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Truth is such a rare thing, it is delightful to tell it.   ~~~   Emily Dickinson

Enjoy this writing day, friends! Spring is such an inspirational time to find that creativity inside you……let the words flow!

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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If you want to be a writer, you must do two things about all others: read a lot and write a lot…reading is the creative center of a writer’s life…you cannot hope to sweep someone else away by the force of your writing until it has been done to you. ~~Stephen King

I grew up loving to read… and I read all sorts of books. Mysteries, romances, books too scary to read at night, you name it… I loved to read. I recall wanting to be Nancy Drew, to be the heroine in Victoria Holt’s novels or to complete the ending of Gone With The Wind. It was those thoughts and those ideas that began to transpire into a need to write.

Keep your creative processes going!

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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One question that is heard these days around the writing circuit is, “What is your brand?”

At first I felt the question needed a question from me. “Brand? My shoes?” Maybe they recognized the clothing I wore, maybe they just were dying to have a pair of jeans like those I wore, or maybe even they admired a piece of jewelry. No…these days I hear more about branding even though I had always felt it was more obvious what type writer was, well, what.

I know one writer whose brand is vampires. She writes romances based in the world of vampires and sorcery. That’s cool. Another writer I know is marketing to young adult readers. She writes books of romances mainly between couples in their really early twenties. I’ve even seen some young adult romances with characters in their late teens. And yes, I know authors who love to write erotic romances as well.

Brands are definitely important, I suppose, if you meet a group of writers and want to establish exactly what each author writes. Do they write Regency, Victorian, Westerns, contemporary? Do they write about vampires or zombies, do they write about high society Regency couples or modern couples in middle class America? Perhaps they write strictly about a certain part of the country or a certain sub-genre. Maybe their work is sweet, perhaps it is a bit spicy…perhaps it is incredibly erotic.

I’d grouped writers into categories most of my life…never realizing I was actually branding them in my head. But, to be honest, knowing the brand you represent and the way you market your books based on that knowledge gives you an idea of what you will do once your book is ready for the public. At conferences I’ve seen authors wearing clothing that defines their work…many are often in character for dinners or events. Victorian dresses, vampire teeth, boas or supernatural characters are not that unusual. It definitely shows me what books these authors write. I love how easily I recognize their brands!

Yes, I am beginning to see the way branding works for writers. As in any other profession…it is good to know how to market your work and to whom. By identifying your specific brand you are able to reach the right demographic for your book.

I’m still learning about how to build my brand…

What is yours?

KW

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