Guest post: Interview with Viv Drewa

This week’s guest poster is author Viv Drewa, the Owl Lady.  Check out her answers to these interview questions 🙂

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with Viv Drewa

Q01 – When did you decide you wanted to become a writer?

When I was 9-years-old I read a book that made me want to be a writer. It was “The Whistling Sword” by James Robert Green. I was so impressed by how he used true people in fiction. I bought the book from a library that closed just to have it.

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Guest Post: Why Do You Write?

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.”

RachelWhy 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.

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Writing a large cast of characters

People sitting in an audienceYes… I am back to writing tutorials and actually getting them out on the right day! Huzzah!

So today I want to talk about large casts! By large casts I am talking about main and secondary characters (not the odd village baker passing through a random scene, never to be heard from again.)

The fantasy novel I have left floundering in a drawer (at 220,000 words… I really should get back to that) had a large cast. It followed several groups of people through numerous subplots (I promise to get to a subplot tutorial soon!) and when I eventually return to it, will have more coming in by the second book.

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Guest post: Playing to Win: Writing, Odds, and the Academy Awards

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.

Laura smith.jpgPlaying 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.

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Make real connections

I’ve been online for many years, well before social media became a thing and when people used to chat in forums and on AIM and MSN messenger (showing my age as usual) 🙂

However with this so-called ‘Social Media’, all I am finding is a lack of real connections and a lack of actual social interactions (even virtual ones).

I hear people talk of their “x” number of ‘friends’ on Facebook. I wonder if by calling them friends it creates the illusion of connection. For what we are really talking about is followers (with some real friends in there I’m sure). Most are people you probably don’t know and there will be some you know and don’t even actually connect with.
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11 questions writers get asked

WritersLifeWriters 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.

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Guest post: Really Easy to be Overwhelmed

It’s Tuesday so you know that means we are joined by a guest poster and this week’s poster is the wonderful Jaye Marie who discusses being overwhelmed – a topic I can completely understand right now. Enjoy 🙂

jayeReally Easy to be Overwhelmed

by Jaye Marie

I had made the decision to take a break from fiction this year, and already I know I will miss it.

The last few years have been pretty manic, almost destroying my passion for writing. I am 73 years old and half of a writing partnership, which means I am also an editor, proof-reader, promoter, publisher and marketer of our nine books.

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20 great quotes and memes

 

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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 🙂

Happy writing

Ari

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 🙂

Guest Post: “Love, twue love”

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

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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.

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Guest Post: Why Writers Should Also Be Readers

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.

justineWhy Writers Should Also Be Readers

by Justine

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