My Imagination


To this day very few people from the past would believe that I would be anything like I am today.

I was considered by my family to have my head in the clouds. Maybe even a little odd. They all knew that my imagination was wild. I didn’t focus my imagination that they could see. I lived in a fantasy world.

It was not until about 2003 or there abouts that I started writing. I put my imagination to work in tje form of a story.

I knew nothing about writing but according James Scott Bell you can be taught. Which by the way, he is the best of several to make you understand the mechanics of writing, along with Stephen king’s On Writing, Bob Mayer is another one I have recently discovered. Writers digest, and Writing Basics are the magazines.

I learned what I needed to know to become a better writer. Don’t get me wrong I am not Nora Roberts, or Tracie Peterson. I am a person with a dream that is coming true. I am taking the first baby steps to what I hope will be a long career.  I write stories your parents can be proud of. Whether it be our Father God,or my parents, Avis and Norman Qualkinbush.

So learn everything you can possible learn about the craft never give up on learning or your dreams . (Besides it helps you sleep at night .)

I have an ANNOUNCEMENT


I am Pleased to announce that on 8/14/2012. I signed a publishing deal with Boroughs Publishing Group for my story  GREASE STAINS AND LOVE SONGS.

Boroughs Publishing Group is a e-publishing Publisher.  Just when the story will be out for sale. It is to early to tell. I will keep you updated as I find out.

I again want to thank everyone that has shown Faith in my writing.

Blessings,

Gwyn Weyant

 

Questions from New Writer’s or People who don’t have a Clue?


As a writer we have found there is so many things that has to be taken care of.
Do we blog or do we not, But if we don’t how can we build a platform for people to follow.
Do upgrade from a blog to a website, and how do we know the time is right to do so.
Do we hire an editor? Isn’t that what the publishers do?
When do I win a contest but How do I enter a contest?
Do I have the right not to send in a book that is requested by an agent if I’m not happy with it? What if it’s my only chance to get an agent?
How do I know what I should be writing about? Do I have to stick to one Genre?
Can I call an agent and pitch my story on the phone?
I’ll just go self publish online and I won’t need a anybody but me. (If I had a dime for every time I have heard that I’d be at least a cup of Starbucks coffee richer)
(Grammer Lessions I writes good enough I don’t need no editor,Why would I need that?)

All experienced authors, novelists, agents and publishers have heard everyone of the above questions. So Here is my response to all of them.
1. There is no manual for the answers to these questions. The answer is Read everything you can about writing. (Specifically the three Following. Stephen King on writing, Anything by James Scott Bell, and Writer’s Digest books and magazines)
2.Listen to people who are successful (network in groups like American Christian Fiction Writer’s and the Romance Writer’s Association)
3.Read some of the agents blogs, and websites- know what they want before you approach them. It will be the best way to not feel foolish.
4. Watch the You Tube videos by James Scott Bell they will give you invaluable information on how to proceed.
5. Contests yes after you have polished every word. twenty times and spell checked a minimum of forty times.
6. Blog or not to blog or turning to a web site to build a platform- I have heard pro and cons both ways.
7. Never Never Never Call and agent to pitch a story. Read their website for how to pitch them a manuscript. IT IS UNDER SUBMISSIONS
8. Read everything again on publishing on online. (again Writer’s Digest, James Scott Bell)

Remember: Read, Write, keep the Faith and Believe in your work, and Believe in Our God and Jesus

Blessings

My writer’s library must haves.


This is my first article on writing. I am comparably new at this whole process. I do know certain truths and I’m sure that any writer, novelist, author will agree to this next statement. Everyone has a list of must haves in their writing library. I am also sure that everyone who has a writing library will have their own personal opinion on what is to go on to that list. So please understand that this is my list. It is not set in stone. It is what I feel has helped me on my journey into this wonderful world that we as writer’s try to navigate.

Books: ( These are in no Particular order. Not even alphabetical)

Stephen King’s- On Writing: If you enjoy reading Stephen King and have always wondered how he really is. This book gives you insight to the man. He talks  about his life from childhood through the accident that nearly cost him his life. Right smack dab in the middle of it he teaches us how to set up a writing tool box. Which contains everything from grammar tips, helpful concepts about how to put together thoughts on plot and character. He even talks about getting rid of adverbs.

James Scott Bell-Plot and Structure.

James Scott Bell does an amazing job of making a complex ideas easy to understand.
 He goes into some detail on Beginning, Middles, and Ends of a good novel,( in a book of 245 pages approximate) He can not go into much more than general ideas. But those general ideas have carried me a lot further than the tedious in depth books that have nothing to say.
He gives you ideas, techniques, and practice exercises on plotting, crafting the story, tightening up your editing and how to pourthe suspense on for more than a brief two sentence paragraph. He also helps you understand the structure of a book.

James Scott Bell- Revision and Self-Editing

As with Plot and Structure James Scott Bell takes the bite out of Revision and Self-Editing of you novel that has been your baby for the last six months. He explains how to look at that Work-In-
 Progress and be able to put it into three acts. Each with its own unique qualities that will make your novel better. He explains Theme and the use of it. He also gives you solid information on (POV) Points of View. He again give you examples and exercises and techniques to make you a better writer.

Jeff Gerke-The art and Craft of Writing Christian Fiction

Mr. Gerke is founder and publisher of Marcher Lord Press a christian publisher for alternative fiction, He takes us through each of the Major  parts. Character, Show vs. Telling, Point of view, description, and Dialogue. He brings up question for you the author to ask yourself. Why are you writing this and is it for the right reasons. (Mind you there are no wrong answers just ones too make you stop think about.)

the Complete Handbook of Novel Writing 2nd edition- by the editors of Writer’s Digest

A Compilation of articles from Writer’s Digest Magazine  on techniques, point of views, How to’s, and all the neat things that you come to expect from Writer’s Digest. Quotes and interviews that you might have missed. Informative and easy to read all in a easy to handle book.

A Merriam-Webster Dictionary and Thesaurus– A good dictionary and thesaurus is as good as an whole library in my book (You choose the one you prefer) it has dates, mini-biographies, usually at least a pencil sketch of someone or something your looking at. and the usual definitions.

The Holy Bible- King James Version (My opinion again) The holy bible is good for inspration no matter if you are using it as a reference or as a cry because you have edits due and not enough time to do them in. (version is strictly a matter of choice.)

A style Manual-Chicago, or Strunk it doesn’t matter as long as you have it and use one. It will answer those tiring questions on, comma’s, quotation marks, and so many other punctuation and grammar questions.

We are in this business because we love to write. Why not be the best we can be. I have tons of other writing books. The one thing I have learned is if you can a glean a single kernal from a book than that book is never wasted.

I know that there will be others that don’t agree with my list. Hey that’s okay this is just fodder for you to chew on. Then go get the ones you believe and make your own list.

Blessings all

Gwyn Weyant