Writing is a Lonely Profession

Writing can be a lonely profession. Most of my days (when I’m writing anyway) are spent on my sofa, usually in my pajamas with my laptop on my knees working on something or other with various internet windows open for research or procrastination purposes. I’m always content when I’m like that. I do what I love and that’s what’s important. However, there are times when I realise that I might have spent an entire two days (my two days off work) doing this and that I haven’t been anywhere or seen anyone or done anything. Sometimes I’m fine with that but sometimes I’m not.

I have to remind myself that there is a life outside of both work and writing and that I need to take time to explore it and have fun. It’s important to do that.

Inside of the writing world, when I’m spending days in front of my computer, I realise the importance for contact with other writers. When I first started out I had a couple of people I talked to, who knew what it was like to be a writer and how lonely it could be. As my work has expanded and my social circles within the writing community developed, I realise that I have friends all over the globe. Most of them are in America and I know one very special couple that always keep me going from Carolina. We talk daily and it means the world to me, not only to have someone who understands what I do and who I can talk to about writing, but someone I can just talk to as a friend.

I signed up to do an author signing down the line but has led me to make friends with those authors who I’ll be sharing a room with for twelve hours and more recently, I began talking to a man in my very own UK who I’m going to be sharing an anthology with. After some general chit-chatting and realising how similar we were in some aspects, we’ve decided to do a collaboration on a short story. That’s something I’m really looking forward to.

I guess what I’m trying to say is embrace the people you talk to, get yourself out there and don’t be shy. Although we all have times when we have our introvert selves come into play, we have to have a strong social network of other writers and authors to prevent the loneliness creeping in.

What are some of the things you do to prevent isolation when writing?

Less Than Nothing by R. E. Blake Review

Less Than Nothing (Less Than Nothing, #1)Less Than Nothing by R.E. Blake
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When I picked up this young adult book, I wasn’t sure what to expect. It’s nothing like I’ve ever read before but let me tell you, that’s not to mean I was disappointed. I was very pleasantly surprised by this young adult novel!

Sage is a young seventeen year old girl who, after having a bad home life and choosing to leave, finds herself street homeless and singing for her keep every day. Things are tough but she gets by. Then she meets Derek, a young man in a similar position who convinces her that together they will not only make more money but sound great. At first she’s skeptical but when Sage takes him up on the offer, she’s surprised by how well they work.

Sage has to battle the normal intricacies of being a teenage girl and everything that comes with it along with being homeless and trying to survive. She’s a very likeable main character. She’s smart, tough and fiercely independent which I like to see.

The book takes the reader through the tough challenges the two face and we’re constantly left wondering what will happen. A great read that I would definitely recommend!

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Review of Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (Niki Slobodian, #1)Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by J.L. Murray
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When I picked up this book, I didn’t know what to expect but I was immediately hustled into the world of Niki Slobidian. She is an Abnormal living in a world where Normals persecute those who have abilities and powers seen as unnatural. She’s put on the registry to be watched closely but when a case opens after a Dark is released from a portal to Hell, she regains her normal life back and begins this mission to find out why and how the portal was opened.

This first novel of the series had me intrigued from the beginning. I was drawn to Niki as a very strong, female lead. She was fiercely independent and passionately caring about, Sofi, the woman who brought her up, she knows she must solve the mystery and find out why her dad is involved. It’s very clear there’s a lot of story of Niki that we don’t know yet but I have to say I’m looking forward to finding out.

The novel moved at a very quick pace, full of action and intrigue that kept me guessing and wanting more. I’ll be back for more from this girl!

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Putting the Present in the Past

Have you ever edited something where you decided to change the tense it was written in? This is the first major work I’ve decided to do this for. I’m busy editing my novel, The Devil’s Playground, and when I originally wrote it, it was in first person present tense. I think it’s going to work better in past tense and so now I’m starting to make those initial edits. I’m two chapters in (well technically, one prologue and chapter one) and it’s not proving to be an easy feat. It seems that my brain is getting confused very easily and I’m constantly questioning myself as to whether I’m actually writing the right thing in the right tense at the right point. The thing is, if I was writing this from scratch I know I would have no trouble. I can tell this initial edit is going to be long and probably tedious. If you see me on facebook too much, kick me off please! I need to slog through this so I can move onto the second round of working on plot lines and characters.

So far tonight I’ve hit 1700 words in edits which I think is good for my first go at it. Let’s just hope it keeps up!

The Haunting of Secrets by Shelley Pickens

The Haunting of SecretsThe Haunting of Secrets by Shelley R. Pickens
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In this novel, Aimee is a young sixteen year old woman who not only has to battle with the normal intricacies of being a teenager and a loner at school, but something she calls an awful curse that she has. Whenever she touches someone’s bare flesh, all of their secrets are revealed to her and she tends to avoid people for this reason. However, when a bomb blows up the school and someone accidentally brushes past her, she realises there’s a killer at loose at school and she must do everything to find out who it is before the next victim turns up.

Haunting of Secrets is a good mystery novel filled with supernatural elements and surprises. Aimee is a good character that I felt I could follow throughout the novel, she was strong and independent and didn’t let anything get in the way of what she wanted.

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Review of Dark Tales from the Den

Dark Tales from the DenDark Tales from the Den by Dona Fox
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Dark Tales from the Den is a chorus of short stories that explore the depraved nature of human beings as well as the possibility of supernatural life. Dona Fox brings her tales to life through vivid description and story lines that made me want to read on long into the night, but also sleep with the light on. I was afflicted with nightmares after reading Crawl Space, which is a first for a long time. The shorts in this wonderful collection left me querying the people around me while questioning the existence of things generally not seen. This is a well put together book with something for everyone, if you like being scared!

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