Why you should Embrace your Mistakes

 

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Do you embrace your mistakes?

 

I think there is a part in all of us that loves the idea of holding ourselves accountable to mistakes me make.  But that’s not always the case, is it?

So why don’t we embrace our mistakes?

Maybe you blame schools… or parents… or bosses!  Because they are easy to blame.  Though maybe the real culprit is society.

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Interview with author Khaled Talib

This week’s guest post is an interview with the wonderful Khaled Talib, author of Incognito. Enjoy!

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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.
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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: 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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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: 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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Who’s your Narrator?

Talk in colors speech bubbles social mediaRecently, 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).

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Blog Hop: 2017 Writing Goals

2017 Goals.jpgA goal is a dream with a deadline…way to suck the fun out of dreaming, eh! 🙂 But if we want to move forward it helps to have a plan, a focus and goals are exactly that.

I had already been thinking about what my Writing Goals would be, especially with the 85K in 90 day challenge looming on the horizon (Jan – Mar 2017)

So when the new Blog Hop topic was Writing Goals for 2017, I thought let’s get them down!

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The Card Catalogue

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The Problem

I have been a writer since I was about 8. Throughout my childhood and teen years I wrote –  a lot!  When I was about 18 I came up with a few characters that were so strong in my mind that I just started writing scenes. I never really planned a novel I just wrote what felt right and ended up with….yeah…well…thousands of scenes…. seriously, thousands!! O.O

These scenes have enough plot ideas and new characters to give me about 6 – 8 books. I even have an idea how the series ends. But it’s still one big ol’ mess of disjointed scenes.

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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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