I am honoured to announce that this week's post is by guest author, Karen Ingalls.
Karen is the author of three books, two of which have won awards.
Her first book, Outshine is about cancer (ovarian specifically) and was written to provide hope and inspiration. It is the winner of the Indie Excellence Book Award.
Novy’s Son is her first novel about a son searching for his father’s love and respect. Unfortunately he used anti-social behaviors of lying and cheating to get his father’s attention.
Karen's second novel, Davida: Model & Mistress is based on the true story of Augustus Saint-Gaudens and his love affair with his model. This book won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award.
Karen is also a retired nurse and has a master’s degree in human development. She has two blogs, is a member of Rave Reviews Book Club and Rave Writers International Society of Authors, and does public speaking.
Karen is giving away one of her books to a lucky reader who leaves a comment for this blog post. The lucky reader can choose which of Karen's books they would like to receive.
Karen has written a very interesting piece which will appeal to the author in all of us and hopefully help us to get a move on writing our first or next book!
WHERE, WHEN, & HOW by Karen Ingalls
I ask the question: where, when, and how do you write? It is interesting to read the different answers from well-known and new authors. The answers to these questions may inspire or have you re-think or say, “I am satisfied and happy with my answers to those questions.
According to a blog from WiseInk (www.wiseinkblog.com) here are some suggestions of places to write and/or be inspired
Many of these places provide opportunities to observe people’s behaviors, the way they are dressed or interact with others, and to listen to their conversations. Other places, such as Grandma’s house can give you stories.
For me, I often go to the coffee shop, especially when I need to concentrate. I am away from home distracted by chores I should or could be doing. There I have my favorite chai latte, people watch to some degree, and enjoy the ambience of no music or television.
J.K. Rowling did most of her writing at The Elephant House in Edinburgh, Scotland. The Vesuvio Café in San Francisco is where Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg did their writing. Author, Carole Radziwill finds inspiration in the lobby of the Mercer Hotel in New York City.
My biggest challenge is either finding or taking the time to write. Sometimes in the early morning hours, I creep out of bed attempting to not disturb my husband, and that is often a quality time to write. When activity in the house is quiet and doesn’t involve me, I am at the computer writing. Otherwise I must schedule myself for an outing to the coffee shop and just say to myself, “It is more important that I write than do laundry, shopping, cooking, or whatever.”
Author Haruki Murakmi states, “When I am in a writing mode for a novel, I get up at four a.m. and work for five to six hours.”
Ernest Heminway is similar when he shared in an interview with George Plimpton, “When I am working on a book or a story I write every morning as soon after first light as possible.”
“I awake at 5:30, work until 8:00, eat breakfast, work until 10:00….” This is from a letter Kurt Vonnegut wrote to his wife in 1965.
In contrast to most writers, Maya Angelou said, “I keep a hotel room in my hometown and pay for it be the month. I go around 6:30 in the morning. I have a bedroom, with a bed, a table, and a bath.”
Tied in closely to the when is how we each of us writes. I always have an outline, but not detailed, a list of characters, and a timeline. I write in Word finding it easier that using Scrivner. Then, I let my fingers go and not let my mind become cluttered with punctuation, spelling, or grammar. That comes after the first draft is done. If there are references I am using, I mention them immediately just as I have done here for this blog.
"Read it aloud to yourself because that's the only way to be sure the rhythms of the sentences are OK (prose rhythms are too complex and subtle to be thought out—they can be got right only by ear)." — Diana Athill
Quentin Tarantino “writes screenplays by hand. He buys a notebook and a bunch of red and black felt pens.”
J.K. Rowling “drafted her famous series about the boy wizard, she used good old-fashioned loose-leaf paper and pen.”
The long and short of it is that there are many ways to write. The important thing is that the writer does it in a way that feels right for him or her. Writing is a beautiful and enjoyable part of my life. The where, when, and how I write is my own individual way. Explore what is best for you.
I wish to say a big Thank You to Karen for writing her article for my blog post this week. I am truly honoured to have Karen participate in my blog.
Karen's Books (Click on the cover image for more information about each book on Amazon)