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The frankest and freest product of the human mind and heart is a love letter; the writer gets his limitless freedom of statement and expression from his sense that no stranger is going to see what he is writing.

Mark Twain’s Autobiography, 1959 preface

Sometimes writing a book is like writing that love letter…write it as though no one is going to see it. Write what your characters truly feel and do not let worries of critique creep in. That can hinder a good book.

KW

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The secret of getting ahead is getting started.   ~~~   Mark Twain

Such a great quote from one of my favorite authors. I can remember being intrigued with Tom Sawyer and his little boy charm. His character made me think truly that must have been like the life my father had led once upon a time!

KW

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Today I am contemplating a complete change to my writing cave. This decision hits right in the middle of a writing session and at a crucial time in my writing…but it is something that I have come to realize is affecting my own creativity.

First, do you notice how I refer to my office as a cave? For years it was my escape, sort of a home away from home where I could go and let my mind wander to the worlds of my characters, my imagination would take flight and there would be words flowing onto my pages. As time passed, as I became more of a mom, a caregiver, a person who didn’t say “NO” when asked to get involved in other projects (although that is not a problem I usually have, I actually am hard to corner when it comes to group projects) but, for some reason, I often seemed to be the go-to person for other projects.

My office became a room filled with boxes, with things that ‘need to be done soon’, with insurance claims that needed to be filed or to be tracked, with family things that no longer fit within the confines of my home. It became a closet-hoarder’s home away from home. You know the type, my home may be fairly clean and pristine but open the door to my office and find my memories stacked in boxes, or in neat little piles (maybe some not so neat), or things that need to be done soon but are hiding away there until I can find the time (energy?) to tackle whatever else comes along.

BUT…..this affects my writing. I sit and stare at the blank page and the characters in my story seem to scream at me to get those insurance forms done so they can thrive! LOL, almost like they are trapped in their stories behind a fence built of forms and boxes which keeping them from escaping.

My major spring cleaning in my home has been done, the animals are fed and happy, the laundry and kitchen are clean and out-of-the-way. My cave…..needs the same attention. It is MY place and my characters place that I share with my beloved writing and it has been sorely neglected.

I promise myself now this will soon no longer be a cave, but a writing haven. A haven with lots of lightness and inspiration, a home for my happiness and my creativity. Wish me luck folks, I am actually looking forward to a newer space with inspiring colors and room to breathe. Heck, it may be hard to get me back into our den after I’m done.

This may not be such a bad idea, just more writing from me…..for you,

KW

Writing is love, a mission and a calling, and how and where and why you write are very crucial issues.   ~~  Lynn Sharon Schwartz

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Wishing you a Happy New Year 2015! May all your dreams come true! I am actively working towards mine… this is a BRAND NEW YEAR with endless possibilities! ~~Karen Ware

Whether you are an author who has published or is seeking to be published, this is the perfect day to look at your resolutions and aim for the stars. I want to make it my year to shine!

KW

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What do I want to be when I grow up? When I was a little girl I was asked this question and usually replied with a host of different occupations~~depending on the age at the time and the current vogue occupations. What did I want to be?

As a little girl I can remember having the same dreams most little girls had. I wanted to be a dancer or an actress or a singer and make movies and be on television. I also wanted to be a mommy with a big house and a beautiful yard…very much a fulltime job on its own. Sometimes I wanted to be a cowgirl and sometimes I wanted to be other people…guess this would go under the actress category!

I wanted to be an airline stewardess throughout most of my teen years. The thought of traveling to distant lands and exploring our country appealed to me and I knew as a stewardess I would spend endless hours traveling as my job but I’d also have access to great benefits which included air travel for little or no expense! It was the time of the great international airlines, Pan Am was my airline of choice…Delta was my national airline of choice. Unfortunate for me, the minimum age requirement was far above the 17 years old that I had been at graduation. And as I grew older I developed a fear of heights…not a great way to start a career flying the skies!

I considered law enforcement. My family for generations had law officers in one capacity or another. My father had been a cop, my great-grandfather had been a jailer, my uncle had formed a K-9 unit for a large city, more family than I can recount had positions on forces locally and away…I loved the investigative nature of the job and I had always felt a strong connection to these roots. Unfortunately, yet again, that didn’t seem feasible with my aversion to the drama and the seriousness of the scenes that I would have seen. Nope, not for me.

My vocation for many years dealt with accounting and bookkeeping…lots and lots of numbers! I was good at it, but it had never been my first choice as a career. There came a time when I knew this, too, was not a career for me. I could fill a book with advice on the detrimental stress and anxiety of working in a field that you shouldn’t be in. But that is an entirely different story.

My point is, throughout all these years I loved to write. As a child I would keep diaries, as a teen I’d write stories, as a young adult I kept journals and wrote long flowing letters and dreamed of the characters I’d see forming in my imagination. As a mother I took pride in the creativeness of my children and, perhaps because of my interest in writing, encouraged them to seek creative outlets. I continued to love novels, especially romantic novels, and to dream of a future…perhaps as an author.

Today, I write. I follow that elusive dream of being an author. I have kept my eyes open and learned about how to structure my stories, how to bring not only my characters but the places they reside to life, how to use social networking, about how to submit manuscripts and to write queries. I have even submitted work before…and I continue to imagine worlds of characters. Deep within, I believe this is what I was meant to be. I’ve learned that I am not the first in my family…going back many generations…to love to write. I doubt I will be the last.

Never give up on your aspirations!

Just being me,

KW

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Most writers speak of their muse. Maybe it is a person or place or thing that inspires their work or a ‘state of being’ that comes over the writer that speaks volumes to him/her as the words flow onto the pages. I have to admit I have often ‘mused’ about this feeling. My personal muse is nothing tangible…it is just a feeling. But after reading and talking with other authors about their own muses…is mine simply the need to write?

I would love to hear from other authors about where and when their muse appeared. And, honestly, I’d love to know what inspires your work…what is your muse?

I am inspired to write at peculiar hours…perhaps at 3 a.m. on a quiet night or in the midst of a beautiful thunderstorm or early in the morning just as I finish my breakfast. Different scenarios in my work are inspired by different things. Hey, perhaps that quiet night or that thunderstorm or that great sunrise is my muse?

My late maternal grandmother was a teacher. My late paternal great great grandfather wrote his own life story of growing up and being in the Civil War. Maybe these ancestors have influenced my own thought processes, perhaps they are my muses. In fact, I feel they are definitely influential in my writing. I never met either, but I too love to put words onto paper. Maybe it has been an inherited need to write…a tiny piece of them that continues on in me.

Whatever it is for individual authors, we all have that overwhelming need to write. I believe inspiration comes from all sources, if you look hard enough. And, I believe that teensy spark that I feel in my mind when an idea seeded from that inspiration becomes a need to write…that teensy spark is the muse. Is that my inherited need to write? Is it my curiosity has sparked my imagination? Or is it just my creative imagination cranking into gear?

It is truly a bit of it all. I am curious about things, I have a vibrant imagination and I learned at an early age the wonder of books. My muse is life…wish I could capture it all on my pages,

KW

 

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Letters from Memphis!

I had a blast interviewing Sandy Falcetto about her new book, Dear Diary: An Elvis Fan Remembers! She is a delightful lady who followed her dream to meet and get to know the King of Rock and Roll during a great time in his career.

She is getting ready to attend Elvis Week (this year it is August 10-August 18 and information can be found at Elvis. com) in Memphis and will be available at the Dolan House address for you to buy her books (and for personalized copies).

If you cannot make it to Memphis, she has provided the following information for those of us who want to read her book and will want to purchase them direct from her:

S A F Author Inc.

P O Box 724

Portage, IN  46368

She says to make payment in checks or money orders in US dollars! The cost, which includes postage is:

USA  $26.65

Canada:   $27.25

All others:   $33.35

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Front cover of Falcetto’s book

Again, thank you so much, Sandy, for sharing your experiences in this book! We wish you a happy time in Memphis and great success with your book.

She does have a Facebook page at Sandra Ann Falcetto –  Author!

KW

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