I’m not one those people who can create a blog every day. Honestly, crafting one each week at times disheartens me.
As an author I know the importance of social media. It’s a constant battle and at times I fall short. Blame it on the fact that life gets in the way.
One wouldn’t think it would be as time consuming as it is to log-on and remind everyone you're still alive. Nevertheless, several hours can be spent at the keyboard. Added to the responsibilities of having a writer’s presence, comes blogging.
My biggest questions have always been… do authors blog for readers, aspiring writers or other authors?
I settled to blog about issues concerning inspiring writers after the first of the year. Now, I’m second guessing myself. Wouldn’t my efforts be better spent sharing things with everyone who just enjoys a good read?
I really don’t enjoy blogging if I need to research subjects for inspiration. Maybe, I’ll go to webbing it for fun instead of adding more work to my plate.
For a writer it’s hard enough to find the time to work on the newest character that is screaming things in your head while you juggling family, church and other stuff that happens.
I read an interesting article on agent Rachelle Gardner’s blog about author’s blogging. It really got me thinking.
So with all that said what’re your thoughts on blogging? What audience should an author blog for?
Should all authors blog – Link
“Escape to Big Fork Lake” is my debut novel. I look forward to years of writing fiction. I have no doubt that I’m an Inspirational writer, but at times I wondered where the line was drawn for Inspiration and Christian. Additionally, I notice (through reading other novels) that I inscribed manuscripts differently than some Inspirational or Christian authors. I tend to attack subjects in my manuscripts that some Christian novelists shy away from. I also, add emotional aspects of relationships, such as kissing, fondling and hate.
In my way of thinking, just because a person is a Christian doesn’t make them immune to life. The trials one encounters and human
feelings are a part of us being alive.
That being said I realize that I am officially one-hundred percent an “Edgy Inspirational” author. These authors have characters who tussle with cravings. The characters deal with real problems.
Nevertheless, the Edgy Inspirational novelist will always glorify the Lord and bring God’s mercy to light in the life of the
characters, while helping them make decisions that honor Jesus Christ.
Do you struggle with your writing label? Like it or not
we all have one.
The Writer's Prayer
Open my mind, Lord. Grant me the talent to write with clarity and style, so my words go down rich and smooth, like fine wine, and
leave my reader thirsty for more.
Open my heart, Lord. Grant me the sensitivity to understand my characters-their hopes, their wants, their dreams--and help me to
confer that empathy to my reader.
Open my soul, Lord, so I may be a channel to wisdom and
creativity from beyond my Self. Stoke my imagination with vivid imagery and vibrant perception.
But most of all, Lord, help me to know the Truth, so my
fiction is more honest than actuality and reaches the depths of my reader's soul.
Wrap these gifts with opportunity, perseverance, and the
strength to resist those who insist it can't be done.
© 1999 Sandy Tritt. For more articles and essays on the writing life, visit www.InspirationforWriters.com.
Have you ever thought how much we used the written word? Almost every day throughout
our lives we write something, whether it’s emails, blogs, or a simple grocery list.
Writing is the most widely used tool in communication.
Even with modern technology and all the slang letters that are supposed to take place of a completely spelled-out word, you still can’t get away from writing.
Not only is it necessary to know how to write, but it’s even more essential to enjoy those words. The interaction of text is a time-honored endeavor. Think how boring our lives would be without the laughter or tears that come from reading the verses of a good book. So, if you enjoy passing along emotions or advice through scribing your thoughts, here are a few things to ponder about in the endeavor to become a better story teller.
1.Write about subjects that inspire you. If you’re passionate about
something, write about it. Through inspiration comes success.
2. Always get someone to read it. As the author of your own stories, you will not be as objective as needed.
3. Sit down and write. Don’t wait until you get inspired, make your own
4. Don’t worry about word count until the end. Novelists must do
re-writes, then comes the time to beef up the count or take-out
5. Oh yea, and about re-writes. Yes, that’s part of a writer’s life.
Accept them, do them and move on. (Notice, I said them.)
6. Don’t force yourself to write, but write - make occasions to put words
down and do this several times a week. Whether, ten minutes or eight hours any amount of writing is better than none. In the end it all ads to completion.
7. Find your niche and stick with it. Don’t beat yourself up over the fact
that you do things differently from the next author. Just as everyone has their
own unique imagination, writers have their own way of creating; don’t fight
it-use your style to your advantage.
8. When you’re typing away (or pecking in my case) stay away from the
internet. Don’t check email or do research, just work on the storyline.
9. If grammar of punctuation is your short coming. Get a writing program to be you helping hand. There’s no shame in it and it helps you develop skills.
10. Accept that you’re not perfect and embrace the fact that a lot of good
authors started out just as you have.
I love this quote.
"Keep away from people who try to belittle your
ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great." ~ Mark Twain
My thoughts on the subject-
“Jesus said unto him, if thou canst believe, all things [are] possible to him that believeth.” Mark 9:23(KJV)
Recently, I had breakfast with an author friend of mine Lynn Chandler Willis, who writes Mysteries. This lady is an awesome story teller and has several published novels. She’s now, wading through the editing process and hopes to have her next book released very soon. Lynn also, has another whodunit in the making. Our main conversation was about the different aspects of publishing a novel.
The topic is such a vast subject that we could have easily talked for hours on the issue. The editing time for any publisher is often a slow process. They have many authors inline.
The up-side to traditional publishing is that a writer can feel validated as an author. It’s good to know that a book publisher was confident enough in your writing to go that mile with you. Also, the editing process is overseen by the editor of the publishing company. They make sure that your manuscript is a well written novel when it gets released to the readers.
The route a scriber takes is a personal choice. Either way a writer goes, the road to becoming a recognized author is a tough one, but authors know-writing the perfect novel isn’t only about the rewards, it’s about something deeper that
lives in us and claws its way to the surface.
I mustn’t forget to mention Lynn’s website. Check it out. If you enjoy a good mystery I promise you’ll enjoy her novels. The latest is titled “The Rising.” http://lynnchandlerwillis.com/
The holidays are officially over. I have to say (for me) I’m a bit glad, maybe too much of a good thing isn’t always enjoyable.
Anyway, as I said earlier-the year 2013, is the time for me to focus my blog more on the art of writing correctly. I would like to showcase morsels of information I continue to absorb, found through various resources that concern the pursuit of publication and proper story crafting. All of us writers, whether new, or a seasoned can benefit from more knowledge.
In the months to come I want to shine a light on the many tips out there that help along the way. It’s my personal option that a writer never stops learning. Well… maybe, if you are Nora Roberts or Nichols Sparks that isn’t important. Mostly, though, story tellers always profit from learning a new trick or two.
I know when I was just beginning my publisher taught me a lot. Thank goodness for publishers and editors who are willing to lend out their knowledge. Before I share a few tips, let me shine a light on my publisher- Prism Book group.
Prism Book Group is a publishing company with a heart. The staff is always willing to lend an ear and a helping hand. Yes, we all have to promote our books but, Prism Book group will offer suggestions if needed- to get you started. The publisher and editors are there, walking with the writes every step of the way. I have had a great year with Prism Book Group and look forward to another one.
My second novel "The Ring of..." (Title still out-) will be starting its editing process soon, and I know that if I need any advice, the people at Prism are willing to share. That means a lot to an author.
A writer has to look realistic at the industry and realize that being a success
isn’t something that happens over-night, at least, not very often.
Achievements must be rated in different stages and not always by monetary
value. It’s a huge step just to have the title of your novel recognized in a
With that being said, let’s go on to a few common tips for writers.
1. Was, were, is, are- these to-be verbs shouldn’t be over-used. If you can omit them, do it.
2. Avoid using a lot of “he,she,her,or him” to start sentences.
3. Watch using the words “very” or “really” they will often take away from the meaning instead of adding to.
4. Add characterization to the narrative. As well as dialog (John grabbed his Yankees ball cap from the eating table, then rush out “hey wait on me,” he yelled.
These are a few quirks that all authors will forget sometime. As
we travel across the inscribing road, let's help each other. Are there any
situations that rattle you in writing? If so, then perhaps we can find answers
together. The Internet highway is a virtual smorgasbord of
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