Those two syllables are responsible for fear, terror, and many sleepless nights throughout every generation of students. Whether you were in a 4th grade literature class, a 12th grade English class, or a college level writing class, you may have been one of those souls who had an allergic reaction to that word. Upon hearing the sound W-R-I-T-I-N-G, it would trigger spaced-out syndrome, fidget-in-your-seat condition, or nervous-ball-of-concern disorder.
Maybe you still have these reactions in your 30s, 40s, or beyond.
What’s fascinating is that a whopping 80% of Americans want to write a book.
Why then is writing so terrifying? Here are 2 common reasons. more “Unleashing the Writer in You”
We’re so excited and privileged to share inspiration with you from our conversation with indie author K. M. Shea. With over twenty novels published to her name, K. M. Shea started writing in eighth grade and hasn’t stopped since! She has worn many career hats including journalist, library staff member and newsletter editor, but her most favorite is as a fiction writer which she’s happily been able to do full-time since 2014:
1. Are there 2 or 3 favorite authors that you feel were influential in inspiring you to write? What impact have they had on your writing?
Vivian Vande Velde, C. S. Lewis, and Jane Austen are three of my favorite authors who had a profound impact on me, and consequently my writing. Vivian writes primarily fantasy, but she commonly attacks dearly held fantasy clichés, and her stories are the sort that make you laugh out loud. I learned a lot about presenting humor by reading her books. Jane Austen was the author who taught me romance can be fun, and C. S. Lewis stoked my love of high fantasy—which you can see in all my fairy tales. more “Ask An Author: K.M. Shea”
“I think covers are extremely important. The cover of your first book is like your wedding dress if you’re a woman: You want it to represent who you are, but you want it to make you look much better than you normally do. And you only get one first book. I can’t think of an apt metaphor for men. Your first book cover is like… I don’t know, your first car?” Mark Jude Poirier, author*
“As the owner of a website that promotes eBook deals, I receive a lot of self-published submissions. When I sort through these books, more than three quarters are rejected in the first three seconds. Why? The book cover is poorly designed.” –Jeff Goins, author/blogger
more “Your book cover will be judged, so choose well!”
It’s commonly believed among the literati that anyone who has reached the age of 18 has had enough experience in life to write the great American novel.
A provocative claim that has the power to change the way you see your potential in writing, doesn’t it? What makes this possible and what short-circuits the writing process for so many? What keeps that originality from finding its way to your brain and spilling out all over your word processor?
I was a late-blooming college freshman at the age of 35 in an English Education major at SUNY Oneonta, New York, when I first came across the “title” quote attributed to E.M Forster. Immediately, I was captivated. I felt a surge of energy buzzing through me as I connected with what Forster was saying, because I was uncovering the same thing:
The writing process is a mining operation of the mind.
“To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme.” Herman Melville author of Moby Dick
• Ever wonder what makes for big writing?
• How do writers attain that epic, stand-the-test-of-time-long-after-I’m-gone, kinda writing? The written-likes of which leave readers with a heightened sense of awe, as one having set off and come back changed from a singular journey, experiencing breakthroughs in their own creativity, and even a restored hope in humanity…?
• Is epic writing something only designated for fiction or can non-fiction be epic-ly awesome as well? Shall we explore together?
“No man is an island, entire of itself every man is a piece of the continent a part of the main…” John Donne, Poet
I believe this truth is vitally essential to live in response to – as a person and more importantly, as a writer. If every life is meant to be affected by others, connected in a larger way – where your input has value in my life and informs what I do for good or for bad, to inspire and teach and vice versa… Well, wow now. Think of the massive potential to reach our fullness as artists, writers, creative explorers and human beings to impact the world when we realize the power to get from here to there lies in me knowing you and us sharing what each has learned day by day…