Guest Post: Own it baby. Work it!

This week’s guest poster is the lovely Sandie Docker who discusses being a writer. Enjoy 🙂

sandie-dockerOwn it baby. Work it!

by Sandie Docker

“So, what do you do?”

A simple question. One, unless you’re a spy, that is answered easily.

Except it isn’t.

It’s a question that fills me with dread. Because what I am, is a writer. But I’m an unpublished writer so to answer that most simple of questions I feel like a complete fraud if I answer with the truth. I have no books out in the world. I don’t get paid to write.There is no tangible proof of what I do (other than my manuscripts languishing in various slush piles waiting to find a home). And even though I write every day (nearly), and I do courses which in other circles would be considered ‘professional development’, and I’m chasing my dream with query letter after query letter, and all those memes out there tell me that if I write I’m a writer, it still feels wrong to say it out loud. “I’m a writer.”

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Avoiding Deus ex Machina

Ex Machina.jpgDeus Ex…what?

Originally this term meant “God from the Machine” and was in reference to when a “god” character in a play was lowered on stage via a cable device. The god was often brought in as a divine intervention for a situation that was unfixable.

The term has changed now and is used as a negative connotation to explain a sudden illogical plot twist used to completely alter a situation. Sadly this sort of thing happens in fiction whereby someone or something is introduced into the plotline just to create a contrived solution to an unsolvable issue / conflict.

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Guest Post: 15 Tips for Self-Publishing (the second time around)

This week’s guest post is the wonderful Suzanne Rogerson, author of Visions of Zarua, sharing her tips for self publishing 🙂

Visions of Zarua Book Cover15 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.

 

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Guest post: Do’s and Don’ts for Connecting with Reviewers

This week’s guest post is the lovely Erika Kehlet from The Book’s The Thing where she shares her love of books and offers up reviews. Enjoy!
ErikaDo’s and Don’ts for Connecting with Reviewers by Erika Kehlet

I’m so happy for this chance to be a guest on Ari’s blog today. I’m Erika, and when not working full time in IT support, I write a book blog and read everything I can get my hands on.

I have had a love of reading since I was old enough to hold a book in my hands, before I even knew what the the little symbols on the pages meant.

I learned to love books by watching my family read, and being read to, and I’ve tried to instill the same love for books in my own children.

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Deconstructing a story

Deconstructing a Storya.jpgI’ve been writing for a long time and looking back I can see how my skills have developed.

I used to wish to be published at the age of 18. However now I am really REALLY glad I didn’t attempt it, I was not ready and I have seen a strengthening to my writing that has grown over the years.

Now I consider myself a much stronger writer* (ahhh got to love my not-so-inner egotist) and one thing I noticed as my skills improved was how I started to react to books and movies.

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Guest Post: Types of Crime Thrillers

Enjoy another guest post, this time by the lovely Rachel Emms.

Types of Crime Thrillers

By Rachel Emms

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My name is Rachel Emms, I am an aspiring crime and thriller writer, book blogger and currently studying an MA in crime novel writing. I am delighted to be one of Ari’s guest bloggers and wanted to chat to you today about the crime genre in general and the many sub genres connected to this genre.

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Guest Post: Pre-Writing

On we go with another mid-week guest post!

Pre-Writing

by Matthew J Mimnaugh

Blank page, how to start

Greetings Eternal Scribblers,

My name is Matthew J. Mimnaugh and this is a guest post.  Today I’m going to be talking about pre-writing, or the various approaches and tools a writer can implement as a precursor to putting words on the page with the intent of sharing with an audience—it’s an important distinction, trust me.  This isn’t a list and I don’t cover everything—not by a long shot.  Instead, much like my own blog, it’s a smattering of ideas with a general takeaway.  So, without further ado, let us begin:

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Things Writers shouldn’t do

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Today I thought I would share my thoughts with you on what writer’s shouldn’t do.

As always, these are just my opinions so feel free to ignore / disregard if you feel the need.

This is not a massively comprehensive list, there are many things writers shouldn’t do. Like don’t tackle a policeman to the ground just to see what it’s like to be arrested. That should be considered a no-no.

So let’s get to it, Ari’s Things Writers Shouldn’t Do…

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I am bad at being an adult

Little girl playing career woman role

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Thought I would give you a mid-week post, not about writing but instead a little glimpse about ‘me’.  🙂

I recently watched a Youtube video (not a surprise, I spend waaaay more time on Youtube than I should) that was about being a bad adult.

It made me laugh mainly because it was pretty close to how I am. It then prompted a discussion between myself and my other half about other ways in which we are pretty bad at being adults.

Often I feel like a kid playing dress up and doing a pretty poor job of it too!

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