An author never wants to hear the word Rejected. After spending what may have been many years, working on a manuscript, being told your novel has been rejected can affect your self-esteem and confidence. Many writers begin to question their ability, labeling themselves as failures, not good enough, a bad writer or I don’t have what it takes.
Some will toss their manuscript in a closet, out of mind, out of sight until they find the courage to re-submit it to another publisher. Others sadly will quit writing altogether. The pain was just too much and they don’t want to experience it again.
Weekly writing prompts – This weeks theme – ROMANCE – Be creative
Why use prompts?
Prompts are a great way to explore different writing methods, practice our weaker fields, conquer writer’s block or just think outside the box. They help you to write about different subject matter, explore your creativity and Stimulate your mind. Many times when using prompts, they can become the beginning of a great story that you never realized you had in you. You will be surprised with what you can come up with if guided by a prompt. Continue reading “Weekly Writing prompts – theme ROMANCE”→
I received the 1st round of editing on my manuscript back from the publisher a few weeks ago, (Yes I said 1st. There will be more.) I now have the grueling task of spending many hours going through it in depth, noting any additional changes I would like to make. If you want to be absolutely thorough in your editing, plan on this taking a while. Don’t expect to have it done in a week.
Weekly writing prompts This weeks theme LET THE PICTURE TELL THE STORY
Why use prompts?
Prompts are a great way to explore different writing methods, practice our weaker fields, conquer writer’s block or just think outside the box. They help you to write about different subject matter, explore your creativity and Stimulate your mind. Many times when using prompts, they can become the beginning of a great story that you never realized you had in you. You will be surprised with what you can come up with if guided by a prompt.
Welcome to this weeks writer’s prompts. This weeks theme is “LET THE PICTURE TELL THE STORY”.
5 Famous Authors Who Wrote Their First Book After 50
The saying goes: “That age is just a number.” The authors in the following list, have certainly proved that. I am 53 and about to have my debut novel “Reckless Beginnings” published. Of course, lots of silly thoughts went through my head: “You’re too old to be writing a book” “It’s too late to publish a book.” and then there was this one: “You should have written the book years ago.” I began to question myself and the dream I’ve had of being a published author.
It was at this point that I began to do some research and discovered that many famous authors were not published until in their 40’s or 50’s. Once more I smiled. If you have a dream, no matter how old you are. Pursue it! It’s never too late to start something new or begin something that you’ve been pondering over for many years. My debut novel had been an idea in my head for over 20 years before it got to this stage where it is now with the publisher and in the editing stages. I’m happy to say it will be in print by the end of the year.
These five famous authors I have listed below all had their debut novel published when they were in their fifties.
“Watership Down” was Written by English Author Richard Adams. Watership down was his 1st novel which he wrote at the age of 52. It was rejected by several publishers until it was accepted by Collings and published in 1978. The book won many awards including The Carnegie Medal and the Anual Guardian Prize. In 1978 it was adapted into an animated film also called “Watership Down: and in 1999 a TV series was launched that aired until 2001.
Angela’s Ashes: A Memoir
“Angela’s Ashes” was Written By Frank McCourt at the age of 65. Published in 1996, this was his first novel and it made him a millionaire. A memoir of his miserable childhood that went on to win the Anual Pulitzer Prize and the Anual National Books Critic Circle Awards.
Little House In The Big Woods
“Little House In The Big Woods” was written by Laura Ingalls Wilder at the young age of 65. This was the first children’s book in a series of 8 based on her childhood. The last in the series is titled “These Happy Golden Years” and was written when she was 76. The collection is now known as “A Children’s Classic Series” and the famous television show “Little House on the Prairie” which aired in the late 1980’s is loosely based on her books.
“Black Beauty” was Written by English author Anna Sewell in her early 50’s and published when she was 57. Sadly she died just six months later. It became one of the ten top bestselling books for children ever written.
Bowl Of Cherries
“Bowl Of Cherries” was written by Millard Kaufman at the very young age of 90. He began writing it when he was 86 and was published fours years later. He then went on to write his second novel “Misadventure” which was published after his death at the age of 92.
I have read all of these books, but it was a long time ago. Probably when I was in my teens and twenties Writing this list has brought back memories on what a joy they were to read. I think it’s time to rekindle some of those memories and read these books again.
It’s hard to pick a favorite but I would have to say it’s “Watership Down.” Do you have a favorite? Post your comment below.
writing prompts for writers & authors this weeks theme EMOTIONS
How it works
Welcome to this weeks 7-day writing prompts for writers. This weeks theme is all about “EMOTIONS.” Using emotions in your story adds depth to the current scene and allows the reader to identify with the character. Give reasons why the character is feeling this way prior to the actual emotion.
If a woman is feeling heart broken because of a broken relationship. Describe the relationship prior. Build up to the emotion, so the reader can relate to the way she is feeling and why.
If a person is feeling guilty. What were the previous actions? Accidental, spontaneous or deliberate. Did the character have any premeditated thoughts?
You get the idea.
When describing the emotions of a character, choose your words wisely and carefully. Emotions are best described with the usage of body language and facial expressions.
“Holding her head high, her back straight as an arrow, she walked toward the microphone owning the stage. Her stride showed confidence and power. With a warm smile, she looked directly at the audience. She showed no weaknesses. All the grueling hard work had finally prevailed and she was proud of her accomplishments. This was her moment. ”
Now that my book is completed and is currently in the editing stages, this is a question that comes to mind frequently and I’m sure other authors ask the same question. So I will give you some answers on why you should have such a party. Below I have added some Tips for holding a successful book launching party without stress. Continue reading “Tips for holding a successful book launching party”→
writing prompts for writers & authors this weeks theme RESCUES. How it works.
Welcome to this weeks 7-day writing prompts for writers. This weeks theme is all about “Rescues.” Writing about this theme is great practice for incorporating action and drama into your works. Most rescues involve suspense, anticipation, courage and most of the time a huge sigh of relief when the rescue is successful. You want to make sure the reader is feeling all of these emotions while reading your piece.
It’s hard to believe that we are halfway through the year 2017. I can’t believe it’s already August. If you’re hoping to attend a book fair this year, don’t worry there’s still time. Better yet there are 25 upcoming book fairs scheduled untill the end of the year.
Writing prompts tips for writers. Be creative. The theme this week is “All about you.” How it works.
I will be posting a 7-day calendar with challenging writing prompts for writers to help stimulate your mind and get your creative juices flowing.
Sometimes we just need a break from our current writing projects and explore other avenues of writing. Or maybe you are experiencing writer’s block.
As strange as it may seem, one of the best methods to help with writer’s block is to just write. Break yourself away from your current project and write outside the box. Explore different subject matter, avenues you have not ventured in. You will be surprised by how much it helps.