01 Writing takes practice
Of course it takes practice. It is like anything, you can bring all the talent you have to a creative endeavour, but if you are going to progress you need to practice.
Skill is developed and it needs space and time to grow. I am actually saddened when I see new writers who say “I’ve started writing a novel,” and then a month later they are publishing it.
I am sure there are the odd savants out there who can churn out a novel and edit it within a month and it’s a masterpiece. Let me just say I haven’t come across any yet. Writing needs patient, time and a helluva lot of blood, sweat and tears.
It’s Tuesday, so you know what that means! Guest post day! This week’s guest poster is the lovely Rachel Poli who answers the question “Why do you write.”
Why do you write?
by Rachel Poli
I think anybody can write. While it’s not an easy task or even easy to get into if you take it seriously enough to have it your full-time career, I do believe anyone can be a writer.
Whether you write in a journal before bed each night, you recreate your favorite characters through fan fiction, or let your imagination lose in a notebook for your eyes only or online for the world, you’re a writer.
It’s Tuesday so you know that means we are joined by a guest poster and this week’s poster is the wonderful Jaye Marie who discusses being overwhelmed – a topic I can completely understand right now. Enjoy 🙂
Really Easy to be Overwhelmed
by Jaye Marie
I had made the decision to take a break from fiction this year, and already I know I will miss it.
The last few years have been pretty manic, almost destroying my passion for writing. I am 73 years old and half of a writing partnership, which means I am also an editor, proof-reader, promoter, publisher and marketer of our nine books.
This week’s guest poster is the lovely Sandie Docker who discusses being a writer. Enjoy 🙂
Own it baby. Work it!
by Sandie Docker
“So, what do you do?”
A simple question. One, unless you’re a spy, that is answered easily.
Except it isn’t.
It’s a question that fills me with dread. Because what I am, is a writer. But I’m an unpublished writer so to answer that most simple of questions I feel like a complete fraud if I answer with the truth. I have no books out in the world. I don’t get paid to write.There is no tangible proof of what I do (other than my manuscripts languishing in various slush piles waiting to find a home). And even though I write every day (nearly), and I do courses which in other circles would be considered ‘professional development’, and I’m chasing my dream with query letter after query letter, and all those memes out there tell me that if I write I’m a writer, it still feels wrong to say it out loud. “I’m a writer.”
This week’s guest poster is the lovely author Nathalie Andrews who discusses that prickly topic of “write what you know.” Please note this is a 2 part article so check back tomorrow for the second half 🙂 Enjoy!
“Write What You Know” (part 1)
By Nathalie Andrews
We’ve all heard the advice. If we’ve experienced something the chances are we will have a clearer understanding of it and, in turn, that means we’ll be better able to write about it. Right?
But what if you want to write about something completely different – a character from another time, another culture, a fantastical world? There are two things to think about: how could you write them well? And should you write them at all?
Originally this term meant “God from the Machine” and was in reference to when a “god” character in a play was lowered on stage via a cable device. The god was often brought in as a divine intervention for a situation that was unfixable.
The term has changed now and is used as a negative connotation to explain a sudden illogical plot twist used to completely alter a situation. Sadly this sort of thing happens in fiction whereby someone or something is introduced into the plotline just to create a contrived solution to an unsolvable issue / conflict.
Today I’m going to talk about the Three P’s of writing…and no, they aren’t Pancakes, PJs and Procrastination (totally should be though, right?).
The three P’s are Patience, Perseverance and Professionalism… there may be more… like pencils and plots but I think we will just stick to the main three. 🙂
This week’s guest post if by the lovely Lorraine Ambers, Writer and Queen of Daydreams, who talks about who own personal experiences and how you really are, never too old to learn.
You’re never too old to learn by Lorraine Ambers
Exam result time is upon us. People are waiting in angst or hope for their future endeavours. Now-a-days pupils are taught through positivity, that if you try you can succeed. This method is new. Teachers used to drill home the concept, that exam results were the pinnacle upon which success hung. That without great grades adults would scrape the bowels of existence. Facing perils for evermore… Blah blah blah!
For those of you who visit this blog frequently, you will have seen in my recent post Things you Should be doing now, I mentioned “Start Marketing”.
One of the ways to do that is with an Author website. Almost all published authors have an official website and just because you may not have been published, that doesn’t mean you should wait before you create one.
This week’s guest post is the lovely Erika Kehlet from The Book’s The Thing where she shares her love of books and offers up reviews. Enjoy!
Do’s and Don’ts for Connecting with Reviewers by Erika Kehlet
I’m so happy for this chance to be a guest on Ari’s blog today. I’m Erika, and when not working full time in IT support, I write a book blog and read everything I can get my hands on.
I have had a love of reading since I was old enough to hold a book in my hands, before I even knew what the the little symbols on the pages meant.
I learned to love books by watching my family read, and being read to, and I’ve tried to instill the same love for books in my own children.