Today I thought I would share a little wisdom… from other writers all at different stages of the writing journey.
So I went and pestered several of my writer friends, asking them all “what things do you wish you knew before writing.” Here are their insightful responses!
We have all seen the news regarding the extend of the harassment and abuse that has been ongoing in Hollywood by men who have been using their power and status to abuse people. Many brave actresses and actors have been speaking out about this. Today’s guest poster is the author Lindy S Hudis who knows about these scandals first-hand. She shares her story here.
I moved to Los Angeles in the spring of 1992 to become an actress. I had no money, contacts or connections, just a heart full of dreams and a spirit filled with ambition. I moved into a tiny studio apartment right in the heart of Hollywood. I felt that I was on my way, and I was excited!
I did everything right. I had studied drama in New York, New York University Tisch School of the Arts, as a matter of fact. I had done quite a bit of live theater, including a season of Summer Stock in Upstate New York, and several Off-Off Broadway plays. I quickly learned that nobody was half as interested in looking down my resume as they were in looking down my shirt.
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.
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Do you embrace your mistakes?
I think there is a part in all of us that loves the idea of holding ourselves accountable to mistakes me make. But that’s not always the case, is it?
So why don’t we embrace our mistakes?
Maybe you blame schools… or parents… or bosses! Because they are easy to blame. Though maybe the real culprit is society.
This week’s guest post is an interview with the wonderful Khaled Talib, author of Incognito. Enjoy!
Interview with Khaled Talib
Q01 – When did you decide you wanted to become a writer?
I was fourteen when I tried to write a detective story. I wrote it on a school notebook. Halfway into the story I gave up when the person sitting next to me pried into the content when I was not in class. He laughed at me, but he didn’t seem to understand what I was trying to do.
I’ve been reading detective books, which inspired me to write my own story. From that day, I stopped writing, but there was a yearning to tell stories. It took a long time before I listened to the little voice again.
Q02 – Did you find people supportive when they learned you were a writer?
Not at all. I once told a distant relative who lives overseas that I wanted to write. He told not to waste my time. He said a few more things that was disheartening. There are other stories, of course, but you get the drift. From that day I kept my dreams to myself.
This week’s guest post is the lovely Annette Rochelle Aben who has written a short story. Enjoy!
But For The Grace
by Annette Rochelle Aben
Being swallowed by the dark, Caryn felt she’d never live to see the dawn…
Everything was in place. It was only a matter of time. Caryn knew she had made the right decision and there was no turning back.
She settled on the loveseat, glanced at the clock and noted that the hour was fast approaching. Calling to her two companions was unnecessary, her babies hopped up into her lap within moments of her sitting. How funny her male cats were in comparison to the females she had in the past. Her male cats were the most affectionate, always wanting to be on her lap, sleeping next to her in bed and enjoyed being petted. Caryn gently stroked each of the cats pouring as much love as she had into each caress.
This week’s guest poster is the lovely Laura Smith who discusses writing, odds and Academy Awards! 🙂 Apologies to Laura, this should have been up last Tuesday. Oh well, better late then never.
Playing to Win: Writing, Odds, and the Academy Awards by Laura Smith
As a movie lover, the Academy Awards are my Super Bowl. As a writer, the awards given out for best screenplays are always especially exciting. My ultimate dream is to have all of my books made into movies from scripts that I have written so that I can be given the chance to stand on that stage one day.
This isn’t so much because I want a gold statue and to have my picture taken with celebrities. Instead, it’s because I want to know that my stories matter and that my work is accepted in both literary and cinematic circles, two imaginary places where I spend most of my waking hours.
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 😉 )
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.”
Recently, while driving, I got to thinking about perspectives within stories.
Now by ‘perspective’ I mean in reference to the narrator’s voice. As in the perspective of the narrator. If you are writing a book in 3rd person your narrator will probably change (unless you’re writing 3rd person limited).