This week’s guest post is an interview with the wonderful Khaled Talib, author of Incognito. Enjoy!
Interview with Khaled Talib
Q01 – When did you decide you wanted to become a writer?
I was fourteen when I tried to write a detective story. I wrote it on a school notebook. Halfway into the story I gave up when the person sitting next to me pried into the content when I was not in class. He laughed at me, but he didn’t seem to understand what I was trying to do.
I’ve been reading detective books, which inspired me to write my own story. From that day, I stopped writing, but there was a yearning to tell stories. It took a long time before I listened to the little voice again.
Q02 – Did you find people supportive when they learned you were a writer?
Not at all. I once told a distant relative who lives overseas that I wanted to write. He told not to waste my time. He said a few more things that was disheartening. There are other stories, of course, but you get the drift. From that day I kept my dreams to myself.
Are you writing a novel?
Chances are then you will constantly be generating questions for yourself.
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.
This week’s guest post is the lovely Annette Rochelle Aben who has written a short story. Enjoy!
But For The Grace
by Annette Rochelle Aben
Being swallowed by the dark, Caryn felt she’d never live to see the dawn…
Everything was in place. It was only a matter of time. Caryn knew she had made the right decision and there was no turning back.
She settled on the loveseat, glanced at the clock and noted that the hour was fast approaching. Calling to her two companions was unnecessary, her babies hopped up into her lap within moments of her sitting. How funny her male cats were in comparison to the females she had in the past. Her male cats were the most affectionate, always wanting to be on her lap, sleeping next to her in bed and enjoyed being petted. Caryn gently stroked each of the cats pouring as much love as she had into each caress.
Yes… 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.
Writers 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.
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 🙂
Really 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.
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.
Why Writers Should Also Be Readers
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
A goal is a dream with a plan. How are you at making plans? Sticking to them? The reason goals fail, resolutions fail is because people make them nicely vague.
For example: “I’m going to write and publish a novel.”
If you have “Write novel” on your goal list without any thought as to what you need to do, you may find you struggle a bit.
Recently, while driving, I got to thinking about perspectives within stories.
(I do a lot of thinking while I drive…I do a lot of swearing to myself at the idiots on the road too…yup, I’m one of those drivers).
Now by ‘perspective’ I mean in reference to the narrator’s voice. As in the perspective of the narrator. If you are writing a book in 3rd person your narrator will probably change (unless you’re writing 3rd person limited).
As mentioned yesterday, you get a bonus post this week. Another post from Wilmar Luna who shares his answers to some interview questions 🙂 If you missed yesterday’s post from Wilmar, you can find it here
Q01 – When did you decide you wanted to become a writer?
I first began writing stories featuring my friends and I at the age of 12. Since I was a video game addict, I often imagined my online amigos as thieves, detectives, elite Special Forces commandos, and anything else that would require a team. I was often the main protagonist and had a tendency to write myself as the guy who got to be with his high school crush. Sounds kind of pathetic now that I think about it. (No, the high school crush was not meant to be. Dodged a bullet with that one.)