As I create a vision of this space as a place of communication, connection, and learning, I am excited to welcome Elizabeth (Buffy) Greentree, prolific drafter and fellowROW80sponsor, to chat a bit about her newly-released book, The Five Day Writer’s Retreat.
Everyone is welcomed and encouraged to leave a comment, and, as a little added incentive, Buffy is offering a free PDF copy. =)
And now, I set out a fresh tray of assorted goodies and beverages, pull out a chair, and welcome Buffy…
I’m Buffy from 100 First Drafts – Becoming a Prolific Writer.Shan has very kindly agreed to let me appear on her blog to encourage you all in your writing endeavors. Some of you may be thinking that you don’t have any writing endeavors, but in the modern age that is extremely unlikely. What about the emails and tweets that you write? Or the birthday cards and shopping lists? Writing is all around us, all of the time. However, you are right, there is a big difference between just writing and choosing the lifestyle of being a writer. One is mundane and boring. The other is exciting, full of possibilities and adventure.
Being a writer is not about publishing books or doing book tours. Those can be the results of being a writer, but they don’t have to be. It is an attitude towards the world. It is the expectation that somewhere, right now, a great story is unfolding. It is opening yourself up to seeing the magic in everyday life. A bus trip is not a boring waste of time, it is a chance to study and discover new characters. The woman sitting next to you might just be an old lady buying tuna for her cat, or she might be on her way to a meeting of a secret organization planning on taking over the world. Watch her closely. Look at the packet of sweets she pulls out and carefully sucks on. Are you sure they are just lemon drops?
Then there is spare time. Spare time is wonderful if you are a writer. Doctor running late? Fantastic! A queue at the bank? That’s great! These are all moments that you can rejoice in. But so many choices! Do you pull out the book you are currently devouring? Or a pen and paper and finish that steamy love scene? Do you take notes on your surroundings (eventually one of your characters will be stuck in a queue)? Or do you do the most basic and essential of all writing tasks, daydream? Five minutes of letting your mind wander can turn up enough ideas for a whole novel.
Eavesdropping is no longer socially prohibited. For a writer, it is almost mandatory. So is trying as many new things as possible. I had to take a few boxing lessons so I knew what one of my characters would learn as she started doing them. I’ve also had to do research into how to make stained glass windows, how to rebuild a motorbike (does not actually seems as hard as it sounds), terminology for 19th century ships, as well as appropriate expletives for that period. I’ve gone to pistol ranges to try out different types of guns, gotten my motorbike license and been to health retreats so I could report back on their effectiveness. And you should see the list of things I want to do next!
Everyone has to write these days. However, only the clever ones work out that being a writer is so much more than that.
To encourage you if you are thinking about how exciting it might be to take on a lifestyle of writing, I’m offering a copy of my new ebook: The Five Day Writer’s Retreat. It is the first in a series of six books which will take anyone from thinking about writing to being a prolific, published author (if that is your dream, it will also help with creating web content, writing essays for study, or even just making up bedtime stories for your children).
It is available on Amazon for sale, but I’m giving a gift copy to anyone that signs up to the newsletter at the series website: The Five Day Writer.
If you would like to win a copy here at shanjeniah, leave a comment below. One of Shan’s children (as impartial as it gets!) will pull a commenter’s name out of a hat, and the winner will be sent a PDF copy via email. Winner will be announced in next Monday’s post!
Enjoy your writing lifestyle!
- When Everything Else Deserts You, You Still Have Your Will Power by Buffy Greentree (aroundofwordsin80days.wordpress.com)
- A Writer’s Dilemma: Staying True to Your Characters and Your Voice by Juliana Haygert (jillarcherauthor.wordpress.com)
- Tempestuous Trust -ROW80 Update, 3/10/13 (shanjeniah.com)
- Mindy Newell: Slayers, Swans, And Hunters (comicmix.com)