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Posted December 10, 2019 by aurorawatcherak in Uncategorized

Open Book Blog Hop – 9th December   1 comment

Stevie Turner

This week the topic is:

Interview one of your characters. Introduce them to a new audience or give existing readers new insight into their motivations.

I thought I’d interview Jill Hayes, who is one of the main characters in my new 31,000 word novella ‘Examining Kitchen Cupboards‘, a small part of which is based on my own experience whilst working in a college’s Exams department back in 1999.  The book was published on 7th December.

Stevie:  Jill, do you like your new job as an Examinations Assistant?

Jill:  No, not really.  I don’t think my boss likes me.  I can’t seem to do anything right.  And.. there’s another thing.

Stevie:  What?

Jill:  I’ve found out something.  Everyone knows it’s going on, but nobody talks about it.

Stevie:  Can you be a bit more specific?

Jill:  I’ve since been told to keep quiet and…

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Posted December 10, 2019 by aurorawatcherak in Uncategorized

Blog Hopping, Please welcome Andorra Pett.   Leave a comment

Posted December 10, 2019 by aurorawatcherak in Uncategorized

Better Now   Leave a comment

Magical World Web

December 2, 2019

What one thing would you give up to become a better writer?

Hey ya’ll!  It’s been awhile since I jumped into #OpenBook. I think I had bloggers block. But anyway, this week the topic tugged me back in.

I’m no stranger to giving things up. Such is life. Sometimes it’s horrid to give something up, while at other times it doesn’t require a second thought. I gave up certain things to be a good parent, to be a good wife. I didn’t give up all the things. I guess you could call it priorities. Some stuff stayed, and some stuff was let go. I have given up opportunities to be friends with somebody in order to be true to myself, and I don’t regret it. I have given up job opportunities in order to be home with my children, which I will never regret. The list goes…

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Posted December 3, 2019 by aurorawatcherak in Uncategorized

The Non-negotiable Writing Exchange   Leave a comment

Lyndell Williams

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What one thing would you give up to become a better writer?

For people dedicated to the craft, writing is an impactful part of their lives and identities. I mentioned in another post, “I acquired and honed skills to interpret and craft words, using a range of prose (and a tiny bit of poetry) to harness the resilient power of language for liberation and resistance.”

Endeavors to generate words can be powerful and empowering, making writing a tool and art form requiring commitment. 

Dedicated writers pick up their pens [or fire up their keyboards] to share their perspectives and stories. The better ones know that wordsmithing involves layers of composition, drafting, editing and revising—all of which require development. Only deluded writers think that their skillsets are fine and they don’t need to hone them. 

Two mistakes many new writers make are thinking that all writing is the same and…

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Posted December 2, 2019 by aurorawatcherak in Uncategorized

Open Book Blog Hop – 2nd December   1 comment

Stevie Turner

This week the topic is:

What one thing would you give up to become a better writer?

There’s actually two things that I’d give up.  The first one would be my job as a medical secretary so that I could concentrate totally on writing.  Unfortunately that’s not possible as I need to earn money like everybody else, and I currently earn more as a medical secretary than I do as a writer.  However, my main job is not half as interesting as being able to sit in peace in my own front room and write whatever comes into my head!  I must say that I’ve learned a great deal by working at the hospital though, and so it’s not all doom and gloom.

The other thing I’d give up is having a presence on social media.  Having to check various sites and promote my books is a drag, a distraction…

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Posted December 2, 2019 by aurorawatcherak in Uncategorized

Perfection Is Not an Option   13 comments

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I Had No Idea How to Answer This Prompt.

What would I give up if I could improve my writing?

I’m typically skeptical of the efficacy of sacrifice. The Bible says “Obedience is better than sacrifice; paying attention is better than the fat of rams…presumption is like the evil of idolatry.”

King Saul presumed he knew what God wanted, even though the prophet Samuel had told him to wait until he arrived to perform the sacrifice before a big battle. In time, that cost King Saul the kingdom.

So, I’m not sure I believe in giving up stuff to get something existential. Writing is part of who I am. I can’t trade anything for it. It’s something I can’t turn off. Yeah, it’s tempting to bargain with the god of writing (or even God Almighty) to give up X in order to get better at this thing that possesses me and demands I produce for it. That’s not possible. There are no magic formulas. I can only wait on my characters and God to provide me with the stories I write. There’s no giving up anything that will circumvent the process.

Then I thought, what have I ALREADY given up?

I’ve already given up a lot to be a better writer. I don’t feel like I have to give up more because — yeah, I’ve done the hard work.

Giving up my time

Good writing takes time. I spend of a part of just about every day at least composing scenes in my head – listening to my characters yammering in my head, telling me their stories. I’d be doing that anyway, but you can’t write a novel doing just that, so there are days and weeks invested in every novel I publish. Writing, staring into space waiting for what comes next, editing, looking at the plot holes and writing transition scenes my characters didn’t provide — editing some more. Writing takes a lot of time and I have invested a lot of my life into it.

Giving up my utter disdain for outlining

An outline can be a lifesaver. Just like a builder wouldn’t dream of constructing something as complex as a house without a plan, any sort of long-form writing needs organization. The simplest of outlines can save you a lot of time organizing and revising later.

Of course, my characters want to tell me their story. They aren’t interested in my silly needs. I have to let them speak first and then organize what they tell me into a better story. Not being able to organize the story at the beginning means I am committed to a more grueling revision process after I finish my rough draft. I accept that. It won’t work the other way and that’s just t

Before I embraced outlying on rewrite, I struggled to get the best product I could have. Now it’s becoming very comfortable and it has made me a better writer.

I gave up hating the sound of my work read aloud

As a part of my proof-reading and editing process, I now let my computer read my manuscript to me. Even with the robotic voice of the computer, I catch whether the sentences read smoothly. I catch the words that are wrong for that sentence, but spell check doesn’t pick up.

I gave up the impossible dream of a perfect first draft.

It’s important to write clearly and correctly. That’s a worthwhile goal. But I’ve got to get the words out first. I’ve learned to turn off the voice of perfectionism while I work on my first draft. I focus on flow instead. I run through a scene or a segment of a scene and try not to make corrections. I’ll do that later. In my case, I’ll probably read the scene again tomorrow and make those corrections. I know that’s not conventional wisdom, but it’s what works for me. Scene A might well set up Scene B, so reading and correcting Scene A is almost like setting a foundation for Scene B. By allowing the thoughts to spill onto the page without a lot of filtering, I get these interesting and artistic thoughts appearing without my having to force them. Perfect first drafts are like mythical unicorns—they exist only in our imaginations. I write first and edit later.

I (mostly) gave up needless distractions.

My smartphone lives in my coat pocket – in the arctic entryway – on a different floor from the room where I do most of my writing. Why?

I’m writing. I don’t need the phone interrupting that. I sometimes close unnecessary tabs on my laptop. You’d be surprised how clearing mental space for writing allows the words to flow. Admittedly, I don’t do it all the time. But anytime I’m in need of being focused — yeah.

Bargaining Doesn’t Work, by the way

There is a temptation in most of us to think that if we give up something, the universe or God or our muse will reward us with something we want. Go down to the crossroads and sell your soul and the Devil will give up riches or talents or the perfect family. Give up chocolate or alcohol or titillating movies or — well, whatever. Sacrifice rarely work because it is often a form of bargaining. “If I give up THAT, God, won’t you give me THAT?”

No, not usually. The sacrifices writers are called to make aren’t subject to bargaining. They’re hard work. Good writing is hours with our butts in our seats and our hands on the keyboard. It’s editing as many times as needed to get the story as good as you can make it. It’s releasing the story when it is good enough rather than when it is perfect, knowing that perfection is never possible. And, then, it is moving on to the next story because you can’t go back even if you want to.

Posted December 2, 2019 by aurorawatcherak in Uncategorized

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