So once again, life came and decided to setup camp at which point I was pulled away from connecting to all of you and talking about the writer’s journey and all that goes with that. For starters, we had the terrorist attack in Spain. Then things went to chaos at the ranch where my alpacas are, and in the middle of the chaos we had two baby alpacas, which are known as crias, born and those were in my house for a while being bottle fed. So in the last few days it has been utter chaos, and all that I’ve wanted to do is put my energy into getting my alpacas well, and to work on my writing. So when it came to choosing between the alpacas and writing, I chose the alpacas.
But before the chaos came to roost at the ranch, I did register for the Castle Rock Writer’s Conference, which will be Friday, October 20 and Saturday, October 21. So if you are in the area and want to get an idea of how a writer’s conference work, please, sign up at http://castlerockwriters.com, and I hope to see all of you there.
Also I have gained a few followers during the last two weeks on Facebook, for I’m up to 13 so far, which I’m pretty happy about. I also have continued to get views on this site, as well as twitter and Youtube. So far everything is doing well there, for me.
Now to the big challenge, my manuscript for the Raven Prophecy. I’m rewriting what I have, and the reason why I’m doing this is because while I was reading what I had typed on my current draft of my first draft, I noticed that I had a huge plot hole. This plot hole was pretty big and I’m trying to leave any plot holes, if I can help it. But as I’ve said it is a work in progress, and the work keeps on going.
I want to thank you all for your support and continued fellowship. Hopefully some day I will get up a post on the fantasy genre and some other aspects of writing. As I’ve said from the beginning this site, my business, and everything that comes with it is a work in progress.
The last time, I was on here I talked about the writer’s journey, and more specifically my writer’s journey. Now I want to talk about what happens after you accept your writer’s journey.
Once you have started taking a look at your own writer’s journey, the next thing to do is to embrace it. By embracing it mean really think or mediate if being a writer is really what you want to do. Remember it takes time and work to be a writer, and that goes for whether if you are wanting to write just as a hobby or if you want to be published. Either way it’s going to take work.
Work for being a writer, means that you are reading others, looking for inspiration, researching your craft and the other aspects of writing. Once you have thought about this for a while, it’s time for you to figure out what is a good time of the day that you are going to write. Yes, this means that you should be writing everyday. As you move forward with your writing life, you feel guilty at times for not writing daily. I know I do.
The other part about making time for your writing it’s also about dedicating a space about your writing. Your space can be on your kitchen table, in your bathtub (yes, I wrote a paper once in college in the bathtub and there was no water in the tub). But you need to find a space and say that this is your space. My current space is made up of a fish tank stand, with a board across the top, which holds my monitor, my keyboard, my mouse, and a few trinkets that I use for inspiration. I also have an office chair that I bought at an office supply chair. I will have a picture down below of what it looks like.
Once you have your space dedicated, then you need to figure out what sorts of things you are going to have your writing space. Remember, you don’t want to clutter it with a bunch of things you want a few things. But you also don’t want to be distracted by what you put in your writing space. Also during this time, you need to figure out if you are going to write with pencil first or if you are going to go straight for the keyboard. If you go for the keyboard, make sure that it is a comfortable keyboard where you fingers can move easily across it as you type. This is also true if you are going to write by hand, for you want to a writing instrument that is going to be easy for you hold and work with as you write by hand.
Now that you have all of those things figured out, now it is time to write. Work yourself gradually until you can dedicate one to two hours of writing a day. But also make sure that you can also give yourself a break from writing. You don’t want to be burned out, for when you get burned out, that is what brings out writer’s block. I talk more about writer’s block later.
I must also give a quick update on my website. I have just two new pages under the “About Faerie Rose Press.” These two new pages are: FAQ Faerie Rose Press and FAQ Tiffany M. Dew. I also have had new views on my site from the United Kingdom.
Until next time, keep on writing, discovering, and setting up your time and space for writing. If you like what you have seen, leave me a like or a comment.
Just as every story takes us on a journey, we as writer’s go on our own journey. The journey to find out if writing, and telling story is something that we want to persue. Everyone’s journey is different, but when you decide to go down the road of being a writer, you go on a journey.
It’s a journey to find out what genres we like to write, what we want to focus on with our writing, if it is something we like as a hobby, or if we want to make full time living off of writing.
My journey as being a writer, started when I was about seven or eight years old, when I got to write a couple of small stories. Yes, most of them at this time were fairy tales, but as children that is the start of where we first learn about stories, is from hearing fairy tales. It was also at this time, where I found my first fandom, if you can call it that, Star Wars.
The story is that my dad received the original Star Wars trilogy, this was before George Lucas made is edits to the trilogy for the twenty year aniversary of the trilogy. Either, way I saw all three films and I was hooked. I was hooked with the characters, the dialogue, and most of all it was the story that hooked me in.
Then when I reached fourth grade, I had a teacher that was so into writing, and story telling, that I had writen several stories while I was in her class, and to this day I still have that collection, which every so often I look back at it and say “I wrote this!” I’m saything that out of disgust, but with pride. As writers, we should take pride in what we write, even if it is bad.
Then middle school game, and the writing and telling stories, sort of went out the window, which was really hard for me, because I enjoyed writing and having the time to tell stories. So in my spare time, I wrote stories. I even started a novel, which I called Fantasia. The reason why I called it that was at the time I was really discovering the fantasy film genre in film.
During this time I watched the Princess Bride, Legend which stared Tom Cruise, Willow (which I really didn’t like), Merlin with Sam Neil, The Neverending Story, and the list can go on. Granted, Fantasia was sort of a fan fiction, which started with the prologue of the animated series Gargoyles. But it was first attempt to write a novel. Granted, it didn’t go far since I have to find my starts of the story in my room. But it was a time that I let myself experiment on my own, since middle school, really did not give my that time to write what I wanted to write.
Fast forward to high school, senior year: this is where I got to go back to writing stories, and I was happy. I was beyond happy, for I got to write all sorts of creative fiction, to include fiction. I also took mythology where I got to write my own myth. My writing life was back and I was so happy.
Then I graduated high school, went to college, and during my freshman year was when the first thoughts about the Raven Prophecy began, and ever since this story has been there and I have been working on it for thirteen years, because it never died. As part of my writing journey, I’ve completed, NaNoWriMo a couple of times, and I started writing during NaNoWriMo about three years ago, and I enjoy it.
Yes, I have told my writing journey, but we all have them and they are so different. But whatever your writing journey is, you should own with pride, for it is what made you want to be a writer and made you keep on writing.
It may take time to own up to what your journey is, but embrace it and enjoy it! If you like what I have said tonight, leave me either a comment or a like.
I also want to mentions two things really quick. First, I made my first YouTube video last night, you can find it my searching, Faerie Rose Press. The second item, is that I received on view from Nepal and another view from India, which is still exciting to receive views from another part of the world.
Have a good night all!
Today, was a good day here at Faerie Rose Press. I got my first unoffical client that I got to help with on his writing. So if you haven’t guessed, I took somewhat I wrote yesturday to heart and took a giant leap forward when I said that I would help someone with their writing project.
This comes under the heading of helping others in the writing community, which can sort of be looked as doing community service. As much as we as writers need to focus on our own writing, we also need to help our fellow authors with their writing projects. I feel that taking that step was a huge accomplishment for myself, for a long time that I was terribly shy. But as I continue to come out of my shell, and I feel that I can accomplish more.
One way that I can say for certain that I came out of the shy shell was getting into the alpaca and llama industry, and when I started doing the shows and showing what I have learned from raising them I have come out of that shell, and in some ways if I wasn’t out of my shell then I wouldn’t have mustered up the courage to help my fellow writer, which I found on Facebook.
The other way that this was a good day, was when I looked at my stats for this site, I saw that I got two views from people in India, for me that was awesome. It was just as awesome as seeing the fews from those that are across the US and Australia. So all in all, today was a good day for me at Faerie Rose Press.
Also on the marketing front, I have created an account on Goodreads, and I will be soon starting a Youtube channel. Yes, things are happening, but it’s awesome, for I feel that I’m making strives in what I want to accomplish my business, and one of those items was to help someone with their writing project.
I hope you all had a great Friday too!
It’s been a little while, since I have been on here. I appoligize for that, but life got in the way. Life, is what we face as writers, and what can get in the way of writing. This also means that yes, I’ve been a bad girl, for I have not written for a while. Althought, I have not been writing for a while, I have however, been doing research.
Yes, research on writing, publishing, and writing. I went to the Mile High MFA Creative Writing Open House that was hosted at Regis University at the end of July, and one thing that came back to me was that I need to study my craft. My craft can be broken down into fiction, and from there down to Fantasy. Furthermore, as a writer I need to work on structure of my book.
So that I one goal, that I have set for myself. The other is how I can participate in the writing community. Yes, I have gone to a couple of writing conferences, such as the Castle Rock Writing Conference that they have once a year in the fall, which I have enjoyed for they bring up a variety of topics. But I feel that there is more that I can do to encourage those that want to write to write.
The other things that I have been doing, is watching the latest season of Game of Thrones. Yes, I’m a Game of Thrones fantic, and this is in fair fact due to I’m a fantasy buff. This also comes into the heading of studying your craft. But this is what we do as writers is watch or read how someone else did something and we take into the corner work or tweak it so that we can make it ours.
Furthermore, since I have not been on this site for a while, I have thought about how I could make this site better, or rather how can I get some of my work out there, and one thing came to find: poetry. Yes, I know some people don’t like poetry and others enjoy it, so I published some of it here, under the new section called “Poetry.”
Under the section, there are currently four poems. I hope to add more, but I am still making decisions around that part of it. If I have not said it before, this site is a work in progress. I’m still looking at what I should and should not add to this site. I know one thing for sure, I will have a section on tools for writing, which will include a list of resources for writers.
I can tell you, that I’m working on things for the press, on my writing, and on this site. If you like what you have heard, or would like to hear more, or have suggestions on things, please, comment down below.