Category Archives: A blog about the topics of writing

Do you have a space to write?

 

Do you have a space to call your own where you can write? Do you have a place where you can close a door and do the many aspects of writing?

I am fortunate that I do have an office with doors that can shut off the rest of the house. It is in my bird room. Yes, bird room. I been rescuing and adopting birds since 1998. Though my birds are no longer in this space when anyone in this house refers to this room it is not Sharon’s office . It is called the bird room.

It is a place for me to have space for my books on writing which can be extensive if one is not careful. I have space for file cabinets. It has space for two huge bookcases to load my favorite authors and new ones, to me, for me to check out.

It has my cork board and a nice size calendar to note when I need to put up a blog post, when I need to send out information through my author’s platform, deadlines on interviews, reviews and the likes.

Now while all one needs is paper and pen, tablet or a laptop to write, having a space to spread out is amazing. I can shut out the world, turn on some good music, have a glass or sweet ice tea or Pepsi and go for it.

The bottom line is I hope you have a space, regardless how it is defined, to write and do the magic you do when you create your WIP. A place that makes you sing internally, and maybe externally, and gets you excited to write.

I was just interviewed by a radio station: Out of England

This past Tuesday I was interviewed via Skype for a radio program out of England. It was not very long. But it gave me a chance to talk about my brand and myself.

It was a great opportunity to practice speaking about myself in this format.

I was nervous, excited and than I went back to being nervous. The interviewer, Ron, was a delight and helped me get over the butterflies I had. Within minutes it was over but in a short time it was like I was talking to a friend.

They thought I was awesome. Their words. I have been asked if I would like to come back in October to which I happily agreed.

Me? Agree to go back?

I rode this bike once so maybe that is why it was easy to say yes.

I am at 33 minutes and 29 seconds into the program. Give it a listen. Hopefully I don’t sound like a total doofus. LOL

https://soundcloud.com/ian-johnson-75/tuesday-4th-august-tuesdays-evening-late-show-6pm-856pm-uk-time-part-1

Prefixes: Do you write them for your books?

I am not a fan of prefixes in a book. I normally will go to page one of a novel. Than I became a hypocrite and tried to write one for one of my books. It did not fare well for me or for people who read it.

I picked up a book on writing I received from a friend for my birthday. I was impressed, to a certain degree, how long the prefix. It was 37 pages. Seriously, 37 pages is what this author wrote.

I thought of reading it but left it alone. Sadly I have read books where the prefixes have been longer. Is there a need to write such a long one? What is the point? The goal?

On occasions I have read prefixes when they have been under 10 pages but that is not the norm for me.

As I write this post I decided to skim the book to see what was mentioned. I didn’t get too far.

To date it has never interrupted my love of reading or understanding any book when I have skipped to page one.

I understand the point of a prefix, I do. I just don’t get why a whole chapter, or in some cases two, of text is needed before a novel of fiction.