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: “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

Pearl - Wedding.jpg

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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Commit to Creativity

Committ to Creativity.jpgWe 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 😉 ) 

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Repost: Balance writing and life

Plate Spinning smallOld post RE-POSTED because I need the reminder and it’s a good thing to think about as we are all seemingly getting busier.

One (of the many) areas that can make a writer struggle is the intolerable attempts at trying to balance your writing life with…well everything else. Those of us destined to be writers often find ourselves swamped by ideas, scenes, snippets of dialogue and sometimes a full-on deluge of thought-strands that desperately need to be woven together into a story.

Normally this would be great, a fun time had by all (with the occasion crying and screaming moments as happens with us creative types). However that pesky thing called “Life” tends to jam its way into our writing time (since we consider ALL time writing time) and there we stumble.

If you are a writer stressing about finding time, about finding that perfect balance, that method of juggling both writing and life with all its favours, then you are not alone!
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Guest Post: Be afraid to give up, not to fail

This week’s guest post is the wonderful Wilmar, author of The Silver Ninja series. I am very pleased to have Wilmar guesting on this blog as very early on when I started The Eternal Scribbler blog, he reached out and sent me a very kind and supportive message which meant a lot, especially as I had been struggling and was not even sure if I should keep the blog going.

This will actually be a 2 parter post as Wilmar also answered some interview questions and I’ll be posting them tomorrow, so do check back!

Wilmar.jpgBe afraid to give up, not to fail

by Wilmar Luna

The thing author’s chase most, is often the same thing which paralyzes them into inaction. Perfection. When we don’t achieve perfection, when every sentence, every scene, every conflict is dripping with mediocrity, we surrender.

“I know that this scene has a strong emotional moment, but I don’t know how to write it.” When we cannot find the words to elicit the emotion we want in a scene, a character, a moment, we feel like what?

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How to deal with invading story ideas

invadingstoryideasI’ve talked about ideas before – you may remember my Song of the Muses post. However I want to discuss the invasion of stories.

I don’t know about you, but my muse doesn’t wait until I’ve finished a novel before she bashes me over the head with another idea.

☆ Muse Attack ☆

Case in point, while driving to work this week, I was suddenly accosted by a whole new story. The protagonist was fully formed and named (thought I wasn’t keen on the character’s surname…every attempt to rename her failed and so I have kept it as it came to me).

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The Translator

Translator.jpgI’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.

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Writer Life

WritersLifeSo there are these #WriterLife Tag questions that are bobbing around cyberspace. It has probably been around for years, but I am often (fashionably) late to the party so I have only just become aware of them.

Now being late never stopped me so I’ve decided to use this as a mid-week post!

I am not going tag anyone (just like I didn’t wait to be tagged), but if you are a writer and feel like answering these questions, please do.

Then drop me a comment to let me know you have so I can pop over to your blog and read them!

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