How an Act of Creative Kindness Can Turn Around a Bad Writing Day #MondayBlogs #Writers

 

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Acts of creative kindness can be really powerful. They are great to receive but the feeling you get from helping another troubled creative soul is pretty special.

I recently experienced a bad writing day. It didn’t start well and turned into a day of battling against negativity and self-doubt. So I took immediate action. I stuffed some chocolate into my mouth, drew some dark shadowy figures in my diary, sulked on the loo and had a strong coffee.

I managed to recover some of the day, but I still wasn’t feeling the creative love. Half of me wanted to write the day off as a ‘bad day’ and just forget it. 

Then I received a cry for help from one of my creative friends, who was struggling to make sense of a project. She was lost in the detail and desperately needed a fresh pair of eyes to help make sense of it.

So I put down my project and went to her aid. 

I told myself “just because I am having a bad and unsalvageable writing day, it doesn’t mean I can’t help turn around someone else’s day!”

We talked it through and it was like another part of my brain came alive. I got out a pencil, some paper and drew a chart. We then went through each bit of her project and used the chart to plot out the different elements.

Some time later and our impressive looking chart had solved her issue. She went away happy and I went back to my draft novel feeling refreshed and energised.

Helping my creative friend changed my bad writing day:

  • I was able to use a different part of my brain, which I think is great to do when you are stuck on a mammoth project like writing a book.
  • The buzz I got from helping someone else gave me some confidence and a nice feeling inside.
  • Going back to basics with a pencil and a piece of paper did something for me. I know it sounds silly but I went back to feeling like I was actually creating something. This is what being a creative person is all about. It is really easy to lose sight of this when you are just typing into a laptop for hours on end.
  • I felt like I had a made a difference to someone else’s writing day.

 

So, the next time you are having a bad writing day, see if you can perform an act of creative  kindness for another troubled soul. It can be big or small. 

The important thing is you reach  out.

Acts of creative kindness are good for the soul.

Have a great day!

 

If you are still having a bad day after all this listen to my free podcast ‘The Diary of Roxy Collins’ – Roxy’s dating adventures and motherhood issues will definitely bring a smile to your face.

 

 

How To Tell If Your Child Is Going To Be A Blogger #SundayBlogShare #BloggingGals #Bloggers

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Following on from my post ‘How To Tell If Your Child Is Going To Be A Writer,’ I thought I should do a post on how to tell if your child is going to be a blogger. 

You might already believe your child  will be a future blogger, as they are a whiz on your tablet and can name all the main forms of social media. 

But have you checked for the not so obvious signs? 

Here are the signs of a future blogger:

  1. Your child spends hours building thriving and engaging communities with their toys or little friends at nursery / school.
  2. Your child will enjoy letting their toy or friendship community know how they are feeling, giving them some insight on how their day has gone and asking for feedback on their latest fancy dress outfit.
  3. Your child constantly compares the size of their toy community to the toy followings of their friends.
  4. Your child is keen to give actionable advice on a wide range of topics and resorts to drawing you some handy instructions.
  5. Your child likes to make things look pretty and visually appealing. They will be addicted to covering everything in sight with glitter, sparkly bits and fancy fabric pieces.
  6. From a young age your child has been keen to work out how they can monetize chores.
  7. They will want to make a difference in the world and want to understand how they can help others.
  8. They are keen to share adventures and experiences in their life with others.
  9. They will have a view or make a comment on EVERYTHING!
  10. At an early age they will have a good appreciation of fonts and know what works for them.
  11. They count their toy community everyday to check that there have been no changes to their overall follower count. If their figures are down and some plastic toy followers have gone missing – they will go into meltdown! 

Have a fabulous day! 

 

Author Interviews @shuchikalra #Writerslife #Writers #Author

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Welcome to my Author Interview Blog Series!

This series allows me to interview some amazing and inspirational authors. In the interviews I glean some writing tips from them, find out how they have overcome their literary challenges and most importantly get some valuable insight into their creative life.

This week I am beyond excited as author Shuchi Singh Kalra is sat in my red interview chair. She is a ChickLit author from India, who loves Twitter and describes herself as a ‘free spirit, certified crazy, social awkward cat lady!’ My kind of author – sigh!

Hey, Shuchi! Welcome to my blog!  Please take a seat in my red chair.

Tell my readers about yourself and the book / books you have written

I currently have two books out in the market – both romantic comedies. The first one is ‘Done With Men’, which sounds like a Man-Haters Guide To The Galaxy but isn’t. It’s just a story of a ditzy girl who runs into a series of unfortunate disasters before she finds Mr.Right.

The second one is ‘I am Big. So What?‘ – India’s first plus sized romance. It is a light read but at the same time, touches upon issues of body shaming and self-love.

I like to create strong, zesty female characters that are flawed and yet very endearing. They are ditzy enough to mess up their lives but have it in them to put things back in place.

When did you write your first book?

I started writing ‘Done With Men’ in Jan 2013.

How long did it take to write your first book?

I finished Done With Men in three months flat and I’m still quite smug about it.

‘I am Big. So what?’ took me over a year to write.

What was your motivation to write your first book?

I always had recurrent author dreams of seeing a book with my name on it in a bookstore but I guess I took too long to actually do it. But hell, it’s never too late for anything.

What writing issues did you encounter along the way and how did you overcome them?

Writing a book is actually the easiest part about being an author. The real battle begins when it is time to publish and market your work. I don’t know how it works in the west, but book publishing in India is a rather slow process and by the time a book comes out into the market, an author is very likely to have lost interest in it.

The market for romance is thriving – there are new authors coming in everyday and readers have too much to choose from. This also translates into stiff competition and the need for aggressive marketing and promotion, which can be quite exhausting for an author. Two books down, I am beginning to enjoy it a bit through.

Did you go through any bad writing patches during writing your book – what kept you going?

Oh yes. I run into roadblocks and dead ends more often than I’d like. It helps sometimes to change track. If the story isn’t turning out to be satisfactory, I just scrap it and begin all over again instead of wasting too much time trying to make it work.

It can be disheartening at times to trash all that you’ve written but I always keep my eyes on the larger goal.

Are you a plotter or do you just write / see what happens?

I usually start off with a rough sketch of the story but I don’t plot very extensively. I begin with an idea and let the story take it’s course.

What is the best thing about being a writer?

With every book you write, you get to live so many lives and be so many people. When I write for a character, I have to “become” them in that moment to explore how their mind would work, how they’d respond to a situation and why they are what they are. I find that bit the most thrilling.

What is the worst thing about being a writer?

That you live and work in an isolated bubble and you are the only person responsible to keep yourself driven. Procrastination is practically an epidemic among writers and some days it can be difficult to rap yourself on the knuckles and get some real work done.

Have you ever considered quitting writing, and if so how have you worked through this?

I have had my periods of slumps and stagnation but quitting? Never! I love expressing myself through the written word but there are phases when motivation takes a nosedive. When that happens, I try my hand at something new (by new I obviously mean another form of writing). For example, if I’ve been stuck with a book chapter, I’ll write some poetry for a change. I have found that indulging in other creative activities like crafts etc. also helps considerably.

What does a typical writing day look like for you?

I run a writing firm so I am mostly juggling multiple projects at a time. Book writing is something I do when I can spare time from assignments, although I’d like to transition into full-time authoring eventually. I do most of my writing when my 5 year old daughter is in school or at night after everyone has gone to bed.

Do you suffer from procrastination and if so how do you handle it?

I think procrastination suffers from me. I can be such a slacker at times and I hate myself for it. And that happens only with book writing because when you are writing for businesses, you can’t afford to wait for inspiration to strike you. I keep pushing myself to write SOMETHING every day, even if it just small passage.

A small way forward is still a way forward and always better than stagnation.

Which is more important – plot or characters and why?

I think both those things are equally important. Intricate character development lends credibility to your story and makes it more realistic. It also helps the reader to relate more to your characters. At the same time, you need to keep the reader riveted with an interesting plotline and adequate twists and turns. I think one can’t do without the other.

What have been your 3 biggest learnings during your writing career?

  • It’s going to be slow. Very slow. There’s no such thing as instant gratification.
  • It’s not enough to be a good writer. You have to learn to market yourself well.
  • Don’t count on books for money, at least until you have a few bestsellers out in the market

How do you manage social media as a writer?

I manage it by being addicted to Twitter, which is the absolute wrong way to go about it. I am not a social animal but I’m definitely a social media animal. I love interacting with readers and interesting people online and I must say it has helped my book sales too.

Social media gives you a platform to express yourself as a person, which may motivate people to check out your other writings. I think it’s a great way to come across new opportunities and market your work.

Do you have any tips or advice for budding aspiring authors?

As pleasurable and satisfying as it can be, writing can be sometimes disheartening because the returns are not immediate and competition is high.

The best thing you can do for yourself is to keep trudging along.

Take it one step at a time and don’t jump the gun.

Do you suffer from writer’s block and if so how do you overcome?

When it comes to my professional assignments, I can’t afford writer’s block because there are deadlines to be met and clients to answer to.

However, when it comes to my books, I give myself more leeway to slack. Reading books from the same genre you are writing is the best way to break out of a block. It helps bring your mind into the same zone and you are much more likely to find a trigger for the words to flow.

Do you ever think of the next book whilst writing?

Yes. I’m usually thinking of too many books at the same time. But I try to work on one or at the most, two at a time just for the sake of my sanity.

What do you wear to write?

I work from home so you’ll usually find me in an old tee and a pair of shorts/PJs with my hair pulled up in a bun.

If readers want to get in touch how do they contact you?

I am fairly (okay, insanely) active on Twitter and I connect with most of my readers there. You could also email me for any queries.

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Wow – What a fab interview! 

There were so many things that stuck out for me in this interview:

  • I can really relate to ‘becoming’ a character in order to understand them and this can be exciting!
  • I think this is a great quote with regards procrastination – ‘small way forward is still a way forward and always better than stagnation’.
  • I can relate to being a ‘social media animal’ – love this!
  • Your learning about instant gratification is very true. You almost have to prepare yourself for years of small progress. 
  • The growing Indian romantic fiction market sounds interesting.
  • Your strong, zesty characters with flaws and wobbly bits sound like my chicklit character Roxy Collins. Yay – to these fun characters!

Thank you!

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The Writer’s Pet Break #WritersLife #AmWriting #Writers

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This is a special kind of break for a writer and one that warrants a blog post.

There are 5 stages:

  1. Literary Turmoil. This stage is where the writer is in a creative mess. There are a number of reasons why a writer could be a little emotional over their work. So, for this post I have used the following scenario. The writer has just read some reviewer feedback on their beloved draft novel. In true writer style they have ignored all the positive comments and focused in on the negatives. Tears are streaming down the writer’s face as they over think the small piece of constructive criticism, relating to the start of chapter eight. After a good nose blow the writer will look up from their writing desk, in the hope that there will be a sympathetic loved one on hand, to give them a cuddle, a gentle hair ruffle and tell them that everything will be alright. Sigh!
  2. The Disappearing Loved One. Sometimes I wonder whether a little alarm goes off inside a loved one’s brain, when their beloved writer is having a creative and emotional breakdown. As they always seem to disappear when a writing crisis occurs! I can’t think why a loved one would want to run for the hills, after catching sight of their tear-stained writer, rocking in the corner, clutching a crumpled email from their reviewer and muttering some bad stuff under their breath. So, the writer’s turmoil gets a lot worse, once they hear the slam of the front door and screeches of tyres on the drive. Its a sad state of affairs for any writer to know that a loved one will make a quick escape at the first sign of tears.
  3. Call For Pet. With no-one to offer them some reassurance and comfort the writer will fire off some texts or emails to a couple of sympathetic writer friends. If the writer friends don’t respond, the writer will turn to the next best thing – their pet!  Cue the writer shrieking their pet’s name. Their pet will either come bounding over or groan, place a paw over its little furry face and go back to sleep.
  4. Writer’s Pet Break. The writer’s pet break will start once there is sight of their pet. In some extreme cases, the pet will fail to respond to the distress call (comfy basket, too busy enjoying themselves outside or pet laziness) and will have to be woken up, scooped out of the basket and placed on the writer’s lap. The pet will then have to listen to the writer blubber about how upset they are, how their literary hopes and dreams have been dashed (by the criticism relating to chapter eight) and how they don’t think they should write anymore. The writer’s pet break is like a mini counselling session for the writer. After a stroke and a cuddle some writers will let their pet return to its basket. However, some pets will not be allowed to go about their pet business. Oh no! These poor animals will be gazing longingly out of the window and dreaming about frolicking in the sunshine, when their writer owner will announce…they are going to read aloud to them. Gasp! Their pet will let out an inner groan, as the writer starts to read out parts of their draft novel that they feel reviewers are struggling with. Forgetting that they are speaking to an animal the writer will fire off questions to their pet like “what do you think about that chapter…my reviewers thought the start was a little weak…thoughts?” and “what do you think about my foreshadowing?” and “do you think I will ever be an international best-selling author?”  If only a writer’s pet could talk! Ha!  Once all literary problem areas have been read and discussed, the poor little animal will finally be given back its freedom. It will stagger back to its basket, where it will collapse and spend some quality time recovering from its literary ordeal – lying on back with paws in the air and a dazed expression on face!
  5. Hope. The writer will feel a lot better after their Writer’s Pet Break. Writing Land won’t feel so bleak and their gloom will have lifted. They will feel blessed for having such a supportive and understanding pet. Their pet, on the other hand, will be looking forward to the writer’s next episode of Writer’s Block.

Have a fabulous day and let us all spare a thought for our supportive pets!

Remember readers there are other types of writer’s breaks:

 

 

How To Make Lemonade When Writing Gives You Lemons #MondayMotivation #MondayBlogs

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When writing gives me lemons; painful episodes of writer’s block, dull characters, sagging plots, confidence issues, negative feedback and a head full of creative demons – I make lemonade!

I have made so much lemonade recently with my writing lemons that I am actually getting quite good at it.

Here is how I make lemonade when writing gives me a bitter taste of lemon:

  1. Yoga. I swear Yoga is magical. It seems to realign the cogs in my head. After 15 minutes of some Downward Facing Dog, High Planks, Low Planks and Warrior Poses I feel a lot better and I get a boost of positivity.
  2. Meditation. This clever exercise clears the mind. It calms me down and gives me focus. I wish I had discovered this last year when writing gave me some serious lemons.
  3. Gratitude. I practice writing gratitude. I think about all the things I am grateful for in my creative life; my wonderful writing friends, my characters who make me smile on a daily basis, my stories, my blog, all my fabulous followers, my podcast and the decision I made when I turned 40 to follow my writing dream.
  4. Fresh Air. So simple and so effective.
  5. Creative Podcasts. At the moment my go-to podcast is Elizabeth Gilbert’s Magic Lessons podcast. Listening to her give advice to other writers is really therapeutic and interesting. She also has a really soothing and calming voice! I also have a huge author crush going on – sigh!
  6. Trust Emergence. This is something I have learnt from Sacha Black.  When you are stuck on something or facing what seems an insurmountable problem – have patience, stop sweating about it, do something else and have faith in emergence. Your mind will work it out. It may take a few days or even weeks but if you really trust your creative mind the answer will emerge. This works!
  7. Tweet your issue and add a comedy GIF.  I find the eye roll GIFS are the best and always make me feel better.
  8. Get some perspective. No one is going to die from my sagging plot and lifeless characters.
  9. Enjoy the struggle. I accept that when my writing challenges me, I grow as a writer. So I might as well enjoy the pain!
  10. Smile!

Turn those writing lemons into lemonade!

Stay strong – we are all doing a great job🙂

How To Tell If Your Child Is Going To Be A Writer #SundayBlogShare #Writers #Writer

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Your child is showing an interest in reading and writing – does this mean one day they will become a writer?

Before you get too excited (or groan) here are some other future writer signs to watch out for…

  1. Your child spends a lot of time in fantasy land or as my mother used to say about me ‘away with the fairies’… 
  2. They like their own company.
  3. They have an intense stare, which feels like they are reading your mind.
  4. They have formed their own reader following consisting of dolls, teddies, plastic figures and sleeping grandparents. Once they have finished their story they will scan their group for signs of feedback. Any toys that have a miserable expression on their plastic faces, will be quickly removed and banished to the toy box…forever.
  5. They already have a love for arduous and tedious creative work. The prospect of going back into their bedroom to rewrite their entire library of little notebooks, filled with stories and drawings, will bring a smile to their face and a twinkle to their eye.
  6. They have an impressive pencil-case and a vast collection of notebooks.
  7. Other kids in the local area are impressed or concerned about your child’s wild and wonderful ideas for imaginary games.
  8. Your child likes to update their toy based reader following on how they are feeling a lot. They are already showing valuable skills for social media.
  9. At nursery or school your child compares their stories to other children’s stories – A LOT!
  10. Your child struggles with parent or teacher feedback on their stories.
  11. Your child adores homework.
  12. Your child does not mind reading their own story to a room full of dozing relatives, after a huge meal at a family gathering. They just carry on reading with a wide goofy smile on their face.
  13. Your child obsesses about the start or endings of their own stories.
  14. Your child writes their own version of their favourite book.
  15. Your child comes up with the most elaborate and imaginative excuses for why they were naughty.
  16. Your child struggles to keep handwritten birthday and Christmas card messages short. Distant relatives receive War & Peace on a Christmas card from your child.

I exhibited all these as a child and I became a writer…sigh!

Let me know if there are any more signs🙂

Have a fabulous day!

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Author Interviews @Writeright4u #author #WritersLife #AmWriting

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Welcome to my weekly blog series – Author Interviews. 

In this series I get the chance to interview some fab authors and glean some insight into their writing life, their motivations and the challenges that they have overcome with writing their books.

This week I am super excited as 2 x award-winning paranormal mystery thriller author Kimberly Brouillette has taken the time to come sit in my chair!  Squeal!

I don’t think I have interviewed many paranormal writers in this series, so I am bubbling with excitement and I can’t wait to hear how Kimberly gets her inspiration for her fabulous books.

I do love it when award-winning authors agree to let me interview them – sigh!

Hey Kimberly – welcome to the BlondeWriteMore blog, please take a seat. 

Tell my readers about yourself and the book / books you have written:

I have written 2 award-winning, paranormal murder mysteries:

I was also contributing editor for ‘Abram’s Journey: Quest for the Man in the Stars,’ written by Pamilla S. Tolen. For the past 12 years, I have edited numerous books for Comfort Publishing and various authors.

When did you write your first book?

I actually co-authored my first book, ‘Secrets in the Shallows’ (Book 1, The Monastery Murders) with Karen Vance Hammond in September, 2013. I wrote my second book, “Devil in the Details’ (Book 2, The Monastery Murders) on my own and released it in August, 2015.

Both books have won the 2014 and 2015 Paranormal Awards for fictional literature, respectively. Currently, I am finishing my third book in the same series, ‘Method in the Madness,’ which is scheduled to be released fall 2016.

Wow love your awards!

How long did it take to write your first book?

‘Secrets in the Shallows’ and ‘Devil in the Details’ each took approximately 18 months to complete. I hope to finish ‘Method in the Madness’ in only 13 months.

Working full-time at my day job at a regional magazine only allows me to spend nights and weekends on my personal projects.

What was your motivation to write your first book?

‘Secrets in the Shallows’ was inspired originally by a nightmare that my co-author for book 1, Karen Vance Hammond, had experienced. 

The prologue for book 1 is directly taken from that scary dream. Once Karen and I began working on the first book of the series, we developed a paranormal murder mystery that has been called a combination of Hitchcock’s suspense and Christie’s mystery with a dash of King’s horror.

Book 1 does end with a cliffhanger, however the story continues into the second book, ‘Devil in the Details,’  where the actual killer is finally revealed with a twist. The back story which explains why everything began in the first place will unfold in book 3, ‘Method in the Madness.’

What writing issues did you encounter along the way and how did you overcome them?

I learned a great deal throughout the process of writing this entire series. Even though I had previously edited a number of books, I made the mistake of trying to edit the first book, initially. After some harsh reviews concerning my typos, I quickly realized that it was not the wisest choice, so I hired an editor to work on ‘Secrets in the Shallows.’ It was re-released in August 2015. It is so easy to become blind to your own work. I have learned my lesson and won’t attempt that again.

Did you go through any bad writing patches during writing your book – what kept you going?

When I began working on book 2, ‘Devil in the Details,’ Karen Vance Hammond, my co-author of ‘Secrets in the Shallows,’ had some significant life changes due to a family member’s health. The adjustment process that resulted caused the project to slow down considerably for a few months. When we realized that her situation wasn’t going to change quickly, Karen released the project to me so that I could finish it in a timely manner. Since then, I have continued working on this series for the past 2 1/2 years on my own.

Are you a plotter or do you just write / see what happens?

I have a general sense of where the story is going to end up, however there are many aspects to the story which change along the way, especially with a mystery. Originally, I attempted to plan everything out for most of the book. However, once I started writing, I realized that it isn’t uncommon for me to gain wonderful inspiration as I’m working on the story.

If I move too far ahead of where I am at in the story, then I may have worked many hours on chapter summaries which may not be written. For this reason, I have developed what I call as the headlight method  By this I mean, I have a general map which allows me to know where I’m heading, however the specific routes I take can change.

I will write chapter summaries for about 15-20 chapters at a time and focus on those chapters until they are completed.

Basically, I only write as far as I can see using my headlights, or chapter summaries. Once I finish those chapters, I repeat the possess until I complete the book.

What is the best thing about being a writer?

It’s hard to reduce the best thing about being an author down to a single aspect. However, if I must, then I would say that the best thing about being a writer is having the ability to create a wonderful, tangible story from your own mind and then share it with the world. Inspiring words can be eternal if they are shared. How many thousands of authors claim that Charles Dickens has inspired their own works, almost 150 years after his death? A captivating or inspiring book can become a legacy which continues to endure, even after the writer is long gone.

What is the worst thing about being a writer?

I believe one of the worst things about being a writer is that there is so much required in order to become a successful writer which has little to do with the writing itself. Since I have a day job, my available writing time is already limited. Combine that with the normal responsibilities of life and family time, then there is even fewer hours that I am free to write. That time is reduced even more by the need to promote my books via social media, write blog articles and conduct author interviews on websites, radio shows and podcasts.

Unlike most authors, I am also a graphic designer, so I save a great deal of expense by designing my own book covers, bookmarks and any promotional materials, but again, my time is reduced significantly. Due to my available time or looming deadlines on some days, I must choose between designing my book related graphics, writing my book manuscripts or promoting them. My ultimate dream is to be able to focus my attention on all aspects of my books by becoming a successful, full-time author. I realize that the responsibilities for my writing career wouldn’t change, but I would have more time available to spend actually writing.

Have you ever considered quitting writing, and if so how have you worked through this?

I only started focusing on my own books within the past 6 years and have no plans on stopping any time soon. As of right now, I have approximately 7-10 years worth of projects in mind. On top of that, I have many additional ideas for screenplays, novellas and short stories that I haven’t even begun. I’ve found that I am happiest when I am able to be creative. Writing is one of the outlets I need to be content, so I will continue as long as I have a story in my head.

What does a typical writing day look like for you?

I basically alluded to this when I spoke about the worst thing about being a writer. I would never say there is a typical writing day for me. My writing days can vary greatly, due to whether I have other responsibilities that I need to focus on. Whenever possible, I try to spend my time between 9 p.m. and  1 a.m. writing on my current project.

However, should I have a radio show interview or need to design a new marketing graphic, then I may not spend as much of that time actually writing.

Do you suffer from procrastination and if so how do you handle it?

The biggest contributing factor for any procrastination directly relates to social media. As I mentioned before, social media is a large aspect of my promotional activities. It does require continual self-discipline so that I don’t spend too much time on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. I have my good days and less successful ones, in that regard. The upside is that even if I do spend more time than I should on social media, it is usually to help promote my books, so it isn’t a waste of time.

Which is more important – plot or characters and why?

I don’t believe one is more important without the other. In order to create a truly remarkable story, both are needed. Should one or the other be less significant in the story, then it will show in the reviews.

I believe that realistic characters who enable the reader to empathize, rejoice and cry will make a story worth reading. However, if the plot isn’t very original or creative, then those wonderful characters will fall flat in the reader’s mind.

A great writer knows how to utilize original plots and memorable characters to create a world where the reader can escape to and never want to leave.

Do you have any tips or advice for budding aspiring authors?

  • First and foremost, I recommend that aspiring authors spend a great deal of time actually READING the works of great authors. Try to take in a variety of genres, not just the ones that you usually are drawn to.
  • Allow yourself to read for multiple reasons. Find a new appreciation for different styles, formats, perspectives, approaches and themes. There are so many rules on writing which were written long ago. Some of those rules may need to be broken in order to unleash your true potential.
  • Develop your own writing style that makes your work unique. Discover the true reason you want to write and then do whatever you need to in order to reach your goals.
  • Above all, don’t become stuck in the mire of self-defeat. Only you can stop you.

Do you suffer from writer’s block and if so how do you overcome?

I would not say that I suffer from writer’s block. Whenever I find that I am unable to work on a certain part of my book due to lack of the right inspiration, I simply begin working on another aspect of it. Fortunately for me, my books have dream scenes, differing time lines and even multiple point-of-views (MPOV), so it is not very difficult to focus on another segment. I determine which part I am most inspired to write at that time and then begin writing.

I will add that there have been times when I was unable to write on specific parts of the book, or even certain characters, due to a need for inspiration. For example, in my current project, ‘Method in the Madness,’ I was unable to write the prologue for three months due to the fact that I have set a PG-13 standard for my books. I had to determine the correct approach to deal with a very violent and delicate matter in the story line. While the specific inspiration eluded me for that part, I went ahead and wrote the next five chapters, which involved another time line.

When I desperately am seeking a story line epiphany, I have found that riding our motorcycle has allowed me to be able to get away from the world just long enough to find the creative spark I need. There is something that happens when I’m able to block everything from my mind which allows new ideas to spring forth.

What do you wear to write?

I like to be as comfortable as I can be as I write. It’s not unusual to write in a loose t-shirt and shorts, or even my Pj’s. I don’t want to be more concerned with what I’m wearing than what I’m writing.

If readers want to get in touch how do they contact you?

I am very accessible via Facebook, Twitter, Good Reads, Instagram, Pinterest, E-mail and my author blog. My books are available via paperback and Kindle on Amazon and most standard book outlets. Autographed paperbacks are only available directly through me (e-mail for more information).

See below for the links:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/KimberlyBrouillette.Author.Editor/

Twitter: www.twitter.com/writeright4u

Good Reads: www.goodreads.com/Kimberly_Brouillette

Instagram Profile: AuthorKimberlyB

Pinterest Profile: www.pinterest.com/kimbrouillette

Author Blog: www.kimberlybrouillette.com/on-the-ragged-edge.html

E-mail: info@kimberlybrouillette.com

 

 

Thank you Kimberly! 

Fantastic interview. 

Ok, I have so many things to take from this. 

  • I love how you were inspired by a nightmare to write one of your books. Brilliant! 
  • I LOVE your headlight method and I am hoping you will come back and do me a guest post on that as it sounds really useful. As a writer who hates planning but needs some sort of direction this method appeals to me.
  • OMG you have 7-10 years worth of projects in mind! How does your brain cope? 
  • Your tips for aspiring authors are great! 
  • I can relate to having a story line epiphany moment and I love how you get on a motorcycle to get your creative juices going. 

Thanks again🙂

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Possible Reactions From Your Hometown To You Becoming An International Best Selling Author #writers

 

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Ever daydreamed about how your hometown will react to you becoming an international best selling author?

Ok, let’s imagine you have hit the literary big time. Your book is an international best seller, film rumours are rife and social media has gone into meltdown over your literary masterpiece.

How does your hometown react to your newfound stardom?

Here are some possible reactions.

  1. Your favourite local restaurant keeps a table free at all times in case you decide to drop by and order some food.
  2. You are inundated with selfie requests in the high street, whilst doing a bit of shopping.
  3. Your local hair or beauty salon have a signed framed photo of you on the wall and name a beauty treatment or hairstyle after you!  Sigh!
  4. Cool local people who’ve happily ignored you for years start hosting parties and ask you to be the guest of honour.
  5. Your favourite local coffee shop creates a special ‘express lane’ just for you, so your coffee can be served quickly.
  6. You never have to worry about not receiving Xmas or birthday cards again.
  7. You are asked to give talks at your local bookshop about how you became a famous novelist, how blogging helped improve your writing and how your Twitter addiction drove you to insanity.
  8. You are inundated with local freebies and asked to endorse your favourites. It is not long before your local butcher has a poster of you in the window, chomping on one of his pork pies, with the words ‘[enter your name, international best selling author thinks they are yum!”
  9. You are asked to switch on the town’s Christmas lights *squeal!* How exciting!
  10. Your pet is given special treatment in the town’s pet grooming salon. Sigh!

I am so excited about becoming an international best selling author – turning on the Christmas lights whilst modelling my own eyebrow treatment – sigh!

Have a fabulous Thursday!

Similarities Between Writing & Baking #MondayBlogs #Writers #AmWriting

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You would not believe the similarities between writing and baking!

Check the following out below:

  1. Some bakers plan their cake making projects with military precision. They stick rigidly to the recipe and put in hours of ingredient preparation. Whilst others stare at the food cupboard, listen to the gurgle of their gut and chuck in any ingredient that takes their fancy. This is just like the writing world; some writers plan their stories in great detail, weave intricate plot threads and write pages of detailed notes. Whilst others stare at a crack in the wall, drink some strong coffee and then start writing about whatever pops into their head.
  2. Some bakers will get frustrated during the baking process; their cake won’t rise properly or some of their ingredients might curdle at the wrong moment. These bakers are left either staring blankly into the oven window or collapse in a teary heap on the kitchen floor. Some writers get frustrated during the writing process as plots don’t go to plan and characters fail to come to life. These writers are left staring blankly at their draft or sat in a tear-stained heap on the floor.
  3. Some bakers like to boast about their cake creations and some writers like to shout about their literary masterpieces.
  4. It is amazing what pretty and colourful icing can hide in the baking world. It is surprising what attractive and fancy book covers can hide in the literary world.
  5. Bakers can spend hours working on a cake and frustratingly the only feedback they will get from a taster is ‘thanks!’.  Writers face a similar problem; they can spend days, weeks, months or years on a draft and frustratingly the only feedback they will get from a reader is ‘it was alright!’
  6. Bakers can put together their cake batter, pour it into the cake tin and realise, as they are putting it in the oven, that they are missing one key ingredient. Writers can relate to this as they will hammer out 70k+ words and just as they are preparing to send it off for submission realise that they have missed out one vital part of their plot.
  7. Some bakers will spend more time looking for cake making inspiration on Pinterest and Instagram than they do on baking. Some writers will spend more time looking for writing inspiration on Pinterest and twitter than they do on writing.
  8. There are some bakers who must have ‘baking Jedi skills’ as they produce the most amazing cakes rendering their tasters and other bakers speechless. There are some writers who must have ‘writing Jedi skills’ as they produce wonderful stories leaving their readers and other writers lost for words.
  9. Baking takes years of practice and experience. So does writing!
  10. Bakers can experience emotional highs and lows with their passion; some days they feel like a domestic goddess by baking delicious and wonderful plates of cakes. Other days they hate baking so much they turn out a rack of miserable looking buns and tearfully shove them in the bin…still warm.  Writers can relate to changing emotional states. Some days a writer can feel like the next J.K. Rowling with their literary creation and some days they will hate the sight of their draft so much they will also tearfully shove it in the bin…still warm!

 As it is my birthday today I thought I would do a cake based post.

Happy birthday to me 🙋🏼

Have a wonderful day!

Useful Harry Potter Spells For Writers #SundayBlogShare #Writerslife #writer

 

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Being a writer is tough!  On my blog I am looking at ways in which a writer’s life could be made easier.

Following on from my post ‘Useful Super Powers For Writers’ I thought it would be cool to look at some useful spells for writers, which could transform their creative life.

As I adore Harry Potter I have to use J.K. Rowling’s spells for this post.

For noting: a writer would need a magical wand for these spells and may need to have studied at Hogwarts but that’s just low-level detail.

So, here are the spells from Harry Potter, that I think would be really useful for writers:

  1. Cheering Charm. This clever spell causes the person upon whom the spell was cast to become happy and contented. Heavy-handedness with the spell may cause the person to break into an uncontrollable laughing fit. The writer could cast this spell on a stern looking editor  who is about to give them some crushing feedback. With a flick of the writer’s wand the writer could make their editor start to laugh and giggle. Can you imagine turning an editor’s frown upside down? Yay!
  2. Imperio (Imperius Curse).  This cheeky spell causes the victim of the curse to obey the spoken/unspoken commands of the caster. With a swish of the writer’s wand the literary agent or publisher would say ‘yes!’ straight away. The clever writer could even use their Imperio spell to magic up some publisher generosity with their advance and royalty payments too!  Thanks to this spell the writer could have published books and a healthy bank balance – sigh!
  3. Obscuro. This handy little spell causes a blindfold to appear over the victim’s eyes and would be really valuable for a writer. Imagine the writer’s mother is reading their draft and is a page away from a steamy romance scene. No writer wants their mother to raise her eyebrows and shake her head in disapproval at a naughty bit that they have written. With a tap of their wand the writer could cast this spell and sneakily turn over a couple of pages whilst their mother is plunged into darkness. 
  4. Slug Vomiting Charm. This AMAZING spell causes a jet of green light to strike the victim, who then vomits slugs for an undefined period of time (greater than five hours). Writers could use this spell on haters, readers who give 1 star reviews or anyone who says anything naughty (justified or unjustified) about their writing or grammar! 
  5. Silencio (Silencing Charm). This wonderful spell silences something immediately. A writer could flick their wand and silence a loved one who is busy complaining about the state of the house / lack of housework duties from the writer. 
  6. Obliteration Charm. This handy spell removes things not wished to be seen again. With a flick of their wand the writer could remove things they never want to see again like pesky typos, annoying grammar issues, badly worded paragraphs or dull characters. Editing would be a delight with this spell and writers would be busy tweeting #obliteratingmytypos and #lovingeditingwithspells
  7. Obliviate (Memory Charm). This special little spell is used to hide a memory of a particular event. OMG this would be really useful for a writer!  They could hide all bad memories relating to their writing. There would be no more dwelling on receiving a rejection or having a sleepless nights about some criticism that they have received. Writers could just move on with their creative lives. Sigh!
  8. Colloportus. This useful spell magically locks doors and this could be really valuable for a writer with noisy and needy loved ones. With a swish of their wand they could magically lock the door of the room they are writing in and…hey presto – peace and quiet!
  9. Refilling Charm. This amazing spell refills whatever drink was originally in the container. Just imagine how useful this would be for a writer in the middle of a late night writing session who has run out of coffee or even wine *whimper*  With a flick of their wand the writer’s glass could be magically refilled with that pleasant and refreshing Sauvignon Blanc…
  10. Accio (Summoning Charm). This cheeky spell is useful for summoning objects. An exhausted writer could be sat at their writing desk and in need of something sugary to help keep their creative energy levels topped up. They are too weary to get up off their chair and go into the kitchen, so they flick their wand and…..happily summon a bar of chocolate or a doughnut from the cake box. It would just magically appear in front of them – squeal!

With these useful spells our creative life would be filled with lucrative publishing contracts, cheerful editors, wine glasses that magically keep refilling and annoying typos that just disappear!! OMG this would be like literary paradise..

Why didn’t my parents send me to Hogwarts?

If you fancy reading something else on the subject of magic – check out my post on why being a writer feels like something out of Harry Potter…

Click on the image and I will magic you there..

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Have a wonderful Sunday all🙂

This list was really useful and helped me put this post together.