As a writer do you try to hog the whole show? Are you unwilling to cross-post with another author? Are you unwilling to interview someone and place it on your website, unwilling to read another person’s book and review it or unwilling to give anyone else space on your page giving them the spotlight instead of you?
If you haven’t figure out by now writing is a solitary job. The only time it is a team effort as far as actually writing it is when you are collaborating with another writer to write a book together. Helping another writer out doesn’t diminish what you write or take away your spot as an author. By sharing with each other we learn plus who knows we may get more hits or more noticed by helping another writer out.
From the authors I know online I been blessed that it is a co-op situation with us helping each other. Sadly the people I know in real life are too busy pushing themselves out there that a/ it’s all about them and b/ even when they talk to you it is all about them with rarely a mention in asking how I am doing. True, some do ask but they are the exception.
I use to think this way not willing to give up space, thought or time. But that doesn’t get anyone much anywhere. And while this space on the web hasn’t shown it in a bit I use to do just that with the interviews, the cross-post and the reblog. I need to get back to doing that.
You gotta be careful when you are out in public and writing, especially when you are with other writers discussing different scenes.
Three of my writer friends met with me at a local Chinese restaurant. After sitting down we started talking about our craft. My friend Gina, who was next to me, started to discuss a death scene. She mentioned how the man was in a tub full of chemicals that would dissolve a body. This was before Breaking Bad had this very same scene folks.
Looking at her, and not realizing or paying attention most likely to who was around me, I told her that it all depended on the size and weight of the man and what chemical she was using for if she was not using the right amount or the right chemical she would have a hot mess.
My friend Adrianne started to say, “Guys, lower your voices.”
We ignored her and continued. I told my friend Gina that if she used the wrong chemical there could be a chance it would eat through the tub and the floor and it would fall to the first floor.
Again, my friend Adrian said, “Guys, lower your voices,” as she pointed to her right.
Again good ole me ignored her and continued. As I did so I just happened to look over. Sitting next to us were four officers, two of which were listening to me.
We quickly explained we were writers, honest, and was discussing a scene. I continued to tell them that my degreed was in Chemistry to which they smiled. But we quickly moved on to a different topic.
So now I need to carry a sign like the one above. #Writerproblems
A few months back I wrote my first death scene. Before I go any further this book is for YA and up. People know me for my Jasper series which is a children’s series. But I do write in YA and adult as well just the Jasper series was the first ones out.
When I wrote this scene, the death one, it just flowed. I am not sure if I read to many mystery and action books or just watch too much TV but it didn’t take me long to write close to 1000 words on this. It did scare me when I giggled upon finishing. Either that was due to me actually writing it, how it seemed effortless or perhaps that it made me nervous how much fun I had doing it. As someone who has written children’s book it was an odd experience. But what was fun was when I told other authors about this experience and how they laughed with me at my glee. #Writersgetme
I lost nine characters during the fight. I guess I was making up for lost time. I have yet to develop the scene fully and unsure where it will show up in this WIP but I’m hoping it progresses the storyline to the reader.
If it is this much fun doing this kind of writing Jasper volume 4 and 5 may be written much later so I can explore this one more fully.