Happy Monday you wonderful readers!
Today is the 30 June, which is the 181st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 184 days remaining until the end of the year. It’s also Meteor Watch Day. Go figure 🙂
It’s a free week this week and one would think I’d have thousands of things to talk about …. but I’m afraid I don’t. I had the idea of talking about the soccer, because it really occupies my interest at the moment. It’s weird to admit that even after all those years in Australia, I still barrack for the German team. AND they’re doing very well. Yes, I do have a soft spot for Australia as well, but unfortunately, they’re no longer in the tournament. I have even found a soft spot for the US team, but simply because their coach used to be one of my favourite players in the 1990s. All that aside though, it’s been quite an interesting World Cup this year, with the big names like England, Spain and Portugal out already. I have to say, I despise the time difference at the moment, but enjoy the few highlights I get to see on television.
The other thing I wanted to get off my chest, was talking about my latest health dilemma, but decided against it. I do not want to bore you! 🙂
My little girl was busy this weekend with a going to the footy down in Melbourne on Friday night and having visitors on Saturday. She’s tired and exhausted, and nicely told me I need to think of something by myself this week. Fair’nuff.
PS – Yes, “her” team won!
So I’m sitting here in front of the heater, the wind outside carrying the arctic cold over here and the temperatures are dropping to single digit degrees. Winter’s here! However, I still can’t think of anything to write.
I hope you all have read my latest books New Beginnings and More Beginnings, because the third and final book in the series Fresh Beginnings, will be out soon. I really need a bit of a boost in sales 🙂
Anyway, with nothing to write, I thought I’d pinch a blog post I wrote a few years back for my publisher Astraea Press. It’s still valid. Enjoy!
Writer or Storyteller?
“To be or not to be “ ….. Now I’m not here to tell you that there’s a difference. Quite honestly, I wouldn’t dare. I’m not Wikipedia. But in my humble opinion, yes there is one. See, when people come up to me and ask whether I’m an writer I’m always tempted to tell them I’m a storyteller.
I’m not a writer. For the life of it, I cannot sit down and just write, may it be a story, blog or even a letter. I need the “right moment”, most of the time it’s the “right music” that makes me wonder off into a daydream – and bingo! I’ve thought about how the next scene for my storycould be. I don’t plot, I don’t develop characters, I just write down my words.
So, I’ve got the music, I’ve got my laptop and jot it down. Easy and straight forward. After a few months I’ve got a really nice story and I ask friends (even hubby!) for their opinion – luckily they’ve always liked it so far. Now comes the part writers do from the very beginning: my story now needs to be polished with “show not tell”, with the right POV and to bring a “flow” into the sentences. Then you send it off to a pro Editor for more polishing.
Now for me a writer has learnt these talents (or they even come naturally to them) – They can show the character’s heart is aching in a way that the reader is searching for their tissues to wipe a tear. They describe the scene so subtly you don’t notice the words, but you have the picture right in front of you. They have the hang of the POVs. They know where they want the story to go to and they know how to get there. Read a good book, not necessarily a bestseller, and concentrate on just those points and you see what I mean.
Writing a book is a craft and should honestly not be underestimated. I know I did So if you think you have a great story all your friends and critique partners loved, do yourself a favour and have it polished into that diamond
that it deserves to be!
Have a wonderful week everyone!