The Problem Could Be That…..

I just know that I’m not the only one reading this brilliant post by Jo Robinson identifying with so much of what she says. Most writers will see themselves in it. I always felt a bit different or out of kilter with everyone around me when I was younger. I thought it was because I liked to read so much but now I realize that it wasn’t the reading but more what my head was doing with it that affected me.

Jo Robinson

Some of us only realised that we were writers when we were already fairly long in the tooth. Whatever that means – I don’t have long teeth – just checked to be sure. I spent most of the years before that wondering what cruel joke the universe had been playing on me by making me pop up on this rock without a clue as to my life’s purpose. I’ve spent my life doing really peculiar things that I tended not to talk about just in case people thought I was weirder than they already did. That’s a problem – having a writerly train of thought without being able to tell people that you are one. These oddities are accepted as normal from creative people, and I must say, that since I finally found that amazingly joyful realisation that my purpose on this go around was to be a scribbler, I…

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Maya Angelou: Teacher, Mentor and Inspiration

The world is now deprived of a truly inspiring person with the loss of Maya Angelou. Suzie paid a lovely tribute to her with this post.

Suzie Speaks

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It was a cold, rainy day and I was sitting in a classroom, waiting to start an A Level English lesson. I was feeling particularly bored – I hadn’t slept well the night before and I had strongly objected that morning at having to get out of bed – the prospect of studying two hours of Shakespeare that morning was distinctly unnappealing. However, my tutor had decided that we were going to do something a little different and promptly handed me an A4 sheet of paper that contained two long paragraphs. The next two hours turned out to be  some of the most interesting analysis sessions that I had ever participated in – the words were so inspiring and beautifully written that I made a note of the book that the text was taken from so that I could purchase it on my way home.

The book was ‘I Know…

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There are no Write-By-Numbers kits …

I love this post. I gives us all a reality check about why we write. Keeping up with the ‘numbers’ can consume so much of your time that you forget why you started writing in the first place – because you love it. I like what Susan M. Toy says about this.

Books: Publishing, Reading, Writing

When I was a kid, we spent our summers at the family cottage, north of Toronto. Two entire months to amuse ourselves – preferably, according to my mother, out-of-doors. But there were often rainy days we’d be forced to spend inside, and one of the “hobbies” I got into was Paint-By-Numbers. My parents would buy a kit and I’d create a work of art (in my mother’s eyes only, of course) that would then be framed to hang on a nail. But eventually, over the years, that painting would either fall behind the furniture, or be replaced by a genuine work of art. I prided myself on those “paintings” because I managed to keep inside the lines and always used the recommended colours of paint.

So much for encouraging any creativity or originality.

Now that I’m writing and publishing, I’m very glad that no one has ever come up with…

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Writing Communities Connect Bloggers Across WordPress.com

Blogging communities and writing circles, here are some tips and links.

The WordPress.com Blog

We blog because we have something we want to express and we hope it will resonate with someone else. Blogging enables us to build powerful connections with people we might have never met otherwise.

There are lots of blogging communities and challenges aimed at fostering those relationships and inspiring more blogging. These three, all writing-focused, are building global networks of blogger-writers — maybe you’ll find a home in one!

Today’s Author

The mission of Today’s Author couldn’t be simpler, or more powerful: to foster a community of creative writers through a healthy and supportive environment.

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Today’s Author is an open, flexible community of writers focused on helping each other kick-start their pens (or keyboards). Their prompts work for a variety of bloggers, while their “Writers’ Circle” posts explore everything from what to do when inspiration dries up to strategies for editing your own work to how we incorporate our traditions and…

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The Modern Writer

If you are a writer, then you will completely understand this post by Cristian Mihai.

Cristian Mihai

John Steinbeck once said, “All great and precious things are lonely.” Actually he wrote that. In East of Eden (phenomenal book, by the way.)

Writing is a lonely job. The act of putting words on paper with the clear goal of creating some form of art, whether is a novel, a short story, a poem, or a play requires solitude. It’s an inexorable truth about the condition of the writer; he has to be able to put aside the real world, the world outside his window, so he can focus more on the world that he’s creating.

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How to Build up Followers on Twitter

That can be read two ways, I guess. You can ‘build up’ followers by genuinely complimenting or praising them, or you can build them up by getting them to follow you. It’s nice to do both and one sometimes leads to the other. I notice peaks of sales of my books on Amazon every time I tweet about it. A word of caution here; don’t tweet too much about your book as it’s annoying. There is a happy medium, taking into account the different time zones around the world. This post on how to build 100,000 genuine followers on twitter talks you through the process. Very easy to understand and after reading it, I now realize the value of the #hashtag. Read more here on the Red Website Design blog, oh, and don’t forget to share this post, too. 🙂 on twitter, of course.

How I Came THIS Close to Getting Freshly Pressed !!

Once Upon Your Prime

photo-350 I’ve been doing a lot of research on how to get it to happen . . . the pinnacle experience here on WordPress – – the honor of having your blog post exposed to millions of new readers.  It’s called “Freshly Pressed.”

I came to the conclusion that there’s nothing a writer can do to make it happen . . . except maybe pray.

With that in mind, Here are the Steps I Took Towards my Goal:

MY FRESHLY PRESSED STRATEGY

1.  I went to my House of Worship today and when I got there, the clergy put his hands over my head and uttered some holy words about my Blog.  Freshly Blessed!

2.  I then knelt down and admitted I had told a few friends I had 50,000 Followers.   Freshly Confessed!

3.  He then pronounced me a little crazy eyed, kinda guilty – – maybe “the devil made…

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Applying the rules of art to writing: eliminate the non-essential

After so much editing on my first three books I tried to “edit” as I wrote on the fourth book. Not a good idea, for me anyway, as it slowed me down. I thought if I could just be more aware of how I wrote each paragraph and section of dialogue it would mean less time editing at the end. I still spent the time no matter if it’s as I go along or when I am finished first draft. It was a worthwhile experiment but I have now gone back to letting the words flow more freely and I feel I am making more progress this way.

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“Every work of art should contain whatever it needs to fulfil its descriptive objective but nothing more. Look at the ‘leftover’ parts of every composition. Successful images have no dead spaces or inactive parts. Look at your compositions holistically and make sure that every element advances the purposes of the whole.”
Excerpt from ‘101 Things to Learn in Art School’ by Kit White 

[photo: warrenphotographic.co.uk] [photo: warrenphotographic.co.uk] Every writer has over-written, been carried away with a sub-plot that leads nowhere, given a character its head and let it run away from the plot. When I was writing my first novel Ignoring Gravity, I read an interview with a novelist who recommended asking yourself of a chapter or passage you’ve just written: ‘But what does it do? How does it progress the story?’

If you don’t know, stop and consider.

If you do know and it is taking the story in a…

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