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Writer Wednesday with Selena Blake

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What’s the one thing that remains unchanged during your writing process, from one book to another? (ie: Intensive plotting? Music?)

A: As much as I enjoy writing the first draft, I love (and sometimes hate) the revision process. One thing that never changes in my writing is how intense the revision process is for me. To me, that’s really when a book comes to life. I understand the progression of the story, can see any plot holes and I know my characters. I can add twenty-five percent to the wordcount during revisions.

What’s the one piece of advice you’d give a new writer?

A: Believe in yourself. There will be many days where you’ll lose confidence and wonder if you’re any good. That’s natural. There will be reviews that will tear you down. You’ll question yourself. But at the end of the day, believing in yourself will keep you sane. It will help you continue when the going gets tough. If you don’t believe in your work, how can you expect anyone else to?

What’s the one piece of advice you wish was wiped from the minds of writers everywhere?

A: That there’s a right way and a wrong way to proceed with your career. Each author is different. Each journey is different. The important thing is being happy with how you get to where you want to be. Traditional, indie, a combination there of. Do what works for you.

What’s the one book you think everybody, writer or not, should read?

A: James Scott Bell’s writing resource books. I love Art of War for Writers, Plot & Structure, Revision & Self-Editing. I’m pretty sure I could recommend anything he will write on the subject in the future. He has a way of breaking things down that will make you say “ah hah!”

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Writer Wednesday… Myla Jackson…

Today’s writer wednesday is …Myla Jackson

What’s the one thing that remains unchanged during your writing process, from one book to another? (ie: Intensive plotting? Music?)

A: Focus. I have to focus on one project at a time and push my way through.

What’s the one piece of advice you’d give a new writer?

A: Keep your day job! Writing is not for the risk averse. It’s a tough business with unpredictable income.

What’s the one piece of advice you wish was wiped from the minds of writers everywhere?

A: That there’s only one right way to write a book. Writing rules are guidelines you don’t always have to follow.

What’s the one book you think everybody, writer or not, should read?

A: The book of life. There is no one book for everyone to read. Live your life! Books can enrich and make life a better experience, but nothing beats getting out and exploring the possibilities yourself.

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Writer Wednesdays… Delilah Devlin

Today’s Writer Wednesday Guest is my friend Delilah Devlin

What’s the one thing that remains unchanged during your writing process, from one book to another?  (ie: Intensive plotting?  Music?)

A: I begin every day with a cup of strong, black coffee, incense or a candle burning on my file cabinet, and I write my blog as my “morning pages” to get my mind and fingers going.

What’s the one piece of advice you’d give a new writer?

A: Write. A lot. Submit. A lot. If you get repeated rejections, seek a good critique buddy or group to help you figure out where you’re missing it. Then write some more.

What’s the one piece of advice you wish was wiped from the minds of writers everywhere?

A: That there are hard and fast rules about what you can’t write. Take risks. You’ll be remembered.

What’s the one book you think everybody, writer or not, should read?

A: Stephen King’s On Writing. He can make a book on writing read like the best fiction—and he has solid observations and advice.

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Writer Wednesdays.. Lauren Fraser

Another WW post! Lauren Fraser

What’s the one thing that remains unchanged during your writing process, from one book to another? (ie: Intensive plotting? Music?)

A: I’m assuming you mean besides those frustrating moments when I read back what I’ve written and think sweet mother of god that doesn’t sound at all like it’s supposed to.LOL

When I write I’m a bit of a weird plotter. Before I sit down to write I have the basics of the plot figured out I know how things are going to begin and end and a basic outline of how I’m going to get there, but usually my characters take me on a bit of a circuitous route. *grin* The main plotting type activity that I always do is characterization. I spend a lot of time figuring out my characters, who they are, what makes them tick and what kinds of things would really send them for a loop. I think it’s all those countless hours in the psychology classroom during university that makes me a bit neurotic when it comes to who my characters are. If I don’t feel like I really understand them I have a heck of a time writing them so I always make sure I really have a clear picture before I sit down.

What’s the one piece of advice you’d give a new writer?

A: Find a great critique group or partner. Unfortunately as wonderful as family is they usually aren’t willing bite the bullet and tell you what needs to be fixed or what’s missing from your writing. A great critique partner can be worth their weight in gold. I’d much rather hear from my critique partners what’s not working then my editor when she rejects a book.

What’s the one piece of advice you wish was wiped from the minds of writers everywhere?

A: That you can’t use “to be” verbs when you are writing because it’s passive and you can’t use passive voice ever. There are times when “to be” verbs are needed and they just work. Plus it would read really odd if you changed your sentence structure so that you never used them.

What’s the one book you think everybody, writer or not, should read?

A: Oh gosh that’s a hard one, I have so many books that I love. But since I know not everyone likes to read romance or suspense or genres that I might be drawn to I’ll pick one of my favorite books of all times that should appeal to everyone as well. So that being said I’ve got to go with The Giving Tree. I love this book and read it ALOT with my kids when they were really small.

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Writer Wednesdays…

Today’s Writer Wednesday guest is SD Grady

What’s the one thing that remains unchanged during your writing process, from one book to another? (ie: Intensive plotting? Music?)

A: The cat.

When I embarked upon my first novel, there was a lot of closet writing. I hunkered down in front of the monstrous desktop and typed away. I put on music, but mostly tried to ignore the goings on in the rest of the house. But there was Betty. My tuxedo kitty who has never accepted the fact she was the “also ran” from the pet store.

Betty would jump on my lap, purr (you would not believe the engine on that cat) and meow. She does that a lot. It can be annoying. She’s got that, “Hey Mom? Mom. Mom? Mooom. Hey Mom!” thing going. Closing doors does not work, she just tries to rip it off its hinges when locked away from me.

One day, she sat on the floor next to my chair and stared up at me, making her usual amounts of noise. Occasionally the paw would fly up and hit my knee, or the seat cushion, maybe my hand. We had discussed writing with her in my lap before. It didn’t work. But clearly she required easy access at least to the human level of the planet.

I spotted my shaker foot stool in the corner and wondered. I brought it over and placed it next to my chair. Betty jumped up, purrrrred, and laid down. That was that.

Ever since, whenever the keys start clicking, she comes running and parks her lazy butt next to me. We’ve moved around the house a bit with the advent of laptops, but there’s always a spot for me, and one for…Betty.

What’s the one piece of advice you’d give a new writer?

A: Find some new friends. Lol Don’t get rid of your current ones, that’s not what I mean. You need fellow writers in your circle. Ones who will tell you when you’ve messed up, who are ready to work with you, and who will understand when you can’t go to sleep because the people in your head won’t shut up.

Writing groups are the reason I’m still doing what I do. Fellow scribes are supportive of this addiction, and tend to IM in complete sentences ;)

What’s the one piece of advice you wish was wiped from the minds of writers everywhere?

A: Absolutely never…

There are no absolutes in writing. A great many rules exist that will help you get to where you want to go, but you can break every single one of them and still succeed. You just need to know why those rules exist in the first place…then have at it! Writing is a creative process, not a mathematical equation.

What’s the one book you think everybody, writer or not, should read?

A: The Cat in the Hat

Before we pick up War and Peace, the planet must first be able to read. Every child and adult needs to be able to read. In order to do so, they need someone who does read to share their joy of reading with them.

I know at this blog, I’m preaching to the choir, but I’m gonna ask the question anyway. Did you read with your child, today?

Even some forty years later when I visit with my parents, we pick up the morning paper and share columns that spark our interest. I do it at work, pointing out articles to those who usually don’t bother with the paper. Others show me links on their phones.

Awareness of politics, news items, sales, health hazards, weather….literacy for every person on the planet is required.

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Writer Wednesdays… KevaD

Today’s WW is KevaD

What’s the one thing that remains unchanged during your writing process, from one book to another? (ie: Intensive plotting? Music?)

A: Learning my characters. I imagine them walking into my living room, and watch their movements, their unconscious habits. This one might rub the side of his nose before he speaks when he’s nervous, another might rub a knuckle, yet another may shift her foot back and forth on the ball of her foot. Does one sniff his food before the first bite? Does the woman across from him demurely sip her coffee, or slosh it over her tongue to savor the flavor? Does the man line up his belt buckle with the buttons on his shirt? Is the woman’s shoe heel scuffed from kicking it off, or polished because she removes her shoes by hand?

While these specific traits may or may not make it into the story, they teach me who the characters are and how they will react in the situations I place them in.

What’s the one piece of advice you’d give a new writer?

A: Be honest with yourself. Make sure you really want to do this. Mom and family don’t exist in the writer’s world when it comes to sales and reviews. Professional editors exist to send the most polished story they can to publication, not to tell the writer how wonderful he or she is. Just because your story is contracted does not mean it’s perfect or even close to ready for publication. Pay attention to what your editors say, as they are a treasure trove of information.

Of course there is another side to that coin. Unfortunately, there are some editors who couldn’t find their way out of a phone booth with a GPS and guide dog. So, if you get assigned to a good, skilled editor, become their best friend; they will make your writing better than it is now.

What’s the one piece of advice you wish was wiped from the minds of writers everywhere?

A: That the writer has to follow “the rules” that exist within certain genres. Write the story writhing in your soul, begging to be told. While it may take some searching to find the right publisher, you will find a home for your work.

What’s the one book you think everybody, writer or not, should read?

A: The one on your shelf you just haven’t found the time for. Bookshelves and e-readers shouldn’t be about amassing collections. Books are meant to be read. We not only do the writer and book a disservice by not reading, but ourselves as well. Find the time. Read.

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