This week’s guest poster is the lovely Tavera Del Toro, author of Revenge Chair. Here Tavera discusses the creative process. Enjoy!
The creative process or my lunacy
by Tavera Del Toro
When I tell people I write novels, they often ask me where in the world do I get my ideas, which after a few general answers, I usually just say, “I don’t know, it just flashes into my head”. To be honest, that’s a half truth.
Like any art or endeavor, one can’t just perch down at your desk and inform your brain, “Okay, brain tell me a story!”
This week’s guest poster is the lovely J M Woodall, author of Like A Fox on the Run. He discusses his experience during the first year of being a writer. Enjoy!
My First Year as A Writer
by J M Woodall
No one ever wakes up one morning and just decides, “Hey! I think I’ll become an author today!” Right?
Well, as much as it seemed that’s what I did, I promise you, that’s not how it went down. As I approach my first year as a published author, I take a slight pause to reflect on just what a wild and crazy ride it’s been in just a few, short months.
Let me ask you a question – How do you edit?
One of those many….MANY steps of being a writer is the oft-times dreaded “edit”.
Were we cast our eyes with dread over our manuscript, red pen poised to highlight all the glaring errors we made.
Horror or Joy?
Some people hate editing. Some people love it. Which are you?
Some people write the whole manuscript before reaching for their editing pen. Others write, edit, write, edit as they go.
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.
Writers often get asked questions when people find out we write. Some questions are okay, some are understandable and some are down right annoying. These are all questions I’ve been asked at one time or another. o.O
You’re a writer? (usually with surprise) What have you written?
It’s an honest question but for many writers there is not an easy answer. If you’re published you can mention your book. If you aren’t then things get more complicated. You can mentioned the genres or state that you’ve written a manuscript or two. Or that you are working on a manuscript.
As I am still struggling with some things I haven’t been able to get myself sorted with a proper blog post. However I did want to get back to a schedule of Friday posting.
So I thought I would share with you some of my favourite memes and quotes that are either about writers or at least could be 🙂
If you have any great quotes, please share them in the comments. I would love to hear from you. Have you any specific quotes that have been inspirational to you during the writing process?
Do pop back on Tuesday for our next Guest Poster 🙂
About Ari Meghlen
I’ve been a writer since I was given unsupervised access to pens and can’t write anything shorter than a trilogy. I live in the greener part of the UK with my awesome boyfriend, 3 mad cats and 1 overly-confident budgie. I spend my time lost in imaginary worlds, making jewellery, taking nature photos or watching bad movies. Connect with me on: Facebook or on my Website or just leave me a comment on this blog. I love comments
Today we welcome back to this blog the wonderful Pearl R Meaker, author of the Emory Crawford Mysteries. Enjoy!
“Love, twue love.”
by Pearl R Meaker
This blog is being posted on February 14, 2017 – my 41st wedding anniversary. Still happily married after all these years.
Today is the “love holiday” and, like the movie “The Princess Bride” from which I borrowed my title, most stories have love in them somewhere along the way.
It might be love done well, or love gone wrong. Maybe love long lost and mourned, or love that is being newly sought. It can even be all of the above and more.
It may even be the self-love of the narcissist or someone who is in love with money or some other inanimate object.
Love is usually in there somewhere if only because love is in most of us. We can relate to love.
But what do you, as a writer, intend to do with love? The answer to that depends on the sort of book you’re writing, your characters and you.
That’s right people, we are back with guest posting! More awesome people have agreed to share their thoughts and ideas on this blog. This week’s guest poster is the wonderful Justine Alley Dowsett from Mirror World Publishing. Enjoy.
Why Writers Should Also Be Readers
It’s not a coincidence that most people who like to write are also big readers. Besides providing entertainment and that window into lives other than our own, there’s a lot that reading can teach us about how to be better writers. To do this though, we have to learn to read critically even as we read for enjoyment. Here’s a few techniques you can use when reading to improve your writing. Continue reading
We all have those moments, lingering senses of stagnation or apathy. The best way to get through them is to release your creativity. Everyday!
Creative people need to be creative. We need to dip into that rich, vibrant well frequently for our own sanity.
So just do something. Anything. Be creative.
You don’t need to write an opera or sculpt a life-size model of Benedict Cumberbatch (although that latter one sounds pretty fun 😉 )