Emerging Writers Guest Post #35 – Evan Sutter – reflections on life’s difficulties

Posted by on May 19, 2013 in Guest Posts

Evan Sutter always liked to write, ever since he created and wrote a small sports magazine in primary school. He reconnected with writing when on the road travelling and keeping a history of places and experiences, this then transformed into ‘insipid magazine’ an online pop culture publication and later ‘journalistic thieves’. He would love nothing more than to create a platform to foster ideas and debate and share them with the public. Creating and writing new ideas via ‘journalistic thieves’ and ‘scribbles on the wall’ are some ways he is trying to fulfill his passion for writing. Scribbles on the Wall (Non- Fiction) Scribbles on the Wall is a reflection on life through experiences, observations, mistakes, regrets and successes, provoking debate, fostering ideas and raising opinion on everyday happenings; from alcohol and drugs to sex and religion, health, friendship, travel, community, lifestyle, work, study and everything in between. Our society is becoming more and more superficial and materialistic with every new ad campaign that storms into the younger generation’s faces. Magazine covers are littered with thin, perfect bronzed models; every ad targets our insecurities and persuades us to believe that without the latest trend we cannot be ‘cool’ or ‘popular’. Instead of creating people of unique substance and style we encourage conformity. In a world of cutting edge innovations and technological breakthroughs we still suffer from chronic unhappiness, a result of a desire for fast, short term fixes. Simple lives and simple pursuits replaced with fast cars, big houses and over-complications. Evan Sutter’s latest work give a candid view of an obtainable life path in given with observed morals and teachings from tantric Zen to the anecdotes and parables from people of peace and serves as a positive guide to reflect and better your subconscious. Issues and questions I had wrestled with throughout the course of my life where continually popping up in the lives of my younger family and friends; I never intended it to come to light in the form of a book, but merely some thoughts for reflection which could potentially foster ideas, raise opinion and provoke debate. It was then that this book began to gather some strength, when my three older brothers, much more experienced and wiser then I could ever wish to be, provided insights and observations based on their contrasting experiences. Divorce rates are soaring, the developed world is facing monumental new health challenges, more people are consuming alcohol at younger ages, youth violence is on the rise and more people are being treated for depression than ever before; we felt an obligation of sorts, without adding to the already over -abundance of preaching’s and teachings, but rather through simple opinions and ideals from the wisdoms of experience and observation, open for interpretation whichever way you feel fit. I felt there was a need for something fresh and real that could resonate with a younger audience. I felt other books whilst touching similar topics offered a very generic viewpoint and a somewhat soft approach...

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Emerging Writers Guest Post #34 – Eric Johnson – A Look into Speculative/What if Fiction

Posted by on May 15, 2013 in Guest Posts

Eric Johnson is a speculative fiction author working on the A Life in After World series. You can follow his blog at www.ALifeinAfterWorld.com, his Facebook at Facebook.comALifeinAfterWorld, and Twitter @ALifeAfterWorld. What if? Look at the world around you. Now look at it and ask yourself, “What if?” You will start to know what it is like to be a speculative fiction writer. “What if I came to downtown after two thousand years, what would it look like?” “What if people had to live in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico on an oil rig for years?” “What if you could transfer your mind from an old body to a new one?” Every day when I am working, watching the news, or just driving from one place to another I am constantly asking myself, “What if?” As soon as I ask these questions a multitude of answers come forth. Mostly they are just conjecture that I can dismiss with a swift application of logic, but some turn into interesting ideas which lead to story ideas and eventually they evolve into a book. You can do it on anything past, present, or future and a whole world of possibilities opens up to you. My “What if?” is this: What if all electronic technology failed for thousands of years and humanity had to survive without medical, farming, transportation, or any technology reliant on electronics? My “What if?” answer to this is that it caused humans to evolve into many subspecies each with its own distinct advantage for survival. Look around, ask yourself, “What if?”, think about it, write about it, and tell your story. You can follow Eric’s blog at www.ALifeinAfterWorld.com, his Facebook page at Facebook.comALifeinAfterWorld, and Twitter @ALifeAfterWorld. To buy: A Life in After World: Roe +++++++ Thanks Eric. What if is a great question. I wish you well with your journey. This guest post is part of a series where I will be showcasing emerging and established writers on this blog. You can help by visiting their sites, buying their books, sharing this post on Twitter and Facebook and coming back for the next post. You can also follow this site (click the button above right), to be notified by email on who is next in a few days time. And if you are a writer and want to be featured send me an email lob@yourasms.com and I will send you the submission guidelines. And please support this site and the promotion of writers by buying:  The Istanbul Puzzle & The Jerusalem...

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Emerging Writers Guest Post #33 – Frank Daly – Writing Titles

Posted by on May 12, 2013 in Guest Posts

Frank Daley has spent many years in the communications business in Canada in radio, TV, journalism, and theater as a writer, host, commentator, actor, director, and producer. He has an MA from Northwestern University in Chicago in Theatre and did post-graduate work in film and psychology at the University of Milan, Italy. He’s taught drama, psychology, communications and writing at universities and colleges in Canada and the U.S. Now he’s starting a new business on personal development focusing on self knowledge. www.selfknowledgecollege.com. His blog is THE DALEY POST. www.thedaleypost.com. He’s also editing the final draft of an historical novel called The Barricade (or…?). His topic here in this guest post is “writing titles.” Writing titles is a combination of writing, editing, marketing and magic. A title has to attract attention fast on a bookstore shelf and on a website. Scale, clarity impact and, often, familiarity, count. The title can arrest, engage, startle, intrigue, or create curiosity. It can make you laugh, reflect, or think. It can indicate a genre, style, historical period, location, a character in some kind of trouble or several of those simultaneously. I’m thrashing out those factors while editing the final raft of a historical novel, Barricade: The Battle of the Long Sault. Set in Montreal in 1660, it’s the story of a surprise, week-long battle on the Ottawa river when 17 French soldiers and forty Huron and Algonquin allies, under the command of Adam Dollard des Ormeaux, were attacked by 700 Iroquois en route to destroy Montreal and the French fur trade. It’s an “Eastern/western,” dealing not with the old west but with the wars between the French explorers and the native tribes in what is now Quebec and Ontario. Think Canadian Alamo or Horatio at the Bridge. The working title refers to the meager redoubt the French occupied to fend off the attackers coming down the Long Sault rapids in war canoes. The French had gone up-river and were met by a massive attack. Title problem: Barricade (The Barricade?) is generic. No magic. Barricade: The Battle of the Long Sault, could create either curiosity or irritation. The French word “sault” (for rapids) is archaic—although intriguing. The city of Sault Ste. Marie in Ontario obviously likes it! But how does a non-French speaker pronounce “sault?’ (Salt? Soult? Sawult?) You could easily imagine people just saying to heck with it. (It’s pronounced “soo,” by the way). WHAT ABOUT A SUB-TITLE? All Non-Fiction books have subtitles—the promise that fulfills the title statement. You probably don’t want that in fiction, yet there are novels with sub-titles. (Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the Modern Prometheus and many others). The Barricade: Dollard Des Ormeaux and the Battle of the Long Rapids? Quebec has a provincial holiday named after him but non-Quebecers never heard of him. No name recognition there. How about… • The Barricade: The Battle of the Long Rapids? • The Battle of the Long Rapids? (Weak?) • Barricade: The battle that saved Montreal. Unambiguous, but it sounds like a non-fiction account and also foretells the ending....

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Emerging Writers Guest Post #32 – James N. Roses – Dark thoughts that light up a page

Posted by on May 5, 2013 in Guest Posts

Dark thoughts light up the page. I will let James tell you his shade: I have spent too many years of my life abusing alcohol and recreational drugs, but thankfully, a few years ago I sobered up completely in preparation for the arrival of my son. I love the creation of stories, and although I spend days and weeks and months working on a plot, it’s the emotions of my characters that I really enjoy delving into. My first published novel, ‘Get Clean’, really has my heart and soul poured into it. Although I feel a bit naked by putting a story out there that contains so much of my life, I’m happy with the book, and a little proud of my first writing achievement. Now also available is ‘Son of a Serial Killer’. This story was born in my mind when I was going through a difficult phase in my life. I felt let down by the person closest to me, and I was angry and upset. What better way to expel those emotions than to throw them into a book? You can follow me on twitter, with updates on upcoming releases and also a little humour based on current affairs and so forth… @JamsNRoses Below is my post on dark thoughts. The dark thoughts that can run through the mind of the broken-hearted, the deceived and the lonely need a way out. To keep these emotions bottled up inside won’t do any good, especially to a sentimental person, any psychologist would tell you that. Some people under these pressures take to running in the streets, until they’re physically drained and tired enough to sleep off their worries until another day. Others just want to fight, to smash things up and break them into a thousand pieces, showing everyone who doesn’t seem to give a damn that there’s a lost soul that needs saving. I’ve wanted to lash out, too, but didn’t have the balls to hurt anyone. And I wasn’t crazy enough, no matter how upset I’ve been, to consider self-harming as a viable option. I can’t really run due to myshin splints, so what to do? How to get these raw and powerful emotions out of my system? I put every single emotion I went through in that depressing period of my life down onto paper, scribbling away as the tears fell from my cheeks and distorted the words that I’d just written. ‘Son of a Serial Killer’ isn’t about my life, per se, but it captures all the pain, all the anger, and eventually all the relief that I felt during and after my darkest of days. A common tip given to writers is to write about what you know, and if you’ve felt the most powerful of emotions, like heartache or love, joy or pain, then these are the vital ingredients that a book needs to have that ‘realism’ that people often talk...

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Emerging Writers Guest Post #31 – P.J. Roscoe – Is writing a type of schizophrenia?

Posted by on May 1, 2013 in Guest Posts

My name is P.J Roscoe.  I have been writing since I could hold a pencil, a cliche I know, but it’s true. I love telling stories that will bring joy to those who read them. Using my imagination: a place with a castle – Echoes, Time team – Freya’s Child, the river – Where Rivers meet, Apples –Clare and the Apple tree fairy, my daughters hatred of brushing her hair – The Magic comb and so on… I am the  author of two novels ‘Echoes’ and Freya’s Child’. Both are supernatural/historical thrillers. Both have characters in them which once published, I mourn. When the story is ended, the characters have played their part, the final page is turned and the reader (hopefully) sighs, content, yet a little sad that the adventure is over and then (hopefully) begins searching for another book (hopefully) of the same author…and the journey begins all over again. I, the writer dance the same dance. Yet for me, once the page is turned, the back cover faces me, taunting as I realise, it’s all over. The characters, so real, so life-like- in my head, have gone, walked away, to entertain the world. They are no longer only mine and mine alone, they are free to become whatever the reader dictates. Where I will conjure one image, theirs may be slightly different. Would I recognise their version? I wonder? I have had long conversations with my character’s, getting to know them, their every last detail. I hear their voices as they come alive on my pages. I know what works for them and what they would never say. I know each person’s behaviour, their traits, their bad habits and their deepest, hidden desires. For am I not their Mother, their friend, their creator, their destruction (if the plot demands they leave). I mourn them. Each one. I grieve for my babies and find it difficult to write for a while as I allow the grief to take hold…I cry, I yearn for them and I wish for the pages to be empty once more and to feel the excitement of the beginning, like a new lover – and then I am free to write again. To begin the process of building new relationships, tantalizing, frightening and following where they might lead…because they are real…aren’t they? Echoes on Amazon – Paperback or ebook Freya’s Child on Amazon – Paperback or ebook P.J. Roscoe on Goodreads On Twitter Web site +++++++ Thanks P.J.. I  know what it’s like to feel your story slipping away after you finish it. For me it’s such an enveloping thing, writing, I feel as if something has been taken from me when I finish a novel, as I have recently done. But here’s one thing to cheer you up! You can always go back and edit it! Just one more time! This guest post is part of a series where I will be showcasing emerging and established writers on this blog. You can help by visiting their...

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