Guest post: Making a Writer

This week’s guest poster is the lovely Iris Sweetwater, author of Brothers of Fang.  She talks about her own experience of becoming a writer. Enjoy!

Iris SweetwaterMaking A Writer

by Iris Sweetwater

Once upon a time, there was a little girl who wrote sad poems and made up stories about murdered family members because she was bored with journaling in kindergarten. Oh, wait, that was totally me.

I have obviously come a long way since then, but I began writing when I was only four years old. I always knew I was good at it. It was the only thing I was ever sure of.

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A Bold Move

Forest with two pathwaysRecently I have been struggling with numerous aspects of my life, because the universe likes to dump you in the deep end every now and then.

Following a frank discussion with my partner regarding what we wanted in life and where we were, we have decided to make a bold move and so we are moving out of England and across to Ireland.

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On a short hiatus

I guess technically I’ve already been on hiatus, but I hadn’t really acknowledged it to myself. Instead I have just constantly been berating myself for not keeping up with my blogging schedule (amongst other things) which has perpetuated the cycle of stress and self-hate.

But I am now very aware that I’ve been struggling more than I realised recently and need to take an actual step back from my online places for a short time.

I know those of you who visit this blog will have seen a reduction in posts and missed deadlines and even my not-yet-written post popping up because I had hit schedule not draft.

So since I’m struggling to keep myself afloat online as well as offline, I am just going to step back, get my head together, re-group and will return in a short while.

Thank you for all your comments (I will be replying to them when I get back), faves, follows and continued support. It means the world to me.

Blessings

Ari

Guest post: Baking a bigger cake

This week’s guest poster is the lovely Jann Weeratunga who discusses the authors group she started called “Baking a Bigger Cake” 🙂

JannBAKING A BIGGER CAKE

“We must meet up for coffee.”

Famous last words.

This is what I saw written on numerous Facebook pages between authors who were only known to each other via this medium.

Thus I decided to make faint promises into concrete arrangements, and so was born the Indie Authors Networking group. I approached Deborah du Plooy from Skoobs and explained my thoughts and she was on board from the onset. Basically, it’s a platform where authors, readers, bloggers, reviewers, artists, printer, publishers and all others literary folk can meet and hang out together. We meet once a month at Skoobs Theatre of Books, basically because they have, under the guidance, (as well as occasional poke and prod) of Deborah du Plooy, launched over 100 Indie Authors and are considered by many as the home of Jozi Indies, and their support is constant. Plus they have a lovely upstairs venue with a licensed bar and brilliant coffee – the two musts for any author.

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A Ted talk video

Since it feels hotter than then sun over here in England and I am not coping with it (since being English means we barely even SEE the sun) I haven’t been able to write a post. Rubbish of me I know.

So here is a Ted talk about quitting social media. I will discuss the reason for this video when i stop melting on the floor.

Enjoy 😊

Guest post: Interview with Gary M Sherwin

This week’s guest poster is the wonderful Gary M Sherwin who has given his time to answer my interview questions!

image1Interview with Gary M Sherwin

Q01 – Have you always wanted to be a writer?

Firstly let say thank you for asking me to do this interview.

To answer your question, yes. Its been with me since childhood and in fact I penned my first short story whilst I was at school. It’s only been in later life that I have taken that plunge into the writing world and written my first book.

Q02 – What was the best piece of advice you received/read when you were starting out?

Don’t edit! When I started writing I had the annoying habit of trying to edit my work as I went along but as you can imagine this slows down the writing process considerably. Now I just write and edit later.

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A slight delay

I am having ‘fun and games’ with the Internet connection on my laptop.  So this week’s post may be delayed until later or tomorrow when I hope it can be fixed.

Thanks for your patience

Ari

Guest post: Interview with Daniel Rumanos

This week’s guest post is an interview with the writer Daniel Rumanos, author of the series Weird Adventures. Enjoy!

gargoyle (1)Interview with Daniel Rumanos

Q01 – Have you always wanted to be a writer?

Absolutely, or more properly, a storyteller. I always did that, and was the grade-school Baron Munchausen!

Unfortunately, growing up in Baltimore, which is often (though erroneously) termed a “blue-collar city”, I did not get much impetus towards a literary career.

So I first became an entertainer, and being a stage magician/illusionist and carnival performer is another opportunity for storytelling. Of course I did write my tales down in manuscript form, and when internet blogging came along I saw that as a forum for my fiction.

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How questions help your writing

Are you writing a novel?questionsface

Chances are then you will constantly be generating questions for yourself.

You aren’t?

Well you should!

Now I’ve talked about The Power of Questions before but I feel I need to talk about it again!

We all know writing a novel is hard.

You have to build a landscape, create characters, give voices, design conflict, structure a plot… there’s a lot to think about.

As well as all that, you have to be consistent, you have to remember subplots, tie up loose ends, keep characters on track.

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Guest post: How to keep writing when all hell breaks loose

This week’s guest poster is the lovely Elke Feuer who shares some great tips for how to keep writing when things become difficult. Enjoy!

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How to keep writing when all hell breaks loose

by Elke Feuer

Writing is difficult enough, but when life rears its ugly head with unexpected events and emergencies, sitting down to write can seem impossible. Whether it’s a nasty cold, a class project your child mentions the day before it’s due, or a notice from your boss about working later or on the weekend, you can still write.

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