"Remember the phrase, GET REAL! In poetry, we can get real quickly by throwing a problem on the page and defying the reader to solve it by the end of the verse. Poetry is often frighteningly REAL, and readers of poetry like real and keep coming back for more. I'm not talking blood and guts, but if blood and guts are real to the poet, then they will be real to the reader of the poem. One concise description can bring a poem to life. One action that leaps from the page can leave a wound deep enough to scar. If you want to write poetry well, GET REAL and allow the reader to GET REAL with you." ~ Freda
Stevie Nicks, "Why Writing is So Important." http://youtu.be/NFSMIla9SpE
"Is your story good enough to tell? Well YES! What matters is how it is written! Find what you have in common with others, and put your own spin on why that is important. Readers love to anchor themselves in a writer who shares something in common with themselves. They will wait anxiously for the next book in a series if the characters ring true to the needs of their individual lives. Readers live vicariously, and they want to identify themselves somewhere in that scenario." ~ Freda
Yellow roses stand for friendship. Give yourself plenty of them!
Dr. Ken Atchity with Freda
Listen up if you are having difficulty publishing your book! The face of publishing changes by the moment! The Story Merchant, Dr. Ken Atchity, a personal friend of mine, tells it like it is about your book, your efforts to publish, and what the alternatives are in this constantly changing publishing industry: http://youtu.be/FlF5RgV4Sho
"Don't be hasty when choosing an agent or publisher for your book. You'll want one who is in tune with what you are trying to share with your readers, and one who is personable enough to call or write a note of encouragement as you are struggling to make the masterpiece fly! Professional support and calming reassurance in the middle of a publishing storm is everything!" ~ Freda M. Chaney
"Are you a disciplined writer? Do you commit a certain amount of your time daily to writing? If you do, you are either very disciplined, or you love writing, or both! But that is not enough to get you published. You must also commit time to finding the proper markets for your particular genre before submitting your manuscript. DO THE WORK and STAY COMMITTED to becoming an author. It isn't easy, but anything worthwhile never is easy!" Freda M. Chaney
"An author authors a book, a writer writes, a dreamer dreams, a leader leads, an achiever succeeds in reaching a set number of goals. If you combine all of those elements, it's a written recipe for a thoughtful life plan." ~ Freda M. Chaney
"I seek the sounds of words strung together like raindrop beads freezing along a jagged line at the gutter's edge. I build upon each bead until the icicle is fully formed. No common man could bring it down without the gutter loosening along the roof's length, spitting screws ten feet into the sleeping shrubs. As a young poet, I began my love affair with words, and though I'm an author now, my passion for words trails with me, line upon line, until the plot is fully formed and has exhausted itself to the bittersweet END." ~ Freda M. Chaney
Try writing short-short stories in a notebook. If you write one per day, you will be amazed at how many story ideas you will have at the end of one month! This also provides you with the creativity that writers need to bring to paper to hone their skills. Keep it short-short for now, and develop it later Write on...