Trusting Our Craft

Hello! I hope that you are all safe and well during this time that we live in. I can say that My family, my boyfriend, and I are all safe, well and healthy. I now it’s been a while, since I have been on here but I’m currently adjusting to what is my new schedule for a while. Where I currently live, we are on ‘stay-at-home’ orders until May 8, which could change or who knows at this point. On that note, I want to get today’s topic.

Let me preface this conversation with this is not my first post that I have made today. My first attempt at a post today went totally into a rant session, which I do not want to do here right now. So I’m kindly switching gears to talk about trusting the craft.

Many of us see writing as a hobby, as a business, as an art form, as an escape from reality. Now matter how you see it, at the core of writing or even telling stories there is a craft. A craft that I will try to describe nicely in saying, that when it is done right, it’s like magic.

The reason why I turned to this topic for right now, is that I recently was watching Netflix’s The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. This series was both beautiful and for me worth the watch. Well, after I finished the last epsiode, I wanted the making of documentary, The Calling of the Crystal. Now normally, when you watch these specials they do not cover the writing process, for it’s usually over the casting, the special effects and other such elements that go into making a production like The Dark Crystal; however, with this special they did cover the subject of writing.

I’m going to say one big thing here and that as a writer I apprecaited it. You have no idea who much I apprecaited it.

Getting back to the subject, I loved a certain quote that came from special and that was from Simon Pegg, who is not only an actor but who is also a writer. He was a writer on one of the Star Trek films. He said that as writers we need to trust in the process. Granted, while he was speaking about film or television production.

This means that no matter how we tackle our writing, whether it is by means of plotting, or flying by the seat of our pants, traditionally publishing or self-publishing. No matter how we tackle our writing, we as a whole need to trust in our process. Once we trust in our processes, then we are able to focus on our writing.

The other key takeaway from what he said in the special is that, as writers we don’t need to think about designers, or builders, for you write as massive as you want. But in terms of writing books, this means not thinking about editors and book designers, all you have to think about is writing the story that you want to tell.

Focusing on that idea is one of the main reasons, why I love self-publishing. Sure I have an editor, and I have an idea of how I want the cover to look and feel but everything else relies on the craft of story telling. If it was not for that, then there wouldn’t be a book, which is the underlying goal at the end of the project.

Granted, every project in how it is handled is different. But the processes that we keep in mind at the end of the day is what makes us keep coming back to the table to tell/write the story that we want to write.

Now if you want someone to tell you and dictate what and how to write something, then by all means your writing process is controlled. Some like having it controlled while others don’t. I am one that feels that I should be able to tell the story the way that I have always done so. I have a process that works for me.

My process is different from others, and that’s fine. Not everyone has to have the same process when it comes to engaging their craft. It’s fine. But as long as you trust your craft, then your craft will see you through till the end of your project(s).

I hope that you have found this topic helpful. I hope that you stay safe and well! I hope that you have a great writing day!

 

A COVID-19 Update and Writing Through the Storm

Hello everybody and welcome back! So real quick I want to give an update on where things stand with COVID-19 before moving on to today’s topic.

First and for most, I am feeling fine and my family are doing fine as well. My boyfriend is fine as well. Now on to the latest, the mayor of my town just issued a “stay-at-home” order that goes into effect at 5:00 p.m. (MST) tomorrow and that lasts through until April 10, which means that I will be home for quite a while, which means that I can focus on my business.

Now, like so many around my town they are going to the government website to see what businesses have to be closed during this time and which businesses can remain open.

What does this mean for Moonspinner3 Books?

Since Moonspinner3 Books is mainly operated online, I am able to operate during this time, like I normally am able to do. This means still publishing content and giving updates on how things are going.

With that being said let’s get today’s topic….

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Writing Through the Storm

For many of us, we can consider “stay-at-home” orders to be a sort of storm, and like most storms we are ordered or in some cases mandated to stay in our homes until the storm has passed. Also like most storms, for many of us we see it as a chance to focus on our writing or working on our projects.

But for many there is the question of how do we get that inspirational spark, while being at home? Since many of us cannot leave our homes to seek out sights or even go to the library to do our research, there are so many opportunities that we can gather from the web. This includes listening to music, doing searches through Google, or even picking up a book that maybe on your shelf. I also have discovered that streaming services also do provide some documentary features as well. There are many places that are your fingertips to gather inspiration and new material.

But I would not necessarily, say that finding inspiration may not be an issue as keeping your focus on that inspiration. Let’s face it, for many of us we have not been in our homes for long periods of time, for we have work and places that we can go. However, during this time, for many of us we are told to stay in our homes for long periods of time, which also means that during this time we may go “cage-crazy” or even board with staying in the confines of the same four walls day after day.

However, look on the bright side, if you are safe inside then your chances of getting this virus is less. I’m not making light of this situation. I’m just trying to show that there is a bright side and we could also use a little brightness right now in our lives. Also during this time, we as writers should look at this right now, as we have our gift to help us through.

Yes, for some of us we are either stuck at home working, or we are stuck at home without work and therefore, the only thing that we have to keep us going is our gifts, our art, and our craft.

We will wither out this storm together and by all means, our craft and our art will grow.

So today, look around your house and see what can inspire you to either keep working or what spark will kick your writing today. I know that I have plenty to be inspired by.

Thank you for your continued support! Please, stay safe and healthy! I hope that you all have a happy writing and happy creating until next time.

 

 

 

Lunch Time Discussions: COVID-19

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Hello and this post is sort of like my spilling the hot chocolate posts that I have done previously; however, this time it’s over lunch. Lunch today was with my mother and my sister, we all live together so don’t worry, it’s not like someone came over and that sort of thing. Granted, the topic was about the lovely virus like it is dominating everything right now.

Granted, I have already covered some material on my platform about the virus as well. But I’m going to also add some more input that came from my sister about this virus.

My sister made the point that my generation, the millennial’s, have never had to do something of the things that the older generations have done in the past. I mean, when you look at my other sister, she doesn’t understand the meaning of staying at home and vegging, for she always needs to be going somewhere. During this time, more and more of us are being told to stay home and do something.

The point was even made that during this time, you have a whole world at your finger tips to where you can learn something new. You can go on virtual tours of museums that are closed.

Nowhere in the history of our lives, or the lives of our grandparents, our parents have seen times like this. Take it as a lesson that even though, this is the first instance of this situation, it may not be the last time either.

But now going to an even bigger point of all of this, to all those that are the younger part of my generation, please, for God’s sake take the precautions and if you are told to stay home stay home. There’s no need to go to the beach and party. Yes, I know its spring break and all, but with everything going on right now it is not the time to party.

Just based on the last paragraph above I want to put out:

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This is serious and these clowns that are out there want to party like nothing is going on, and their like if I get it I get it no big deal. It is a big deal, because the few of my generation that have gotten have been seriously ill, and part of is this the risk that has been imposed by vaping e-cigarettes.

While, I don’t make light of this situation at all, I reached my bubbling point to where I need to say something.

I apologize, if this has nothing to do with writing. But on the other hand, they say that is best to write your feelings out, or you will bubble over and that is not good for blood pressures, since it will lead to stress.

Thank you for joining me on this rant! I hope that you have a great writing day! Happy writing and happy creating!

 

Homeschooling and Writing for those Children

During this outbreak of COVID-19, also know as the Corona virus, for many that have children, they are not in school but they are home. While there are a lot of resources out there to keep children engaged to their studies. Let’s also bring up one study that can be incorporated into that school work, writing. But not just writing but creative writing.

This one of the greatest things, that I love about my platform is that I get to talk about this subject, for there are many out there going I want to share the gift of stories with my child or further how do you get them to embrace the art and craft that is writing?

While there are different ways that you can go about this, there are some pieces of advice that I will give and for the most part are some of the ways that I learned to write. The first piece of advice, is work on the vocabulary. Don’t over whelm them with big words but use words that are appropriate for their age group. You might remember that when you were in first or second grade and up until seventh grade that you were giving spelling lists that were themed. These themes ranged from Halloween to spring themed and the latter.

Now here are some suggestions that I’m going to barrow if you will from a former teacher of mine. She would have us write the words five times on a sheet of paper, depending on pen-men-ship you could get about 10 or twelve words on a sheet. The second step was that we had to find the definition of the word and write down the definition. Then she would have us draw a picture of the word being used, and for that part of the assignment you picked eight words, and you would fold the piece of paper into four squares so that you would have four pictures on both sides of the paper. Then lastly, we would have to use the words in a sentence or a more cleverly a story. Then next was the spelling test. Now granted, you can do this however you like. My favorite method that we do at my house was spelling baseball.

What is spelling baseball?

You don’t use a ball but you use the same positions that you do in baseball and have four areas so that you have a diamond. If you have more kids this is really fun. But each kid is given a word they spell the word and if they get right they get to take their base, if they get it wrong then they get a strike. You give them three chances to get the word right. Also you can have one kid that goes from being a player to being a score keeper. Everyone’s engaged and they are learning at the same time. You can also use this ticket for having your kids learn their multiplication tables too.

Another thing that you can do, during this time is read to your kids. Reading helps with them developing images in their mind of what is going on in the book. This is handy for when they go from picture books to chapter books. Make them imagine the characters and later on have them draw a picture of an image that they got from the time that you were reading to them. Now take this a step further, if there is a movie based on the book, show them the movie but only after the book is finished.

The other idea, that might help get kids to write is having them write fan-fiction. This method has been used countless times in the classroom, granted its usually done with fairy tales first, but since you are the teacher you can use anything that they like. This might include any movie that they enjoy. But the idea is to get them to write a short story, and depending on age if they are like first or second grade no more than a page or a even half-page. If the children are older than you can be the judge. I know that from middle school to high school the max that we could go was five pages.

So the key takeaways from this is: vocabulary, reading, writing and having fun.

If the child is not having fun writing they are not going to understand why many enjoy it. But not only should it be fun for them but it should be fun for them as well.

I hope that this gives you some ideas on how to engage your children during this time to not only being away from school but to keep their minds engaged.

Also, even though, this outside of the normal things that I talk about on this page, but also find a craft that you can do together with the kids. This idea was an inspiration from one of Facebook Friends, in that her girls have been working on school stuff they take an hour after school is done, to crotchet or knit together as away for distance themselves from the school work that is being done at home to the rest of the evening that is supposed to be their time.

Remember, that right now they are also going through an adjustment period, and that also means that the line between school and home is sort of getting blurred. But if you can find a way to show them that there is a line between the two while at home, you have got it made.

If you have tips of your own on getting children to engage to story and to writing and want to share them, comment down below.

Thank you and I hope that you have found this post helpful during this time. Happy writing and happy creating.

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Advice for us Writers during COVID-19

Hello and welcome back! If you read my previous blog post, COVID-19: What’s Going on? then you know that currently my time is freed up, like so many of us during this time.

In the last post, I mentioned that today I would be posting up a lot, and there are two reasons for that. One I just checked my calendar and I noticed how long it has been since I was last on here, which was about a month, secondly, I have a lot on my mind, and for three I need to keep busy, which probably for a lot of us we are trying to do without killing those that are around us. I do not condone the act of murder during this time or any time. You might think that I’m joking about that last statement, and probably I am. However, if there is one group of us that need to keep our heads cool during this time, it is us writers.

While others are out buying lots of toilet paper and other times that they did not buy in bulk before, does not mean that we should be going crazy with out writing. However, I will adjust my statement in that this maybe the perfect time to experiment with your writing, such as writing something that you never have done before.

The latter can go so many different ways, such as writing a genre that you have done before or even finding an online writing group and trying your hand at writing sprints. Whatever you find, try it and see what it does for your writing.

On the other hand, you could also learn something new like researching a topic and see if that peaks your interest to where you can tell a story that centers around this topic that you have discovered.

As the Renaissance was a period of discovery, use this time that you are home as your own period of discovery. Test your limits as a writer and see what it does for you. Granted, if you find something that does not work for you as a writer, then mark it does as it didn’t work. It’s fine. Don’t judge yourself too hard right now.

Remember, you can always go back to the way that you have done things before and if that method works best then you know that it does. Take yourself out of the shell. I know its hard right now, since everything is closed. But when it comes to your muse, you need to find a way to keep him/her busy.

If that muse is chugging along and you’re not, then find away to catch up to your muse. This one time when your muse and your mind are thinking away and your body may not be, because for once you are like I have nothing to do, I can watch television or watch a movie or read a book. While these are activities that I have mentioned before to use for your writing, but while you are doing these activities make notes that you can refer to and transfer them into your writing.

This should be a time of growth in terms of writing and creativity.

Now, if you are working from home, do your job-but after work shut down that work computer. Take your time to eat your dinner and then work on your craft. No need to go from being employed to being unemployed during this time. This is not the time to go hog wild on that idea.

The world is going crazy enough, if you want proof of that go to a Walmart or a Target and see it for yourself. I have and its nuts.

Take my advice and take a deep breath and take the time to study and work on your craft like you normally do, and you will come out happier and probably more successful.

I hope that this post as brought you clarity and some thought about your craft.

Thank you and I wish you a very blessed writing day! Happy Writing and happy creating!

COVID-19: What’s going on?

Hello and welcome back! Yes, I’m back. No, I was not sick. I’m going to give you a quick update. I’m fine, my family is fine, and my wonderful boyfriend is also fine. The reason for my departure was that I started a job not too long ago, and now due to chaos that is going on around the world and around where I live, I know find myself unemployed again.

Yesterday, on my personal Facebook page, I released the following statement:

While some are at home working, others are taking care of their kids, there are others, like my boyfriend, who still have to go to work due to the medical profession is still in high demand, and there’s me, like a few, that have been laid off/ their positions have been cut due to this virus, and I hadn’t even been in the position for a full month now. I’m not going to say this sucks or that’s not fair or anything like that. But we all just need to keep everyone in mind and everyone’s situation is different this time of confusion and chaos. That is all.

I can tell you, that as of right now, I’m still trying to cope without dropping into tears. I mean that I know fully that I did nothing wrong, for I was learning things and picking it up, and there were still some areas that I needed to improve. It’s just that overall this year, has not gone to plan so far.

I mean sure, so far I’ve met some of my goals in terms of writing, but career wise that has really fallen short. However, I digress and lets talk about what we as writers can do during this period of dealing with COVID-19 or as it is commonly referred to as the Corona Virus.

As many of us know this virus is one nasty little bugger. I mean we are living in a time that our world has never seen before. Stores and malls are closed, just many businesses are closing or asking people to work from home. Schools are closed. Events are cancelled. Graduations are even cancelled. The food industry is hit by either closing their doors but either offering drive-thru service or delivery service.

Now with that being said, here is my statement for Moonspinner3 Books:

We here at Moonspinner3 Books are still open and working hard to keep up with content and are able to offer distractions and suggestions to keep the creative writing processes flowing during this time. We send out prayers all of those that affected by the virus in any capacity that may be during this time. May you stay safe and healthy during this time, and if you have the virus may prayers find you so that you can become healthy once more. Stay creative and positive during this time when it is hard to do so. Thank you!

It may not be much of a statement but it comes from a good place during this hard, dark and difficult times. Rest assured that this is not my only post that I am doing today, as I will be posting up an idea blog for what we as writers can do during this time since many of us find ourselves a home, and there will also be a post on ideas for parents on how to get kids to write and use their imaginations during this time. Those are just a few of the posts that will be posted today.

Granted, as some will point out this is day one for me being a home, not working, which means I will be focusing on my business and my writing.

Remember that we are all in this boat together, and you have some place to turn if you need something to read or need help during this time with the creative juices.

Thank you all for your support. Happy writing and happy creating.

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What to get your Valentine, who happens to be a writer?

Yes, another Valentine’s Day is upon us, friends! Although, in the past it has not been my favorite of holidays, but given that so many love this holiday and while I won’t go into my dislike or hatred for the holiday, I will go into giving a few helpful hints for the perfect gifts for those that have Valentine’s that also happen to be writers.

Keep in mind, that chocolates are still essential and maybe flowers or balloons; however, this is for those writers that are near and dear to some people’s hearts.

Now while a notebook or journal maybe be practical gifts, and while they may have a handful of pens and pencils at their side, take these things up a notch by giving them something rare. A leather notebook, which can be found at Barnes & Noble might do the trick and a pen that is hard to find. While some may like the usual ball-point pen, I would suggest either a nice mechanical drafting pencil or a fountain pen perhaps.

This way if they lose them, which we hope never happens, they will ask for your forgiveness down the line.

Other suggestions, that I have for you is more on the technical side, such as a nice USB drive, if your love tends to write everything on the computer rather than pen and paper.

My last few suggestions on the subject are items that can be seen as nice gestures towards your writer friends, such as giving them some writing time, and afterwards rewarding her with a nice, warm bath or soak.

I’ve given suggestions that I have in mind, and the rest is up to you on what you plan for your Valentine.

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Reflections Based on Recent News

sadfaerieAs most of us around the world know by now the sad, and tragic passing of Los Angels Lakers basketball star Kobe Bryant, who died from a helicopter crash along with 13-year-old daughter, Gianna. This is news is shocking and unbelievable at the same time and this also comes under the heading of you will never forget where you were when you heard the news.

While Kobe was not a writer, but given his talent we are all stunned to hear this news. Yes, he had full filled his basketball career but he still had so much to give to this world and to his children. But this post is not about that, it’s about who we as writers try to cope and come to grips with these sudden and tragic events. One way is with our words.

Yes, our words and the voice that we have gives us strength during this times that we feel helpless and at times feel like we have nothing else in this world to give. As many times as we have seen the tragic and senseless tragedies of school shootings, and other world shaking events we have our words to get us through the tough and the bad times.

I can remember where I was when the events of September 11 was taking place when I heard the news that one or even the second tower had collapsed. I was 14 at the time just starting my freshmen year of high school. They day was also my sister’s birthday, and granted while she had a rather bad day that today due to some of the bullying that she faced, which I will not go into now for that is her story to tell not mine. However, I was in my second period English class when we got the news of what had taken place. The class fell quite and the teacher, who at the time was taking the news rather sadly like the rest of us, told us that through out the class period we could do anything that we wanted to do as long as it was constructive. Of course for me, it was to write. I wrote about four or five one page pieces on various things just to get my mind to focus on the rest of the day while I was at school. It was hard but I pushed through it some how.

I am not making light of the events of today or of that day or any other day that we have faced like this in our lives. But during this shocking time we have the use of our words to get us through. While I have said that our jobs as writers is help our readers to escape, now I’m going to change the phrase in that when the world can get to be too much, writing can be an escape for us during these rather difficult times.

Granted, for most of us we do not live in the world of celebrity, but we do live in a world that is some what highly influenced by the world of celebrity. This is one day that I shall never forget. While I am not a real fan of Basketball, I do like so many others know about Kobe Bryant and his accomplishments on and off the basketball court. Right now, I’m feeling sadden by his loss and the loss of his daughter. I fell sad for his wife, Vanessa, who has to deal with so much right now while trying to take care of her other three daughters, one of which is just seven months old.

But while I feel this great sadness that has shaken most of us today by this tragic news, I know that I can get through it by writing. Writing this blog entry, or by working on my fiction. There are some that will find comfort by writing poetry, which I have also done in the past. There are others that will write pieces on his life or by praying and trying to find comfort during this time.

Today or tonight when you take to the keyboard to work on your craft, I hope that you find comfort in knowing that in times of sudden shudder that your work will help set you free just a little bit until time has passed and you don’t feel the shudder anymore.

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Let’s switch things up…

Hello again and today I want to change topic from what I have been talking about through the past several posts, which is getting your writing space and the tools that you will probably use in order so that you can spend an hour if not hours on writing and working through your projects. However, today I want to focus on the bland answer of its all up to you.

That’s right, there are times when you will find that when you are asking for guidance on working on your writing career that you will find what works for one person may not work for you. This is where a bulk of the solitary writing life begins, because it all comes down to the style.

One example of this is the initial work, you know planning and outlining. While this may work for some it may not work for all. Case in point, I do not like outlining. Outlining is a pain for me. However, coming up with lists of ideas for what I think will be good ideas for a story, I’m there. This is what works best for me.

I can’t tell you how many times, when working on the initial ideas for The Raven Prophecy, I started with a list of ideas and then worked on that initial paragraph and then from there my work grew from there for then I created my character list.

Now before I get too far ahead of myself, this is not the way that I work through all of my projects. Sometimes, an Idea comes to me based on what information I have and I start writing away. It all depends on that initial spark that you get.

While this also works for some, it doesn’t work for all. It all depends on how you work. It’s also like some like to work straight away on the computer, while others tend to like the old fashion pen and paper. I can honestly say that I like working on the computer, putting my fingers to the keyboard and working that way. Granted, this has changed over time, for I use to be a pencil and paper type. But after looking at the side of my right hand all covered in lead from wiping and smoothing out the writing on the paper, I transitioned to the computer where I don’t have left over pencil on my hand.

But if that is how you prefer to work, then that’s how you work. In this business, every one has their own ideas of how to get organized and practicing their craft. Granted, let’s face it every writer no matter their style has some of the same tools in their arsenal. I can name a few, a good pen, a pencil or two, a journal/notebook, and highlighters and books. Yes, books!

Let’s face it without books, we would not want to be writers. I also can’t tell you how many times you are going to get the advice, if you don’t read then how are you going to learn the mechanics of writing. This is everything from structure, vocabulary to dialog, grammar and most importantly the way to tell a good story.

Sorry, because if you don’t know the mechanics of how to tell a good story you will lose your reader and the point of our job is to engage the reader and sometimes challenge what they know of the world. Granted, there is also entertaining them but a good story will not only entertain but will challenge them. Once you challenge that reader to get to the end of your story then you know that you have touched them and you have done your job.

I have talked about what our job is as a writer before, but mostly in that post I said that it all comes down to crafting our story worlds and working on our craft. However, over time my answer to the question has changed in two fold.

The first part is the job that we need to opt hold ourselves too, which is to practice and work on our craft. The second part is that we need to as I mentioned above is to engage our readers in ways of entertaining them, not only letting them escape from their every day lives but also challenge their thinking. Not only about the world that they know and live in but also the with the world that you created. But also comes back to us as writers, in that we need to also challenge ourselves. Granted, most of what can come up for challenges in some ways come with in the later drafts unless you are crafty enough to work it/ weave it through the first draft.

These are just things to mull over while you are dreaming or thinking about your writing dreams. While you are thinking over these items, keep in mind that things are not set in stone and you can always change your writing preferences all while working on your craft it’s all up to you. Think about it this way, this is were you get to be independent from all the others in the sea of writers.

I hope that you have found today’s post helpful. Until next time I hope that you all have a happy writing day!

Spilling more Hot Chocolate: #SplashGate anyone? In other words here we go again…

Dear friends, I have just learned that the word “splash” has now been trademarked. Over the course of some time we have seen the devilish #cockygate which died after the author pulled back on her copyright infringement claims on the word “cocky” but now we have to worry about the word “splash.”

Here is where I sit on this, “splash” really can’t be trademarked since it was the title of a movie back in the 1980’s; however, if this claim is successful in being pursued I think Disney might have something to say on the issue and here we go again folks for another episode of:

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Granted many can try on their claims for these type of things but as a community, we should take offense that there are authors/writers out there that want to limit the community as a whole from using words that have been used for years and years and thousands of books.

The last time that we as a community dealt with these type of issues, and I’m talking about #cockygate, the writing community as a whole had a massive blow up and this was the start of many of the issues that we as writers face within our community.

Yes, our community can be great but like so many communities out there are, we also  have some bad seeds. I will say that a post that I did some time ago about spilling the tea about authortube has been popular over time, and still continues to be, sheds some light on the issues that have come up over time with the authortube community.

Here is a link to the blog post if you would like to read it for yourself: https://moonspinner3books.com/2018/10/25/spilling-hot-chocolate-over-the-latest-drama-authortube/

All of this drama is one of the reasons why I said that I had enough with the community. Granted, there is still more drama going on with authors on authortube and some other places that author’s use for the platform but enough is enough.

When I first joined this community of online writers and as an aspiring writer, the message that came over loud and clear is “I want to help writers like yourself to succeed.” Granted, there are still some that say that but then there are others that bring on the drama like if you don’t do something like I do then you’re a bad citizen of the writing community.

Sorry, not everyone goes on the same path with their writing. Some aren’t young when they start their first novel, some are just as old as my parents. But that part doesn’t matter, what matters is this plain and simple: don’t make the barriers to enter harder for anyone. It wasn’t hard for you to get into writing so make it hard for others?

Yes, you might be sitting there reading this and thinking, “Wait isn’t this simple ethics? or like the Golden Rule?” Why yes, it is. Think about it treat others as you want to be treated. If you want to be a traditionally published author then deal with those barriers and those gate keepers that like to look at trends and tell you what you should be writing. But if you want to be an independent writers and be self-published then help others and suggest things that work instead of tearing down writers.

 We all want to succeed in this world of writing, but if you make it hard for someone and they run from their dream then you have already started hurting this community.

Granted, from the beginning with this site I have stated time and time again that I want to help writers not hurt them. But when I post things like this, it’s to help them understand what we as a community are facing at the current moment. Do I like posting these things? No, for it hurts me. I get angry and upset and that’s not what this is for me. This is my place to escape from the realities of the world, and like I have posted on here before too writing is an escape. It should be relaxing and enjoyable but when things like this drama come up, it adds more pressure on us writers then helps to relax us.

That’s how we should think as a community. Help other writers rather than hurt them. Granted, on many of the writing groups that I am a member of one book keeps being brought up, and that book is “Children of Blood and Bone.” I, for one can honestly say that I am not quite over what this author did back last year, and I even wrote a post about it:

https://moonspinner3books.com/2018/11/30/here-we-go-again/

Here is a brief overview on the topic, the author tried to claim that Nora Roberts was stealing titles. Now pay attention, children, Nora Roberts wrote a book titled, “Of Blood and Bone,” which came out a year prior to “Children of Blood and Bone.” Now think, how can some one steal a title when it came out a year prior to someone else’s book? You have given it some thought and are probably thinking, “That’s not how it works.”

Here is the other thing on this, both authors’ works were published by the same publishing house but under different imprints.

Granted, the author did apologize to Nora hours after the fact, but the issue remains that she did not correct her readers on any of the facts, for they still to this day go after Nora for the author’s cries of foul. I’m sorry, but when you make a claim like this, and even if you apologize, you should call out your fans and also make them apologize for their actions. I know it’s hard but it would go a lot further in this community with one simple act instead of sitting around and doing nothing.

Maybe I should let it go, but I’m not quite ready to since her readers have not let their tirade towards Nora Roberts has not been let go either. Yes, damage has been done and done and continues to be done. But we as a community need to find a way to come together instead of falling apart and being further apart then before.

Over the years we are told that writing is a solitary job, and let’s face it is. We write alone, we come up with our ideas alone and at times we have no support, and yet we are told that finding a community of authors/writers is away to come out of that solitary life and make it worth while. But if more episodes like this come up, we are still going to be solitary in our writing pursuits.

Sorry, if this was not a happy topic, but it needs to be put out there. I hope that in the mean time that you have a happy writing day! But just be careful for a using the word “splash”.