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Do this, do that!

Many writers are concerned about their “platform,” sometimes forgetting to take time to write their books it seems, some of them haven’t even written a book to start with.

Nothing wrong with being prepared but when I hear so many saying they haven’t got time to WRITE, the balance seems all wrong. Ah, balance, always a tricky one.

It seems though that there is so much advice about promoting yourself that writers become obsessed with it, questioning their every moves be it about what they’re writing , how they’re writing…

So it’s confusing out there, you’re not sure who to listen to, what do you do?

Write, of course, that is the whole point, isn’t it?

Write, write again and then worry how you’re going to promote yourself. Make contacts, talk to people, sure and don’t forget to listen to your gut instinct. You’re the one writing this book, either you can or you can’t, but nobody can tell you how to write.

Author to Author with Rochelle Melander

Welcome to Rochelle Melander, CEO of Write Now! Coach, a writing, editing, and coaching practice that she founded in 2001. Her 10th book, Write-A-Thon: Write Your Book in 26 Days (and Live to Tell About It) will be released in October 2011. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Where do you most like to write?

I write in my home office, next to a window, so I can watch the squirrels, birds and the neighbor’s cat when I have writer’s block. I live in a college neighborhood, and my office window overlooks a duplex filled with college students. Over the years, I have been treated to many more risque sights and sounds than squirrels and birds. My other very favorite place to write is at my friends’ home on Coronado Island in California. I love to look out at the lemon tree and smell the ocean as I write!

  • How much does real life inspire or shape your writing?

Tons! I am always revisiting my life experiences in my writing work. Since I mostly write nonfiction, I often use my daily experiences as a jumping off point for the writing I do. I am currently working on a novel, and I am finding that I do the same thing. I am planning to host my first Thanksgiving dinner ever in a few weeks. It just so happens, that I have given the characters in my NaNoWriMo novel the same challenge. This way, I get to look up recipes during my work time and get a double benefit out of it.

  • Plotter or pantser?

I land somewhere in the middle. I usually have an idea of the general plot line, but then I develop the specific plot turns and scenes as I write. Sometimes I stick to the original plot lines, sometimes I don’t.

  • The dreaded writer’s block, have you been struck with it or blissfully spared?

I’ve had massive bouts of writer’s block and have finally figured out that writer’s block usually means something. Here are the likely culprits: 1. I am tired. 2. The book’s structure, plot, or topic is not working. For either crisis, I take a break from writing that piece and do something else. (Take a nap, do laundry, play with kids, walk in the park.) When I come back, I am usually able to write or find a solution to the book’s problems.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As the Write Now! Coach, Rochelle Melander coaches professionals, executives, writers, business owners, and aspiring authors. Write Now! Coach Rochelle Melander values the power of writing to change the lives of writers and readers. She teaches aspiring authors how to make time to write, shape their ideas into a book or product, sell their work, and navigate social media.

 

Write Now! Coach evolved from Ms. Melander’s related careers as an author, feature writer, copywriter, editor and coach. Rochelle writes a popular Ezine, Write Now! Weekly Writing Tips, blogs regularly, and hosts the Write Now! Mastermind Class

 

Find out more:

Rochelle@writenowcoach.com

http://www.linkedin.com/in/rochellemelander

http://www.twitter.com/writenowcoach

 

www.write-a-thon.com

www.writenowcoach.com

The link to the book trailer is:  http://bit.ly/WriteathonTrailer

 

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Game, Set and Match with Morgen Bailey

 

Today, meet the lovely Morgen Bailey. I met Morgen on Twitter and she very kindly interviewed me prior to my book launch. She’s a fab interviewer so now it’s her turn to answer a few questions.

Morgen Bailey is a writing-related blogger who hosts the weekly Bailey’s Writing Tips audio podcast, two in-person writing groups (based in Northamptonshire, England), is the author of numerous short stories, novels, articles, has dabbled with poetry but admits that she doesn’t “get it”, and is a regular Radio Litopia contributor.

She also belongs to two other local writing groups (one of which runs the annual HE Bates Short Story Competition) and when she’s not researching for her writing group, writes a bit more, is a British Red Cross volunteer and walks her dog (often while reading, writing or editing) and reads (though not as often as she’d like), oh and sometimes she writes.

And I thought I was busy! So here it is, five questions to find out more about this very busy lady.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Born with a pen in your hand or writing came as a shock brigade? Semi-shock. I’d always loved writing (Stephen King and torch under the duvet as a teen) and English was my best subject at school but I’d never considered it as a career until I took Sally Spedding’s (www.sallyspedding.com) evening classes. And even then it took another four years for me to realise that I didn’t want to do anything else (literally!).
  • Any writing quirks? Yes, I love second person viewpoint. It only really tends to lend itself to short dark pieces (which suits me) but it’s the intimacy I like, which is probably why monologues are also a favourite. I also can’t write with pencil; maybe I worry that it’s going to rub out. And the pen has to be a good one. It doesn’t have to be expensive (one of a pack from Poundland is current favourite) but it can’t stutter or scratch. If it does it goes in the bin.
  • Plotter or pantser? Definitely a ‘pantser’. I don’t think I’d heard this term until I started doing my interview and now hear it all the time, I love it. I plotted for my first NaNoWriMo novel and it didn’t go far off track but it made me realise that I needn’t plot too much because once I’d created the characters they took over. I’m lucky in that I have more ideas than I can handle, and rarely get stuck, so I set the iPod to classical and once the hands start typing the only thing stopping me is time… or lack of food… the dog needing a walk, Twitter… Facebook… I do have a vague idea of what I’m going to write about and sometimes have the start, middle and end because in the main I write short stories but even for the likes of the 50,000 words needed for NaNo I don’t worry about getting to the end. What it’s like when I get there is another matter but then that’s where the editing comes in. I also don’t stick to any one genres so that helps keep it fresh.
  • Are you a disciplined writer? Do you make yourself sit down every day or do you write in bursts? I’m disciplined when it comes to the blog I have so many people (the other authors) anticipating their pieces (guest posts, interviews etc) to go up that I get it done pretty much on time (every morning and evening) but rubbish with my own writing. I need deadlines so things like NaNoWriMo and Story a Day May (http://storyaday.org) are the best way to get me writing in chunks. Otherwise it’s my fortnightly writing workshops (usually three or four 10-15 minute exercises) and oddments in between.
  • Paper or laptop? Ideally laptop because my typing speed is much quicker than my handwriting (which itself isn’t bad but I realise how slow every Monday workshop) but I find it easier to edit on paper; a different part of the brain apparently.


Everything Morgen is involved with is detailed on her blog http://morgenbailey.wordpress.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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