Monday, January 29, 2018

Why Do You Write?

What makes you put pen to paper, fingers to the keyboard, or ink pen to parchment?  What is your compelling reason to write anything?  Even if it's just a thank you note, your inspiration has to come from somewhere, to put those thoughts into words.

For me, my brain seems to be wired differently than others that I know.  I seem to be able to escape to another realm, to allow myself to live someone else's life in my head.  Once I do that, I have to write it down or I'll forget it.  It's a magical thing for me, to be able to vacate my current life and vacation in someone else's dreams, even though it's all in my head.  I know...very odd, but fun to do.

The compelling part of the whole thing is that I have to write it down.  I can't continue doing anything until that scene is on paper somehow.  Our youngest daughter is the same way, but she refuses to write down that story in her head.  She keeps reliving it over and over and over again, changing bits and pieces each time the story line enters her brain.  She's worried that if she puts it on paper, the magic will be gone for the story line, or someone might steal her idea.

If you're like our daughter or me, put it on paper.  Get it out of your head so you can live your life.  I tell her that, too, but she refuses, living that magical story in her head.  I hear so many authors saying their character has hijacked their lives, wanting to tell their story.  They can't go to the grocery store without a character talking to them the whole time.  The only way to silence the character is to write down their story.  It's the same thing for our daughter and me.

Most people think that's a sign of something mentally wrong with the writer, but I get it.  I understand.  As a writer, you become entwined in the character's life, that's all you can think about.  It's all part of the job.  But if you don't get that story out, it's going to haunt your mind.

What's your compelling reason to write?  Are you an author just trying to get the story out of your head, too?  Good luck with that! 

Have a great week!
SweetTale Books

Monday, January 22, 2018

What does Twitter really do for an author?

I'm going through a crisis of Twitter.  They changed their terms of service and can now track me anywhere, even when I'm not on Twitter (and you should see the things I search on, for researching my books!).  I even got an email that I may be followed by a Russian bot.  Do I care that a Russian bot is following me?  No.  A follower is a follower is a follower.  I don't even care if they retweet me, because any exposure of my books is good, in my opinion.

What does Twitter really do for an author?  Like a billboard for your books, it gets your author name and title out there.  However, many days, I feel like I'm playing the 'retweeting game,' where you tweet me, I tweet you, and that's that.  Nothing feels like it's worth it.

I had this revelation, though, when retweeting people's books this morning.  When I see their name, I have an automatic image of what they write/produce.  That seed's been planted in my brain of what books are out there, from people I follow, or my 'friends.'  If I see that book in any other place, I have an instant fondness for that, because I 'know' the author through Twitter.

If I didn't have Twitter, I wouldn't know any of these authors at all.  I wouldn't be able to interact with them, because I don't spend much time on other social media.

Wow.  It was like a slap in the face that maybe Twitter is a great tool for authors.  Maybe a 'tweet for a tweet' is helping.

Thank you to all my retweeters.  I consider you to be in my 'family of authors' that are my friends.

Have a super day!
SweetTale Books

Monday, January 15, 2018

Missing some punctuation, much?

With the advent of making twitter posts DOUBLE what they used to be, I've noticed that more and more people are ignoring punctuation.  I'm seeing periods just ignored, most of the time.  Here's an example:

Bob wasn't stupid he knew Jane didn't love him he just didn't care.

I THINK the author meant to write:

Bob wasn't stupid.  He knew Jane didn't love him.  He just didn't care.

I see whole paragraphs written with not a period at all.

What's up with people?  Missing punctuation can change the entire meaning of the sentence.  Here's an example, from Let’s eat Grandma! How to use, and not use the comma

These have two different meanings:
Let's eat, Grandma.
Let's eat Grandma.

Are you inviting her to eat or are you a cannibal with Grandma on the menu?

It's the same thing with periods.  Lack of a period can mean changing the entire meaning.

We went out to the car whose sunglasses were tinted.

is much different than:

We went out to the car.  Whose sunglasses were tinted?

So please, for the love of people who like to read, use punctuation.  It may change someone's life.

Thank you!
Markee

Monday, January 8, 2018

How to Get Out of a Slump

I've been in a slump for the past two months.  Between the holidays and a few time distractions (like watching Twitter), it's been tough to concentrate on anything anymore.

So how do I get out of that slump?  Schedule time for every moment of the day.  Give myself time to read over Twitter, but only for a short period of time. 

Has that happened to you, where you just can't focus?  Keep your goals in mind and know that you CAN do it.  If I can write 59 books, you certainly can do whatever you put your mind to.

Have a super week!
Markee

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Happy New Year!!!

...just a day late.  LOL!  Sorry about that!

May your new year be filled with happiness, healthiness, and success like no other.