Can you imagine if your imagination was used against you? I have written a large number of murder stories, I would be in a lot of trouble. Recently I read, a story Amanda Knox published in college was used as a sign of her criminal mind in her murder trial. The story was about date rape. What if this happened to all writers? The truth is luckily few of us with have our stories used as evidence in a murder trial. However, to be successful there needs to be elements of truth behind what we write, to make it authentic. Even if you are a fantasy writer, this matters. You need to write authentic characters, that resonate with your readers.
It is true what they say, social media is an addiction. The less time I spend on there, the less time I wanted to spend on there. I didn’t miss waiting for the comments and likes. I have to say, there was a feeling of liberation. Slowly it is creeping back in, but I will resist. This gave me the time, over Christmas and New Year, to reflect on my progress and writing. I also spent some quality time with my family and wrote a considerable amount of my crime novel.
There is a phenomenon of Twitter and Instagram that is driving me mad. The number of men that DM me. So what causes random men to want to chat to women they don’t know. Many of them are married. They may be lonely, but Twitter, as far as I know, isn’t a dating site.
Last year I wanted to diversify my writing. I thought I would try writing erotic fiction. Officer Harlan was my first attempt at erotica, it received some brilliant feedback. Over two thousand views in a month. Strangely few people wanted to clap for it and admit they had read erotica. It reminds me of the time 50 Shades was released, kindle sales doubled. No one fancied being caught on the train reading that. As a writer, who is also a teacher the problem with producing erotica was that my students may see it. Although, for many, if they had read it, that would have been the first thing they had read. Still, I couldn’t take the chance, so I used a pen name. I didn’t just use the pen name for this one article. I used it for other articles and Quora. Many writers speak about the benefits of answering questions on Quora. I hated it and deleted it within a week.
For the last couple of months, I have struggled with negativity. Every hurdle I have met, in setting up my new business, has hit me hard. I worry about money and whether I can keep my families roof over their head. In all honesty, things are not that bad. If they don’t improve over the … Continue reading How a Positive Mindset Can Help You Achieve
Since I started writing I have been amazed at the advice and support I have received from others. Writers who are well established never worry about you taking readers from them. Instead, they support you, answer your questions and share their experience. The advice has always helped a great deal, not only with my writing career but personally.
At the end of last year, I decided to try something different. I have been involved in many group articles, such as the 40 things I love and 40 things I hate. You know the type I suppose the more mature writer, would call them chain letters. I have had great fun with all of … Continue reading Writing Friendships Are an Essential Part of a Writer’s Life.