Local Author and English professor at Northern Virginia Community College (Woodbridge Campus), Robert Bausch’s newest book, FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE, is listed as one of the Editors’ Choices in the New York Times Sunday Book Review.
Baucsh was only moments away from self-publishing this novel, about the American West, when it was picked up by an agent and later published by Bloomsbury and released in England and India, as well as here in the United States.
Lance Weller, author of WILDERNESS writes, “Robert Bausch’s take on that American institution, the cowboy story, succeeds on every level it gallops across. . . From Moments of comedy to scenes of shocking violence and from bittersweet romance to tender camaraderie, Bausch takes the reader on an epic and unpredictable journey across the old American West.”
On Thursday, January 15, 2015, Baush, a member of Write by the Rails, the Prince William Chapter of the Virginia Writing Club, was speaking to other members and members of the public during their regular monthly meeting when he offered this advice:
- Show up
- Just keep writing
- Remember that any day you write is a good day
- Do not be a perfectionist
- Remember to schedule days that you are not going to write, so you don’t feel bad about not writing. Then go back to it when you scheduled it, this actually strengthens you discipline.
- Do not develop allegiance to early drafts
- Enjoy the purity of writing for yourself.
- Don’t link anything you do now to your future success (Bausch believes succeeding includes a fair amount of serendipity as well as talent)
- You must be very stubborn, keep writing no matter what.
- Bausch says that you can’t wait for inspiration, you have to W.Y.W.T.T.E. (Write Your Way To The End.)