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A Writer’s New Day

Posted: November 26, 2014 by Cat Reyes in Stories
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Amelia stared at her computer screen, its dim glow illuminating her face as she struggled to find the words that would satisfy her. A cursor blinked lazily on the left side of the page, a beacon of temptation. But not just any words would do, they had to be the right words to convey the story she envisioned in its glaring detail.

For her, writing was as necessary as breathing. A pull of something that was constant in the back of her mind, begging her to write an extra word here or there, to make up the lines of a story half-remembered, or long forgotten. She lived to write and dreamed of ideas. Her characters danced pirouettes in her head; all whispering the sweet nothings of their stories in her mind’s ear.

Her skin crawled with the need to fill the blank page that mocked her, demanding her attention. Her coffee sat cooling on the desk next to the keyboard, every once in a while sending a vague draft of its warm odor to her nose, a reminder of its presence.

Fear began to well, joining with her need: the beginnings of panic. She had to write. But what to say? There were so many words; words that described an item differently to each person who saw it. Words echoed in her head, all evoking a line of thought until she thought she couldn’t handle any more. But still they came. The color of the monitor, the screen within, all yearning to have their words heard. Still, characters swam by her mind’s eye, desperately seeking her attention and more, her approval.

Music blared in Amelia’s ears, a loud cacophony, not meant to draw her attention but to define the mood in which she could write if she could find the words. A soft, elaborate waltz of notes invaded her ears, almost bringing tears to her eyes as she thought of knights fallen in battle, women waiting for their soldier’s return, and death itself in his endless search of companionship.

Death, like her, wanted perfection. That fundamental need to express the world in a way that all could understand and agree with. Death’s need was for the perfect companion, to share lost nights with, as he paced the earth in search of souls too old for their bodies. She needed the story that told what she felt, the words of her characters as they needed them described.

Finally, unable to find what she sought. She turned the monitor off with a harsh motion of her hand. Embittered tears trickle down her cheeks at the face of her failure.

A sip of coffee and the doorbell rings. So begins the new day.

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There is an interview round robin going on every Thursday that is cool, I guess. Basically, on Thursday, someone interviews themselves and posts it to their blog then nominates three other writers with blogs to do their own interviews. The first writer links up the next three writers and on down the line like a pyramid. The idea behind it is to drive traffic to other blogs. I think that this would have been a really awesome idea if we were to post other author interviews on our blogs rather than our own, but hey, I didn’t make up the rules. I also chose not to nominate someone else because I felt that people should do this if they want to do so, not because someone nominated them to. So if you decide to do your own interview, feel free to send me a link so I can 1) go read it, and 2) link it up to my account. The person that nominated me is a good friend, James Hoke, who recently published his first fantasy book: Twins 1: The Ark Brothers which is available for purchase at Amazon.com in both hardcover and kindle editions.

So on to my interview…

1. What are you working on?

I am working on a teen paranormal novel series with vampires, werewolves, zombies and few other creatures that go bump in the night. I recently completed a novel about a girl who has to survive a zombie apocalypse.

2. How does your work differ from others of its genre?

For the zombie apocalypse book, it deviates because it focuses on teens instead of adults. Its the only teen zombie apocalypse novel that I know of. As far as the novel series, its not much different from what has been done before, just a new twist on old story-lines.

3. Why do you write what you do?

I have always been fascinated with things that go bump in the night and have been writing “horror” stories since I was 9 years old. My favorite story when I was really young was “Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving. While most girls my age played Cinderella, I played the Headless Horseman. It has always been in my blood, I guess.

4. How does your writing process work?

Well, like any story, it begins with an idea. The idea could be a plot-line, a character, a scene, or even a setting. Then I sit on it and let it flow through my mind while I tweak, arrange, rearrange, mold, shape, reject, and sift through concepts that come with the original idea. After a while, the story itself starts to form in my head and that is when I begin to write. Often, I have no idea where the story is going, but I feel that in this way, the characters have a better chance of coming alive in my mind. Plus, I have found that if I know the ending, I feel like I am forcing the characters to do things that they wouldn’t normally do. Anyway, I continue writing until the end, then do my revisions. That is pretty much it. And each story is different. For one story, I might start at the beginning, but for another, I might start with a scene that comes closer to the middle.

Thank you for reading. Again, if you decide to interview yourself and would like me to read and link up to your interview, feel free to contact me. 🙂

I was reminded that I haven’t yet posted an introduction here. My apologies for the oversight. It wasn’t intentional.

To begin with, I’m Cat’s dad. I’m also a writer, currently focusing on informational articles that cover a wide range of interests. I also do quite a bit of editing of articles written by other writers (which definitely doesn’t mean that my own won’t have errors in them).

Most of my professional training is for either computer software technology or restaurant management and operations. The two aren’t very similar, but it just worked out that way.

When I’m not writing and editing, I’m likely to be out in the garden, out fishing or out camping. All of these are interests and I write about all of them on occasion. Other articles tend to be about wild animals and care, owing to the fact that I’ve been rehabilitating wild animals for nearly a half century. It wouldn’t be understating it to say that I have a keen interest in wild animals. This is something Cat has inherited and she is quite knowledgeable in regard to animal care, though she might deny it.

The first 12 years of my life were spent at Crater Lake National Park in Oregon. The love of animals probably came from that experience. For those who aren’t familiar with the park, it is a mountain national park with beautiful vistas, lots of plants and a huge number of wild animals. It also gets plenty of snow. There is usually snow on the ground about nine months out of the year and in the middle of winter, it is quite common for there to be snow banks in excess of 10 feet (over three meters).

I learned survival from an early age and that included snow survival, survival in the woods and plant lore. I took survival courses and also ended up teaching survival. Being an herbalist and in keeping with also being a survivalist, it is wonderful to learn about new plants that can be eaten or used for medicinal purposes. In fact, when we do get to go out camping, I like to supplement meals with wild fare, including mushrooms. (Yummy!)

I agreed to help keep a watch on Cat’s pages because she is going to college and working, too. My writing brings in a bit, but her income is the most that comes into the household, so I’m hoping that this relieves a bit of the pressure that is on her right now.

Incidentally, very little of my writing is first person, though this introduction is almost entirely FPS.

It is nice to meet everyone, and please don’t be afraid to say hello, ask questions or to make suggestions.

Here are some prompts for writers. These prompts are somewhat for blogs, but can be used for any purpose, such as journaling, or creating a non-fiction or fictional piece. I sometimes use the journalling prompts to help me get to know a character that I am having trouble with. Mel from Cleopatra’s Journals, has a couple journal entries, for example. Feel free to check out these sites for ideas:
600 Brilliant Blog Post Ideas

Free Download: 365 Daily Writing Prompts

Free Picture Download: 31 Blog Post Ideas for January

Another 31 Writing Prompts for January 2014

52 Things to Post About 

Never Run Out of Ideas

101+ Content Ideas for Your Blog

16 Blog Prompts

25 Blog Ideas for the Uninspired

 
Some other Tips

Jane Friedman has some wonderful tips on everything from publishing your book to blog post ideas.

Self-Publishing Basics

Promotion Checklist for Marketing Your E-book

Maximizing Digital Book Sales

Pricing Your E-book

How to be a Successful Blogger 

 

Books that I tend to rely on for ideas:

Writer’s Book of Days

The Daily Writer

The Emotion Thesaurus (Weird choice, I know. But try choosing one of the emotions and writing a piece that uses everything listed about that emotion. Rule: You can’t use any one thing more than once. It’s kinda fun and a really nice challenge.)

This post is for anyone who wants to be a writer. I know even popular, published writers have issues with grammar and being in college is making me even more highly aware of grammar confusion. You may not think so, but these links should be in all writers’ bookmarks!

20 Common Grammar Mistakes That (Almost) Everyone Makes

Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing

GrammarBook.com

Purdue Writing Lab

Grammar Monster

I will add more links as I go – in an effort to help many writers in their editing processes!

New Contest: From the So Write Website.

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