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October 14, 2019 What is your preferred method of writing? (By hand, on a computer, dictate it?) Somewhere – and I can’t tell you exactly where because I don’t know – I have…

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Open Book Blog Hop – 14th October   2 comments

Stevie Turner

Hi all.  This is a scheduled post this week, as I’m currently away.  The topic today is:

What is your preferred method of writing? (by hand, on a computer, dictate it?)

I usually outline the plot in longhand in a notebook first, where I also add details about all the characters.  I find this helps if I become stuck with the story or can’t remember hair colour/eye colour etc, as I can then read my notes and know where to go next.

Once the plot has been put on paper, then it’s time to type each chapter up on the computer.  I have an 8.5 x 5.5 template that I type straight on to.  I used to type the story just in  Word, but now I use the template.  It saves on formatting bills.  I never used to be able to line up all the page numbers properly on Word, but…

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It Works for Me   9 comments

What is your preferred method of writing? (By hand, on a computer, dictate it?)

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I do what works for me

Well, I can start by saying my least favorite method of writing is dictation. There is something about hearing my voice without a response by another human that just feels bogus. It might have something to do with my characters telling me their stories in their own voices. I “hear” Shane’s voice as deep and lush while his brother Cai is a bit higher. When I go to dictate it, it doesn’t sound like their voices and so I feel like I’m making stuff up.

When I first started writing, computers required an air craft hangar to house them, so of course, I wrote long hand because there really wasn’t another way to do it. My stepfather gave me my first typewriter when I was in high school. Still there are some forms of writing that I still prefer to do long-hand. I keep a journal that is spiral bound steno pads, for example. I write poetry very rarely and very badly and I do it long-hand almost every time. Some of my more poetic narratives have started out long-land. I also carry a notebook with me when I am out-of-doors, so that I can jot thoughts down when the mood strikes me. I enjoy writing long-hand. It feels more hands-on and creative.

I trained to be a professional writer – a journalist — and journalists have, for about a century, been taught copy-writing on typewriters. So early in my career I learned to compose writing raw using my 10 fingers. To me, that feels like I’m working and, as I am a professional author now, I use the method that makes me feel like a professional.

Practical Choice

Pragmatically, it’s a huge waste of time to write narrative long-hand and then transcribe it to the computer. When I was a reporter, I would take some minimal notes and then type the article raw on a typewriter. Personal computers were just coming into the newsroom when I bailed for a job that paid actual money. But the habit of mostly writing by typing had already taken hold of me. It’s efficient. It eliminates a step. It makes editing quicker and easier. It saves paper, which saves money. I can send it to other people without having to make a copy of it. It gets around my legible, but not very pretty handwriting. It is much faster since this former transcriptionist can type way faster than I can think, so typing on a computer doesn’t slow me down at all. For a whole lot of practical reasons, typing into the computer is my preferred method — unless I am writing something where the creative juices don’t want to flow that way, and then I do long-hand — rarely these days.

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Open Book Blog Hop – 7th October   2 comments

Stevie Turner

This week’s topic is:

Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?

Yes, of course I read all reviews I receive.  However, I am of the opinion that you cannot please all the readers all the time, and so I expect to receive some reviews that are not so favourable.  

If I receive a good review of four or five stars, first of all I’ll thank the reviewer.  Then I’ll add it to my website, send a tweet about it, and generally promote the review on my other social media sites.

If the review is one or two stars, I will leave it alone.  The worst thing to do is leave a comment or show online that I’m affected by it.  The reviewer may be a troll hoping I’ll comment so that they can immediately start a nasty conversation and bring in several…

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Posted October 7, 2019 by aurorawatcherak in Uncategorized

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October 7, 2019

Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?

 I’ll tell you a little secret, although it’s not so much of a secret because this is far from the first time I’ve gone on about the topic. I’m not a fan of reviews as a reader. When I open a book, I’m going on an adventure, and I’d prefer to not have that adventure tainted with somebody else’s opinions, good or bad. So largely, I ignore reviews.

But as a writer, I know that reviews can be the breath of life for our books. Reviews, especially for the unknown author, are a doorway that tell readers if it’s safe to step into the house. Will there be a fire to keep warm? Food to energize? A bed or at least a comfy chair to find comfort in?

For now, I read…

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Dry Those Writer Tears: Dealing with Reviews   Leave a comment

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Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?

Ah, book reviews. They can send an author’s heart soaring or sink it like a stone into a deep abyss of despair.  Because a writer is often intimately connected to their works, reviews can have a substantial impact on the creative process.

I have warned new authors to be mindful of the effects reviews have on them, particularly negative ones:

All authors get negative reviews. Reading is subjective. There will always be at least one reader who doesn’t like something about a book, and some will express it in reviews. A lot of new authors are simply not ready for people to express any level of dislike.

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