How grateful are you to those who read your work? How do you show that gratefulness? Do you do a free give away? Shout their name on social media? Or do you help them to achieve what they are trying to reach for in life? I try to do some of those things, to connect with my readers/listeners by including them in conversation with blog posts and YouTube. But more and more, as I become the writer and paid author I am working to become, things will change up a bit. I'll still be engaging, but listeners will evolve into fans more than peers.
Perhaps updates and happenings for fans who read my novels and such. Or just things that are going on and my views. But peers can still hang and network, find new fans interested in their work and such. And of course I'll want to get the opinions of those around me. So some things won't change. But change is inevitable. The great success is still a bit off, unless some profound mirical happens and I'm signed somewhere within the …
Objects and places have a way of influencing art. They can inspire the best in us.
Sometimes I drive into work and I see this burned out sort of house thing that is propped up on stilts, just off the West Side Highway. The stilts protrude from the water. I believe around 90th street.
It’s strange. But looking at this structure, I can see a story, characters. A recluse vampire, or a being who does not want to be seen by the public.
I don’t have to write the story down to feel it inside, as though it has taken place. That character is waiting there, hiding within, behind the doorway, peeking out now and again. He/she is waiting for me to flesh out their tale.
I can see it all, now to just get it on paper the way I witness it in my mind, so readers can see it the same way.
Not too easy, but it’s possible.
Though, isn’t it funny how just looking at something, or being somewhere specific can bring these feelings and visuals to you? They scream out to tell the story they invoke. The characters c…
Midweek. We’re almost there. I’ve been seeing a lot of conversation about what pen is being used to write with. You don’t have to be a writer of fiction to enjoy a great pen. Some love colors, some just a fine point. Some are for artists who draw comics or graphic novel. Personally, I love a fine point. The artists pens, the ones used for comic book drawing, come to mind.
Michael’s sells these. .3 was so good. The only thing is you really can’t press too hard or else you'll end up ruining the pen. Plus there is a bit of fatigue because it rubs on the paper a bit.
Right now my pen of choice is the Pilot G-TEC-C4. Supposedly I think it comes from Japan. I can only get it on Amazon. Not too expensive.
I write so much that I need to take breaks every 30 seconds because my hand starts to cramp.
My mind doesn’t like this slow down at times, and I’m in a situation where I’m torturing myself by pushing along.
And typing is appealing, don’t get me wrong, I love to type, as well. But writing b…