ReBlog: How To Handle The Slow Burn Story

Since I had no guest poster set up for this week, I thought I would share someone else’s wisdom with a reblog instead! Check out this great article from BlondeWriteMore Blog.

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This is something I have experienced lately, writing the slow burn story.

These tales are unique because they take AGES to come out of you.

They are normally written in dribs and drabs which can be very frustrating for an impatient blonde writer, like myself.

A slow burn story is a form of creative torture as your naughty muse gives you a little titbit of the story (equating to a few pages) and that’s it for a few days, weeks or even months.

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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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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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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

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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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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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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