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Two years after I moved to Spain, I joined an English-speaking writers group. This was both much delayed and, in a sense, inevitable: the only Spanish-language creativity I’d achieved in all that time was a limerick, composed in hospital while wishing I didn’t have a kidney stone to deal with. And I certainly learned my lesson. My Spanish hasn’t improved greatly, but I drink a lot more water. If you read last week’s article, you’ll know this isn’t the only writers group I’m in (you’ll also know why there’s an apostrophe missing from that sentence). I’m in three, which I categorise as: • The Critiquing Writers Group • The Reading Writers Group • The Writing Writers Group All of them are useful, none of them are perfect, and one day I’ll strip away their chaff and start a group of my own, one filled with nothing but wheaty goodness – you too could do the same! But first, you’d need to discover the strengths and weaknesses of each one. So let’s keep doing that. Part One can be found here Part Two: The Reading Writers Group Towards the end of 2010, an American ex-patriot (excuse me: expatriate) couple attended my first ... Read More »
Love is a Battlefield by Elizabeth Coldwell If there’s one thing guaranteed to have me hooked on a romance story, it’s an ongoing battle of wills between hero and heroine. There’s no doubt that both of them desire each other like crazy, but they loudly declare to anyone who’ll listen that the last thing they want is to be in a relationship. They express their feelings for each other by means of sharp, snappy dialogue, constantly trying to have the upper hand and the last word in any conversation. And the reader waits for the moment when all pretence will be put aside and our warring couple fall into each other’s arms, just as they’ve been dying to do pretty much from the moment they met. It’s one of the oldest conventions in fiction. You’ll find this behaviour in so many places – from the behaviour of Beatrice and Benedick in Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing via the characters Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn played in all those glorious 1940s screwball comedies right up to the eponymous hero of the sitcom Frasier, who seemed to start half his romances as a direct result of having a blazing row with ... Read More »
Blogging 101 Guest Blogging Guest blogging really does work IF you know how to do it and do it right. It can help you and your blog and also the other person’s blog. There are several reasons why you would want to guest blog. You would like to build your creditability Create Connections Drive Traffic We will touch on these to help you get started. Building your creditability. You want to talk about something you know. Readers will pick over your post especially if they think you are have no clue what you are talking about. Some of the best sites like Lifehacker, The Huffington Post, Forbes, Entrepreneur, etc. are ones you should try and get on. They will bring small traffic to your site but the bigger picture is they will get your the you the exposure and raise your authority in the buisness. Creating Connections you want to build a relationship with fellow bloggers and readers. Providing high quality posts will do this for you and gain you some readers. The bloggers will love you have content for their authors that will be worth wild in reading. Be sure to look around for some places/ blogs that you ... Read More »
Writing is a solitary job. Some of us have critique and writers groups and author cocktail hour (or is that only me?). But the actual sit your bum down on chair; fingers flying over keyboard and quality word count, can only be done by…me. The amount of time I spend huddled in my writing cave, pulling my hair out, varies with my husband and children’s noise levels. I’ve been writing for a number of years, but have only recently started treating it as my day job. Being an author and a writer are two completely different things. I’ve been a writer for a few years. But now I’m published, an author, and with that comes responsibilities…ugh. The dreaded “R” word. People expect a certain level of expertise whether it’s craft or marketing and for that a writer needs support. I’m blessed—or cursed—to have a parent who writes. Thankfully we don’t write together as that could be a precursor to Armageddon. In fact, we even write in the same genre, which is both good and bad. I have a built in support network who understands the voices in my head are characters and I’m not crazy for ... Read More »
Call me crazy, but I have lots of voices in my head, and I listen to them. In fact, if I don’t pay attention to them and let them dictate my writing, I have a much harder time of it. I learned not to fight the voices, even if they aren’t taking me where I’m expecting or wanting them to. Sometimes this leads to putting a story for a specific submission call aside and starting something new with different characters, but if that’s what has to be done, then that’s what has to be done. One of the questions I’m frequently asked is what my writing process is and I always say the same thing — the characters show up and I take their stories down. And I say that, not to be silly or odd, but because that’s exactly what it feels like. I know there’s not actually people in my head talking to me… well, I can say that, but saying it feels like lying. Because there are character voices that I’m listening to, that I literally hear inside my head and I write down what they are saying on paper (or keyboard as it happens.) I’m ... Read More »