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Been There, Done That #mfrwauthor

Welcome to week 33 of the MFRW 52-week challenge. The topic is "Giving and Taking Advice - How it can hurt?"

Why did I pick the title? We've all been there. An inadvertently voiced comment about something you're working on and suddenly you're in for a twenty- or thirty-minute lecture on how XX should be done. It doesn't matter the topic or even whether you yourself are considered knowledgeable in the area, there is always one in every crowd who knows everything about everything. So should you wholeheartedly implement their advice or take it with a grain of salt. If a point sounds true, holds up to additional research, and is helpful, go for it.

However, the prompt also covers the flip side. My first thought when I saw the prompt was to think about the hundreds (or thousands) of how to books about writing your novel. They range from short pontifications about one person's experience getting published and may have no relevance to your genre or situation. Others may be scholarly or well-researched and filled with examples. A single fact or hint might make the difference between a good book and a great one, or getting you out of a slump.

Doesn't sound like a bad thing? However, every writer is different. What works for one might not for work another because of their personality, genre, learning style, and even what project(s) are in play. My favorite line in my lectures on outlining, is that the various forms in my novel notebooks and series bibles are tools. Not every project needs every form. I wouldn't want to go back and do an in-depth storyboard for a book that is already running at 150 thousand words. However, creating a spreadsheet of four or five pieces of each information for each character could reduce potential errors such as changing the color of a character's eyes or hair, or mixing up names and locations between books and series.

Another point with advice. You can get so caught up on reading other's suggestions that you don't actually get any writing done.

Advice is only as helpful as it fits your needs. Don't get caught up that you're doing something wrong just because another author. Or it may not even be an author, one of the worst encounters I've had regarding advice was with an author who had just signed their first contract and had not even gone through their first round of peer reviews or professional edits. As I always start my critics, "Use or toss as you will. It's your voice."

Hope you'll stop by and see the other posts on the topic.

~till next time, Happy Writing. Helen


Read a Good Book - It's National Book Lovers Day

Specialty calendars list all kinds of days. There is one that I plan to celebrate - Book Lovers Day.

A definition of bibliophilia or bibliophilism is the love of books. Accordingly a bibliophile is an individual who loves books. Quite often it refers to a collector of antique or first edition books. In contrast, a term sometimes used derogatorily is "bookworm," defined as someone who loves books for their content, or who otherwise loves reading. Whatever ever you consider yourself, books offer escapes from our daily lives, offer inspiration and information.

How to celebrate Book Lovers Day Src: https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/book-lovers-day/

In order to truly appreciate Book Lovers Day, one must only find a story and read it. Maybe you wish to dive into the unknown with a good mystery, or see magic in a high fantasy setting, or be enthralled in a steamy romance. The individual genre of your reading is not the big piece of this, just that you do read is. Maybe a visit to your local library is in order? After all public libraries existed even way back in the Middle Ages, but they didn’t really let many folks take books home. The librarians in those days chained books to shelves or desks in order to prevent theft of the carefully hand-written tomes. Many librarians will gladly help you find a title to read, giving a brief explanation on what it is about if they have read it, or giving it a little flip and reading about it quickly in the synopsis. But no matter your preference, if you read it at home with a cup of tea, share a book meeting with friends or go to the library and make use of the wonderful pieces on those shelves, just enjoy your reading, revel in the book and find a way to read during Book Lovers Day!

What is your favorite book? 

Of course that might be an unfair question. It could be what is your favorite book at a particular point in time. The author you loved as a young adult as you read coming of age stories may no longer be as your favorite

How will YOU Celebrate?
Check out the Tuesday's Titles column or posts tagged with the #MFRWHooks in this blog for a selection of interesting books by talented authors. A post about one follows later today.

If you love fantasy, click on the FREE READS button in the sidebar.

Or, maybe you'll consider one of my works. There is the dragon shifter series, the Dragshi Chronicles, the sword and sorcery series, the Windmaster Novels, and the stand-alone fantasy and anthologies. Click on the cover in the banner for buy links, excerpts, and first chapters.

Off to flip pages and read. ~till next time Helen

Life is for Living #MFRWauthor

The official topic for this week's post of the 2019 MFRWAuthor Challenge is whether "For an Author, Life Exists Outside of Writing."

The answer would have to be a definitive yes. The time when an author could just write a book, send it to an agent or publisher, and then sit back and collect the royalty checks are long gone. There is more to writing as a business other than just putting words on paper or typing a story into a word processor. Outside of the writing itself, there is a whole 'nother world of marketing. But I won't go into that as this post is going to be purposely short to allow more space for National Book Lovers Day.

Another reason why life has to exist outside of writing is our friends and families, the organizations we belong to, the things we like to do. In essence, a multitude of things outside of creating characters, the worlds they live in, and their tales.

A final reason why writers need an outside life is to refill the well. Writing can be emotionally exhausting and we not only need to leave the worlds we created to find our own balance, but also to find inspiration for the next project. That's my few thoughts on the topic. Hope you'll stop by the other authors in the challenge to see theirs.

~till next time, Helen