I’ve been having a rough time over the last few weeks, it’s dropped my mood and made it hard to focus. Add to that minimal sleep and screaming headaches and I’ve not been my warm fuzzy self. :p That’s not really changed but I wanted to put something up.
Here is a silly post about writer comments and their translations. I hope you enjoy it.
This week’s guest poster is the lovely Kim Chance who you might know from her successful Youtube channel. Her post is a fascinating letter to No. Enjoy🙂
We need to talk. I’ve been putting this off for a while now, but I think it’s finally time for me to get this off my chest. I hope you won’t take this personally because as cliché as it sounds, it really is me and not you….well, for the most part.
It’s time for the truth, and it boils down to this: I’m exhausted of you, No. Completely and utterly exhausted. There. I said it, and I’m sorry. But it’s true.
When we first met, you hardly bothered me. In fact, every time you walked in with that ridiculous sashay of yours, I would laugh and tell myself that you didn’t matter because I was much bigger than you. However, lately, you’ve grown in size. Like a freaking beanstalk, you’ve gone from being a tiny little bean, to being this enormous, ever-growing plant that’s stuck smack dab in the middle of my life. It’s getting a little harder to pretend that I’m not frustrated by you.
“The only writer to whom you should compare yourself is the writer you were yesterday” ~David Schlosser
“The pen is mightier than the sword, if the sword is very short, and the pen is very sharp” ~Terry Pratchett Continue reading
This week’s guest post is by the lovely Sally Cronin who is discussing the option of writing Non-Fiction books.
Finding that book inside you by Sally Cronin
Not everyone can dive into publishing with a best-selling novel, and most successful authors who have sold a million copies of their books are a rare breed.
Writing and then marketing our own books can be exciting but it can also be a daunting task. Whilst most of us who write love the process, we understand that we are competing with hundreds of thousands of other fiction titles that are published each year. This is particularly true if you are writing within one of the most popular of the genres such as Thrillers, Mystery or Fantasy.
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 poster is the author Emma Hornby, who has kindly given her time to answer some interview questions.🙂 Enjoy.
Q01 – When did you decide you wanted to become a writer?
Hi, Ari, and thanks for inviting me here!
I suppose I’ve always loved writing. I began jotting poetry in my mid-teens; I even worked as a freelance poet for a while. As a lover of historical sagas, I’d been toying with the idea of penning my own novel for a few years before I finally put words down on paper.
However, it wasn’t until I had a short story accepted by a magazine and saw my name in print that I believed I might actually have some ability, here. As well as having several pieces published online, I had another short story selected to be performed on stage at the Octagon Theatre, Bolton. These spurred me on to complete the book and begin looking into getting it published. I found myself an agent and recently signed a three-book deal with Transworld, Penguin Random House. Transworld, the late Dame Catherine Cookson’s publisher, have described me as their new Cookson – an honour indeed!
So, I’m seeing a lot of negativity from some writers on the net.
Since creative people are tangled in a vast swathe of emotions and sensations, negativity is certainly part of that tapestry and it has it’s place.
But too much and everything becomes dull. Now the negativity I’m speaking of isn’t even the expected kind – you know that self-hating, self-doubting type we writers sometimes find following us around like a bad smell.
Following on from my recent article Avoiding Female Stereotypes, we obviously need to discuss some of the male stereotypes.
Yup, these creep into books and movies and so I feel it’s my duty to point them out (mainly it’s because they annoy me and well, that’s a good enough reason for me to write this article)🙂
This week’s guest post is the wonderful Suzanne Rogerson, author of Visions of Zarua, sharing her tips for self publishing🙂
15 Tips for Self-Publishing (the second time around) by Suzanne Rogerson
First some back ground on me;
When I self-published my first fantasy novel Visions of Zarua in 2015 I was a complete novice. The ebook was published in November, and then after a hasty change of heart, I published the paperback in December.
It was an intense time but I was lucky to have the support of my editor, Alison Williams, to answer my many questions and the rest I researched on the internet.