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General Questions about Writing



Volume and Content of Writing


The Nature of Writing

Q.: WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS?              A.:  I HAVE A LOT OF BOOKS FEOM YOUTH THAT I AM FIND OF LIKE THE BERNSTEIN BEARS, BABAR THE ELEPHANT, SWEET VALLEY HIGH, BEVERLY CLEARY MYSTERIES. PERSONALITY WISE AND CONTEMPORWRY AUTHORS I WOULD SAY NEIL GAIMAN.      

Q.:  WHEN WILL YOU BEGIN HAVING BOOK SIGNINGS?                                                                    A.:  BOOK SIGNINGS ARE A COMPLEX ENDEAVOUR FOR SEASONED AUTHORS. WE HAVE REPRESENTATION, NEGOTIATIONS FOR SPACES, DECIDING THE BEST LOCATION AND REQUEST FOR ALLOCATED TIME AND COSIIDERATIONS FOR THE LAG OF TIME IN BETWEEN UNTIL THE NEXT ONE AND WHERE (LOGISTICS) I AM REPRESENTED BY *PRINCE WILLIAM ARTHUR LOUIS PHILIP MOUNTBATTEN WINDSOR OF THE CROW OF THE UNITED KINGDOM. HE IS ALSO MY GUARDIAN IN FACT.* YOU CAN VISIT THIS WEBSITE UNDER THE MENU OPTION 'CONTACT' FOR SNAIL MAIL CORRESPONDENCE TO SEND TO PRINCE WILLIAM REGARDING MY LITERARY WORK. SPECIFIC NEEDS AND MATTERS MUST BE ADDRESS BEFORE WE CAN PARTICIPATE AND HOST SUCH EXCITING EVENTS. THE ANSWER FOR NOW IS AMBIGUOUS, BUT CONTINUE TO REVISIT MY WEBSITE FOR UPDATES.

Q.:     HOW AND WHEN SHOULD AUTHORS USE A PEN NAME OR PSEUDONYM?                                 A.: ANONYMITY IS SUCH A RECURRING ISSUE FOR AUTHORS. AS MOST OF US ARE NATURALLY INTROVERTS, WE TEND TO SHY AWAY FROM AND SOMETIMES WHOLY REJECT BEING IN PUBLIC. SOME HAVE TRIED PEN NAMES ALREADY. AGATHA CHRISTIE IS ONE. I EVEN READ AN ARTICLE WITH OTHER WEBSITES SUCH AS PUBLISHERS WEEKLY OR WRITERS DIGESR THAT ANONYMITY IS NEVER IMPOSSIBLE SIMPLY DUE TO MODERN TECHNOLOGY. TGERE'S ANITHER FAMIUS FICTION AUTHOR WHO TRIED USING A PEN NAME--J.K. ROWLING WHEN SHE  WROTE UNDER THE SURNAME GILBRAITH, BUT DUE TO HER ALREADY ESTABLISHED ANS SUCCESSFUL CAREER, SHE WAS ALREADY KNOWN AND THUS HER ANONYMITY THIS BREACHED. GENERALLY AUTHORS CAN USE PEN NAMES WHENEVER THEY CHOOSE. WHEN FILING OFFICIAL COPYRIGHT, IT IS IMPORTANT TO INCLUDE YOUR PEN NAME IN YOUR APPLICATION TO ENSURE YOUR INTELLECTUAL PROPERRTY AND OTHER INTERESTS ARE PROPERLY PROTECTED. OTHER INSTANCES IN WHICH AN AUTHOR MAY WANT TO USE  A PSEUDONYM IS WHEN HE TRANSITIONS FROM OR HAS ANOTHER CAREER AND WISH TO KEEP THE TWO SEPARATE AND DISTINCT.

Q.: WHEN DID YOU WRITE YOUR FIRST BOOK MANUSCRIPT?                                      A.: TECHNICALLY WHEN I WAS IN 6TH GRADE, SO PROBABLY IN RHE YEAR 1985. WE ALL HAD TO WRITE BOOKS, TYPE THEM AND SUBMIT THEM TO THE SCHOOL WIDE WRITE A BOOK CONTEST. I WON FIRST PRIZE. THE BOOK I WROTE WAS ABOUT FRIENDSHIP.  IT WAS PUT ON DIAPLAY IN THE SCHOOL LIBRARY WITH PREVIOUS YEARS' WINNERS AS A FULL TIME CAREER AUTHOR IN THE AUTUMN OF 2016.

Q.:. WHERE CAN I FIND FREE STUFF AND ADVICE ABOUT WRITING?                                                             A.:  I HAVE PROVIDED AUTHOR CHECKLISTS FOR DIFFERENT STAGES OF WRITING AND PUBLISHING IN DOWNLOADABLE FORMAT THAT ARE FREE.  THERE ARE SEVERAL WEBSITES THAT PROVIDE FREE EBOOKS AND DOWNLOADABLE BOOKS. SOME ARE FICTION AND OTHERS ARE ABOUT THE CRAFT OF WRITING. SOME WEBSITES PROVIDE Q & A LIKE THIS ONE. THEY ARE AUTHOR WEBSITES AND INDUSTRY RELATED COMMERCIAL WEBSITES, SUCH AS PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY AND WRITER'S DIGEST. ON THAT SAME OAGE I HAVE INDEXED SEVERAL OFHESE WEVSITES WITH THE EMBEDDED LINK. ALL OF THE ABOVE CAN BE FOUND ON MY WEBSITE BY CLICKING THE FREEBIES AND BONUS SECTION.

Q.:  DO YOUR BOOKS NEED TO BE READ IN ANY CERTAIN ORDER?                                                      A.: FOR HISTORICAL ROMANCE NOVELS, NO. THUS FAR ALL HISTORICAL ROMANCE NOVELS ARE STANDALAONE AND CAN BE READ IN ANY ORDER THE READER DESIRES.

Q.:  HOW DO YOU RESEARCH DO YOU RESEARCH YOUR NOVELS?                                                         A.: THE SIMPLEST ANSWER IS DO A WEB SEARCH. WHEN THERE IS A CURSORY ISSUE THAT I WANT TO QUICKLY LEARN ABOUT, SAY A POPULAR DANCE, HOBBY OR SPORT DURING A CERTAIN TIME PERIOD, I LOOKED UP MULTIPLE RESOURCES AND USE WHAT IS MOST CONSISTENTLY SAID. THE COMPLICATED ANSWER IS THAT FOR CERTAIN ISSUES I CAN RELY ON MY ACADEMIC BACKGROUND WHICH INCLUDES LEGAL RESEARCH FOR MORE DETAILS ON SAY, HOW DID THE 18TH CENTURY BRITISH COURT SYSTEM WORKED. IN THISE INSTANCES I OFTEN RELY ON ACADEMIC RESEARCH PAPERS OTHER RESEARCH TOPICS, I CAN USE YOUTUBE. USING THE EXAMPLE ABOUT DANCE FOR INSTANCE THE SPEAKEASY MURDERS, I CAN WATCH A CLIP, THEN DESCRIBE HOW WHETHER ACCURATE OR AWKWARD DEPENDING ON THE CHARACTER'S PERSONALITY HER ARMS SWING OR LEGS KICK. IF YOU ARE NEW TO RESEARCH, BEGIN WITH A WEB SEARCH. IF THE RESULTS VEER OFF FROM YOUR INITIAL TOPIC, EITHER TAILOR YOUR TOPIC, SAY FEOM DANCE GENERALLY, TO DANCES THAT FLAPPER DO OR THE NAME OF THE DANCE ITSELF.

Q.:    HOW BEST CAN A AUTHOR WRITE A LONG BOOK WITHOUT BEING REDUNDANT?                    A.:. THE AUTHOR SHOULD HAVE A MAJOR PLOT IN MIND WITH REALISTIC OR PLAUSIBLE SCENARIOS SO YOUR WRITING DOESN'T APPEAR CONTRIVED OR DRAFTED WITH FILLERS THAT DO NOTHING TO ENHANCE OR ADVANCE THE STIRY. THIS IS A BROAD SUGGESTION. KEEP IN MIND THAT INDUSTRY STANDARDS DICTATE WHAT GENRES ARE EXPECTED TO HAVE EXTENDED PAGE COUNT BOOKS, SUCH AS SCIENCE FICTION OR FANTASY.

Q.:   I HAVE HEARD THAT VOLUME OR QUANTITY LENDS TO MORE AND FASTER  SALES, BUT QUALITY GIVES THE AUTHOR AND HIS WORK LONGEVITY. GIW TRUE IS THIS?                                A.: IT DEPENDS ON WHAT YOU MEAN BY VOLUME. THE WRITING WORLD HAS ITS OWN SET OF STANDARDS FOR PAGE AND WORD COUNT. MEET THESE STANDARDS THAN YOU QUALIFY FOR MAINSTREAM RECOGNITION AS A LEGITIMATE AUTHOR. NEW AUTHORS GENERALLY HAVE DIFFICULTY GENERATING SALES UNLESS THEY ARE TRADITIONALLY PUBLISHED WITH  COMMERCIAL BACKING OPENING THE DOOR FOR A LIKELIHOOD OF COMMERCIAL SUCCESS. THE. THERE IS THE OTHER ASPECT OF VOLUME. I HAVE SEEN ON AMAZON THAT SOME AUTHORA ARE CLAIMING TO WRITE SEVERAL BOOKS BUT THEY ARE LOW CONTENT AND DO NOT MEET INDUSTRY STANDARDS. SOME BOOKS ARE 100 PAGES. THIS IS BARELY A NOVELLA AND MORE LIKELY CONSIDERED FLASH FICTION. YET THESE WRITERS  SEPARATE THESE SHORT STORIES ASFULL LENGTH BOOKS ANDMISLEAD READERS WITH ERRONEOUS GENRE CATEGIRIES BASED ON TRENDS WITHIN AMAZON RANKINGS AND WHAT GENERALLY ARE CURRENTLY POPULAR  MAINSTREAM. THERE ARE AUTHORS WHO STILL USE AMAZON AND SPEAK ABOUT MISREPRESENTATION, OFTEN BY MALE WRITERS WHO USE THESE MA IOUKATIONS TO OBTAIN AMAZON NO. 1 RANKING IN A PARTICULAR CATEGORY THEN USE IT TO BOOST THEIR BRAND AND ENHANCE THEOR MARKETING STRATEGY. SURE THEY MAY HAVE MORE SALES SHORT-TERM, BUT THE LONG TERM GAINS LIKELY BECOME STAGNATE WHEN THE READER REALIZES THEY ARE GAMING THE COMMERCIAL PLATFORM FOR AUTHORS AND THAT THE LOW CONTENT STORIES MAY NOT EVEN MEET THEIR EXPECTATIONS.

Q.:  WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO ESIT AND PROOFREAD YOUR BOOK MANUACRIPT?A.:. I CAN OFFER A FEW SUGGESTIONS, AND YOU CAN TAILOR AS YOU TROUBLESHOOT AND CREATE YOUR OWN SYATEM OR METHOD THAT WORKA VEST FOR YOU. SOME AUTHORS PROOFREAD AS THEY WRITE. IT IS EASIER IN SOME WAYS TO SEE THE FLOW OFGGE STORY ESITED PROPERLY AND MAY EVEN HELP YOU AS AN AUTHOR TAILOR THE VOICE IF A CHARACTER WHO IS SPEAKING. OTHER AUTHORS WAIT UNTIL THE END OF WRITING A SECTION OR CHAPTER AS THEY SET ASIDE SPECIFIC TIME DEDICATED TO THIS ASPECT OF WRITING.  THEN THERE ARE THE TOOLS NECESSARY FOR EDITING AND PROOFREADING. YOUR EYES. THEY NEED TO HAVE CLARITY AND YOU MUST BE LUCID. HERE IS WHERE THE ADVICE IF SETTING ASIDE YOUR WORK AND RETURNING TO REVIEW WITH FRESH EYES IS HELPFUL. SOMETIMES EVEN CURSORY REVIEW OF A CHAPTER OR SECTION WHEN YOU EXPERIENCE WRITER'S BLOCK MAY PROVE TO FULFILL YOUR PRODUCTIVITY TIME THOUGH IT SEEMS THE LESS CREATIVE ASOECT OF YOURSELF YOU ARE EXPRESSING. THE OTHER TOOL, SPELLCHECK IN YOUR WORD PROCESSING SOFTWARE. IT IS HELPFUL BUT IT IS TOOL THAT YOU AS THE WRITER SHOULD NOT ABSOLUTELY RELY ON. IT DOES NOT HELP WITH CONTEXT AND ONLY THE SPELLING IF THE WORD SO IF YOU WRITE *SEA" RATHER THAN "SEE" IT WILL BYPASS THAT WIRD AND NOT HIGHLIGHT IT AS INCORRECT. FOR CONTEXT, WHICH IS GRAMMAR AND PROOFREADING, SOFTWARE SUCH AS GRAMMARLY AHOULD PROVE VERY HELPFUL.


Q.: CAN YOU GIVE ANY PRACTICAL ADVICE ABOUT WRITING? I WANT TO BE AN AUTHOR.      A.:. MAKE YOUR INTENT AND WRITE. WHATEVER WERE YOUR FAÀVOURITE BOOKS IN YOUR YOUTH OR REJUVENATES YOUR INTEREST IN READING FICTION YOU CAN USE AS YOUR GUIDEPOSTS TO HELP INSPIRE YOU ON YOUR LITERARY JOURNEY TO BECOMING AN AUTHOR.

Q.:  HOW DO YOU FIND THE TO WROTE?            A.: AS A FULL TIME AUTHOR, THE NATURE OF MY ACTIVITY WAS TO WRITE. THUS MOST OF MY TIME IS GIVEN TO WRITING. WHEN I WORKED A FULL TIME IN MY PRIMARY CAREER I USED BREAKS AND WEEKENDS FOR MOST OF MY WRITING. AFTER OFFICIALLY TRANSITIONING CAREERS, I BEGAN TO WRITE WHENEVER AND HOWEVER I COULD. WHEN I TOOK A WALK FOR A TRAIL, I WAS SURE TO SIT AT A BENCH AT THE SEETLED BEGINNING AND WRITE. SOMETIMES I WOULD OARK MY CAR OFF THE SHOULDER OF A BRICK ROAD AND WRITE LONGHAND WITH PAPER PRESSED AGAINST THE STEERING WHEEL. THESE TURNS AT WERE DURING THE COVID LOCKDOWN.

Q.:  WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE ABOUT CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT?                                                       A.: I WROTE ABOUT THIS CONCERN IN SOME OF MY NEWSLETTERS. FOR DETAILS, VISIT THE HOMEPAGE AND SUBSCRIBE. GENERALLY, THE AUTHOR SHOULD READILY RECOGNIZE WHO ARE YOUR MAIN CHARACTERS AND WHO ARE YOUR ANCILLARY CHARACTERS. NOW FROM THERE YOU CAN DECIDE HOW MUCH TIME YOU WISH TO SPEND DESCRIBING, INCORPORATING AND USING THEM THROUGHOUT YOUR STORYLINE  YOUR MAIN CHARACTERS SHOULD HAVE YOUR MOST DEVELOPMENT I TEND TO LIMIT FOCUS ON PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION UNLESS IT RETURNS AS USEFUL SAY, SCI FI. FOR INSTANCE, RHYSELIAN AND VALERA HAVE BROWN EYES. THAT IS A PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION, NOT TOO MUCH FIRTHER TO NECESSARILY EXPOUND ON UNTIL THEY ARE ABOARD THE MYSTIC BLOOM AMD THEY ENGAGE IN INTIMACY, THEIR EYES TURN INTO A TRANSLUCENT GOLDEN COLOUR. THUS THE READER KNOWS THATBHERE IS SOMETHING SPECIAL ABOUT THIS PRINCESS AND PRINCE THAT THEY CAN ANTICIPATE. THE AUTHOR DELIVERS HOW THIS CHANGE IN PHYSICAL TRAIT MAY REFLECT A FUTURE OF THEIR FIGHTING IN WAR AND WIELDING GREAT POWER BASED ON THEIR MARITAL BOND (EXISTENCE PARALLEL).  THEN THERE IS YAMARIA AND SALVATORE, MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY IN THE SILHOUETTE LOST SERIES, BOTH SCIENTISTS. THEY SEEM OFTEN TO ENGAGE IN NORMAL ACTIVITIES. DATE NIGHT, EXCURSIONS AND DINNERS BEFORE THEY WERE WES. ANOTHER KINGDOM WORLD MAKES CONTACT WITH HER AND CHALLENGES HER. THE INTELLIGENT, KIND BUT SOMETIMES UNGRACEFUL MAIN FEMALE CHARACTER BECOMES A HEROINE, BUT FOR BOTH SHE AND SALVATORE, CIRCUMSTANCES CHALLENGES THEM. THEIR CHARACTER DEVELOPS IN A QUICKER AND DEEPER WAY ONCE ERINAMDI BECOMES A PART OF THEIR LIVES. OVERARCHING CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT THE AUTHIR CAN VIEW HUST LIKE ANY OTHER HUMAN BEING, PHYSICAL STAGE AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT, AFTER ALL YOU THE WRITER WISH TO MAKE YOUR CHARACTERS AS REALISTIC AS POSSIBLE.

Q.: WHICH US VETTER TO WRITE WITH PEN AND PAPER OR COMPUTER?                                            A.: THE APPROPRIATE ANSWER DEPENDS ON WHAT SORT OF WRITER YOU ARE. IF YOU SENSE THAT YOUR THOUGHTS SEEM TO FLOW THROUGH YOUR HAND, THEN LONGHAND IS PROBABLY BETTER FOR YOU AS A WRITER. THE SAME ITS TRUE IF YOU TEND TO SKETCH OUT, DRAW, MAP CERTAIN SCENES OBJECTS OR IDEAS,. LAPTOPS ARE CONVENIENT, AND YOU HAVE WRITTEN NOVELS IN THE PROCESS OF COMPLETING BOTH. WHENEVER I HAVE A THOUGHT AND NEED TO JOT SOMETHING DOWN, I GRAB A SLIP OF PAPER AND WRITE. THEN I HAVE, ESPECIALLY FOR MURDER MYSTERIES HAVE TYPED WHOLE SECTIONS OR CHAPTERS  JUST FROM SITTING IN FRONT OF A LAPTOP.

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