reading and ignoranceHi ho, hi ho, it’s of to write I go.  You never know where your inspiration will come from. Go people watching and find your next great character.

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tea and booksOk, so I’m busy trying to write but wanted to touch base with my writing friends. You never know where your inspiration will come from.

You’ve heard me mention my friend and fellow author, Betty Thomason Owens. She is an author who lives in Louisville and has written several books that I have enjoyed. Her Legacy series began with Amelia’s Legacy which is on sale today for Kindle. The second book in the series is Carlotta’s Legacy (available on Amazon).

bettyI finished reading the book on Sunday. The story takes you on an enchanting journey of living life during a difficult time in world history and learning what true love can mean.

Please check it out.

Karen

Ok, so I’m busy trying to write but wanted to touch base with my writing friends.

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Betty is a friend of mine who has mentored and encouraged me greatly this year. Her books are well written and completely enjoyable to read.

Betty Thomason Owens

You barely know what you’re doing. Walking up to the front desk or table, you sign in. Newby WriterSomeone hands you a few things you’re too nervous to look at, including a name badge that you promptly drop.

You’ve just arrived at your first writers conference and you haven’t a clue what comes next.

Following the drone of voices, you find yourself in a room filled with excited people. Many of them smile at you and introduce themselves. Business cards exchange hands. This will happen often during the conference, so keep yours handy.

After whatever opening ceremonies your conference offers, the keynote speaker is introduced. He or she encourages and challenges you. Sometimes they make you laugh. Often, they share their horror stories about how they got their start. Bungling, novice writers, swimming against the current. Somehow making it through all the jumble. It’s hard, hard work! But it’s worth it…

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Last year, I heard a published author say that she never reads books. All she does is write. I immediately marked her off as an ugly dog booksauthor that I will read. How can writers not read other authors? It’s arrogant to think at any point we don’t need to learn from other works. Her statement was so unbelievable that I couldn’t forget it. I’ve tried to look at it from other perspectives trying to understand the rationale. I even tried it. I went two months without reading other authors to see if that spurred me on to novel completion. It didn’t.

Reading other authors helps me understand what I like and don’t like about certain styles of writing. It also gives me ideas about transitions, escalating plots, resolution and the ever-present quandary of showing not telling.

You’ve heard the quote, “never trust a skinny chef.” I’m wondering if we should trust a non-reading writer?

Your thoughts.

Karen

 

bumper stickers2Sitting in traffic behind this car I was flooded with writing ideas. Which one of my characters would drive this car? Did they add the stickers or did they come on the car? How can a person believe in all of these causes at once? Or was each one the belief of the month? What if this car was in a wreck, could they separate the damage from the mangled bumper stickers? What does the driver look like? Are they young? Are they old? Clean-cut or sloppy?

You decide.