Guest post: But for the Grace

This week’s guest post is the lovely Annette Rochelle Aben who has written a short story. Enjoy!

AnnetteBut 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.

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Guest Post: Author Toni Cox

This week’s guest poster is the wonderful Toni Cox, author of the Elemental Trilogy, who shares with us her experiences and difficulties she has overcome and how writing played a part in that. Enjoy! 🙂

Toni_Cox_profile_pic[1].jpgMy love for reading began when I was 11 years old and I was given a book for Christmas. It was “The Black Stallion” by Walter Farley. I started horse riding when I was very young, so the book spoke to me on so many different levels. From then on, I saved every bit of pocket money I could and bought one book of the series every month.

I have been an avid reader since then, reading a variety of genres, but the fantasy genre holds a very special place in my heart. Fantasy books are an escape from reality and when you feel that you need to step away from life for a little while, a good fantasy book can do that for you.

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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 🙂

viv-drewaInterview

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: 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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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: A Reading Experience

Sorry for the delay people. Lost my internet connection! This week’s guest poster is the lovely Jayne Denker, author of several romcoms and already onto her seventh… (paint me jealous!) However she has found time to contribute to this blog! Enjoy 🙂

jayne.jpgI’m supposed to be writing.

I’m not.

My next romcom, my seventh, is all mapped out in my head. Why am I not writing it? Well, life sort of got in the way recently, as it tends to do. And then the holidays came along, which always make the “real-life lag” ten times worse.

Okay, you know what? I’m procrastinating. I admit it. Even though writers learn how to write despite grappling with random obstacles thrown in their path, and whining about not having time is not allowed, sometimes we need time to decompress, so here I am, telling my next novel idea to shush, that I’ll get to it in a little while. I only feel a little guilty about it.
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Guest post: Why do I write?

This week’s guest writer is the awesome Melka Stansah, author of The Raven Trilogy: The First Journey. She shares with us her reason why she writes 🙂 Enjoy

Melka.jpgWhy Do I Write?

by Melka Stansah

So my first novel was out, the media and sales platforms were set up and reviews started coming through. At first, it was so exciting like a breath of fresh air; I had a new life as a writer. My daily routines changed tremendously – from a social media illiterate to a highly dependent user. I joined the online and offline writer’s club and posted on my social media as frequent as possible. I did everything I could to keep up-to-date with my frenzy writer’s life.

Few months of rigorous promotions passed by; the statistics were flooding, everything from reviews, ratings, interviews, number followers, sales numbers, etc. The expectations were building and it became harder and harder to catch up with everything, especially for me, a part-time writer with a full-time daily job. Then slowly it turned into a relentless pressure. What was exciting in the first place was no longer to be. My days went by with a set of repetitive tasks I must do – the same questions each and every day.

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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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Guest post: “Write what you know” (part 1)

This week’s guest poster is the lovely author Nathalie Andrews who discusses that prickly topic of “write what you know.” Please note this is a 2 part article so check back tomorrow for the second half 🙂 Enjoy!

Nathalie.jpg“Write What You Know” (part 1)

By Nathalie Andrews

We’ve all heard the advice. If we’ve experienced something the chances are we will have a clearer understanding of it and, in turn, that means we’ll be better able to write about it. Right?

But what if you want to write about something completely different – a character from another time, another culture, a fantastical world? There are two things to think about: how could you write them well? And should you write them at all?

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Guest Post: Back to the Bean: A Writer’s Letter to No

This week’s guest poster is the lovely Kim Chance who you might know from her successful Youtube channel. Her post is a fascinating letter to No. Enjoy 🙂

Kim Chance.jpgDear No,

We need to talk. I’ve been putting this off for a while now, but I think it’s finally time for me to get this off my chest. I hope you won’t take this personally because as cliché as it sounds, it really is me and not you….well, for the most part.

It’s time for the truth, and it boils down to this: I’m exhausted of you, No. Completely and utterly exhausted. There. I said it, and I’m sorry. But it’s true.

When we first met, you hardly bothered me. In fact, every time you walked in with that ridiculous sashay of yours, I would laugh and tell myself that you didn’t matter because I was much bigger than you. However, lately, you’ve grown in size. Like a freaking beanstalk, you’ve gone from being a tiny little bean, to being this enormous, ever-growing plant that’s stuck smack dab in the middle of my life. It’s getting a little harder to pretend that I’m not frustrated by you.

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