I was recently approached and asked to write a Guest Post on the platform "Story Wars". I was totally honoured to be given this opportunity. Before we get to my guest post, I want to introduce you to Story Wars.
I was given the opportunity to share my advice on author Kevin Klehr’s blog. Check it out here.
Ps apologies for the lack of Friday’s blog post. We have had a death in the family. Thanks for your understanding.
Today’s guest blogger is a bit of an enigma.
We know Ari Meghlen’s avatar from her Twitter site as she shares daily questions for us to consider under the hashtag #TheMerryWriter. She is working on several books yet hasn’t been published. But she has flash fiction pieces on her website, as well as a wealth of articles about writing.
We also know that Ari loves writing fantasy, loves blogging, is an archer, a movie-lover, a sculptor and a bad card player.
I was nervous when I asked her to write a guest blog because I never feel comfortable direct messaging someone I don’t know well. I was really happy Ms Meghlen said yes.
I want to say a big thanks to Kevin for inviting me onto his writing blog, I truly appreciate this opportunity. Here are some of my tips:
1 – Don’t Compare
One of the most destructive habits…
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I was recently interviewed by the lovely I.L. Cruz for her feature Meet An Indie Author. Check out my interview here 😊
It’s one of my favorite days on Books by I.L. Cruz (the other being #FourthFridaysforFantasyFoodies)–MAIAM, Meet An Indie Author Monday.
Today, I’m happy to introduce an amazing blogger and writer (I’ve never played cards with her, so can’t comment there!), Ari Meghlen. One of the things I love about Ari is how supportive she is of other bloggers and writers, so show her some love and visit her blog.
First things first, what’s the name of your current book?
I’m currently writing book one of a fantasy trilogy called The Blessed, and as yet this book does not have its own title.
New ideas are always cropping up. Give me your best book title that doesn’t have a story.
Actually, I never have titles before I have the story. I have a lot of stories without titles or ones that have working titles. I usually need the…
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Sorry for the delay, we have bad weather here and it’s giving me a bad connection.
Anyway, I was recently given the opportunity to guest post over on the Planet Simon blog. Big thanks to Simon for the invite. So here is my post about why other writers are your friends, not your compeition. 😊
A while ago I had been trying to get some great blogging writers to guest post here on Planet Simon and last week I got a great surprise Ari Meglen sent me a surprise guest post. I was dead chuffed! Ari runs the #MerryWriters tag game on Twitter which is really useful to meet other like minded writers. Anyway, Ari has some great words about how writers see other writers and… read the post, it’s great stuff! Go and look at her site and see what she’s up to, thanks again Ari!
Firstly, I want to say thank you to Simon for inviting me to guest post on his blog. I appreciate the opportunity to share my thoughts with all of you.
A damaging mindset
I connect with a lot more writers than I did a few years back, which is great, but I am still saddened by just how…
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I had the honour of being a guest poster on author Suzanne Rogerson’s website. My post is all about dealing with multiple story ideas swarming you while you’re trying to stay focused on your current WIP. Hope you like it 😀
Today I’m really pleased to share a guest post from fellow writer, Ari Meghlen. She has some great tips for keeping your writing projects under control. Read on to find out more…
Keeping the Rabble in Line: How to stick to one story
A Writer’s Life
I always knew I was meant to be a writer. Even in those very early years when I struggled to read and was way behind, regarding reading levels compared to other children my age. After all, my inability to read well never stopped the ideas from coming.
While I loved to draw and was not bad at it, art never seemed enough to give all these ideas life! So, writing was the only way to go.
A Rabble of Chattering Ghosts
I have been blessed (and cursed) with always having ideas. Any time I suffered writers block, it was usually due to mental burn-out…
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The wonderful Aurora over at Writer’s Treasure Chest did a spotlight interview of me! Big thanks to Aurora for having me on her blog
1. When did you start writing?
Firstly, thank you so much for having me on your blog.
I’ve been writing since I was given unsupervised access to pens. 🙂 I believe it was around the age of 8 years old. I loved making up stories and a teacher gave us an assignment to describe a friendly monster under the bed. I wrote not only a description but a story about him. And I haven’t stopped writing since 🙂
2. What motivates you to write?
I don’t really need motivation to write. It’s just what I was born to do. I am forever caught by scenes, character or plots that just fill my head until I need to get them down. It’s like writing relieves pressure in my mind and gives space to all the new ideas slipping in.
3. What genre do you write in and what made you…
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I had the great honour of being interviewed over at Rachel Poli’s blog. Big thanks to Rachel for inviting me to her blog and featuring my interview.
Hope you enjoy it and also, do make sure to check out and follow Rachel’s blog. She puts out awesome content.
Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
Thanks for having me on your blog!
I’m Ari and I write mostly Traditional Fantasy and Preternatural Urban Fantasy. Though I have turned my hand to sci-fi and crime. When I’m not writing I am blogging about writing and supporting other writers. So yeah…it kinda infected my who life.
How long have you been writing for?
I have been writing since I was 8 years old. Despite struggling to read through most of my young years, I always held a strong love for writing. I think I just had too much crazy inside my head and it started to leak so I found putting it down into notebooks helped.
What motivates you to write? How did you begin writing?
I began writing after a teacher created a project where we had to create a monster under the bed and from this little…
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I was given the opportunity by Lorraine Amber’s to be a guest post on her blog! This is my first-time guest blogging 🙂 so I discussed the early pages of a manuscript. Enjoy and do check out Lorraine’s blog it is full of great articles.
As writers we have to a pretty hefty job of carrying all those characters, worlds, ideas around in our heads desperate to come out and be added to the blank page.
Today I want to talk about the first few pages of your book.
The first pages of a book are what sell it. You can have a fancy cover, great blurb and a dazzling plot – but if you fail in the first few pages, you could have lost your chance to shine.
This is one of the reasons I usually write my first chapter last or at least after much more of the book is written. This allows me to move the scenes around and sometimes find a mid-scene that works better for the first chapter.
From publishers to readers, those few pages have to be gripping (not talking suspenseful, unless…you know…you’re writing a suspense novel!) but they…
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