Guest posting on Voice 9

 

I was approached by Voice 9 to write an article for their site. The topic was “Authors in the shade of the pandemic situation.” The point was to talk about creative writing during this crisis. The article came out this past Monday. 

This is what I came up with.

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I’ve told myself often that there’s just not enough time to work on the aspects of writing.

To those who are in this field you know there is writing the book, editing, revising and recycle the process. After that you have to find a publisher or publish it yourself, market it and gosh just so much more.

Than the pandemic started. People in my state in the US were required to stay home. So, my family was home with me, all day and night.

Yay!

But now my meetings with writers, trips to the bookstore and other activities were restricted. I to this day just go to the grocery stores, the doctors and very few other places. My church is streaming so I don’t go to church in the literal sense.

This gave me time. Time that I never could count on before.

I been able to finish volume four to my Jasper, Amazon parrot series and finish round one of edits. I been able to reach out to ask bloggers to review my books, to interview me and to do guest post. Something I knew I had to do but time was not on my side.

What has come from that is a radio interview out of England, some lovely reviews, some lovely interviews and my first guest post on a blog. I been able to maintain the pace since I am home majority of the time just due to circumstances.

Yet, time has also given me insight into the world around me from what I see on the news, the radio and in articles. It’s motivated me to want to write about the conditions that I am seeing play out.

But write about what exactly? How do I choose just one topic over another? I’m not sure. The issues at hand are large in their own right. If I can use my ability to write and spread it through my platform could I make an impact? Would I just anger people? It seems my country has been angry this entire year. Frankly, I don’t blame those who are. I’m angry as well at what I’m seeing.

I would like to try and write on what I’m experiencing. This time in our lives needs to be recorded. Perhaps if it helps just one person it would be worth it. If nothing else, I have the time now to do it.

The article is here:

https://voice9eng.wordpress.com/2020/09/27/authors-in-the-shade-of-pandemic-situation/?fbclid=IwAR1ssMjw8Tu88jVZOUqEjm6qty9S9Fun4thwmHJfLMyPkUll0DINTy9ipHM

 

 

Do you belong to a tribe of writers?

 

Being a writer is a solitary profession. If you can find a writing group locally it is a huge burst of camaraderie.

Writing groups are wonderful. Many places have them through the library, bookstores and coffee shops, For those not fortunate to have one in your area check online. If that is not an option, why not trying starting one of your own? I have formed three in my area to date. It has given me the confidence in my writing, time with similarly like minded people and it has improved my writing in a way I could not have done on my own.

To be around other writers who feel and think like you is massive. Especially when you have family members or friends who think little of what you are doing. The only one who truly gets the hard work, effort and time one puts into one book is another writer.

You also get more eyes on your WIP which is huge. They will find loopholes, time versus show issues, grammar issues, plot problems and just so many more. Now, they are not to be taken for the replacement of an editor. But it can get your manuscript in better shape than before you joined.

So, don’t go it alone. It is just so much more fun and advantageous when you are chilling with those who get you.

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.

The Musings of A New Englander