a blessing or a curse? You decide.

 Janell Wojtowicz


 There's nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein. 
~ Walter Wellesley "Red" Smith