Wednesday, 2 November 2016

What do you enjoy about writing?

 "What is your favourite aspect of being a writer?" That's this month's Insecure Writer's Support Group question – and it's an easy one for me to answer.

It's the writing part! I love how we can write about what we like. It doesn't matter if we want to tell the truth or make everything up, whether we prefer haiku or epic novels, or both, or something else entirely. We can create whole new worlds, or fix this one. 

Being able to change our mind is good too. If, after 30,000 words, we decide to alter our character's name, or sex, or age, or outlook on life, we can do that. If we feel we'd like to attempt scriptwriting, poetry, articles, or short stories then we simply open a new document and start typing away. 

The fact that I have two new books coming out before the end of the year perhaps shows how much I enjoy writing and the variety it offers. No Family Secrets is a collection of 25 short stories and From Story Idea to Reader is a non-fiction book I've co-written with Rosemary J Kind. The writing for both is done so it's time to start on one of the less fun aspects of writing; marketing our work. 

Ah well, I'm doing a cheat's version of Nano – 30 short story drafts in 30 days. That should keep me happy.


What do you most like about writing and what are you currently working on?


52 comments:

  1. Congrats on your 2 books coming out! Good post, I agree about being a writer we can change our minds and our words, until publication.

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    1. Yes, it's best if we stop doing it then, Cathrina.

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  2. Super news, Patsy!! You have been busy. Altering names is something I do a lot of. As characters develop, they tend to choose their own name rather than adopt my given name :) Good luck with your mini NaNo - have lots of fun.

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    1. I've started letting them pick their own now, Nicola. Saves time not to agrue with them.

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  3. Congratulations Patsy. You are an inspiration to all writers, whatever their level.

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  4. Congratulations on two books! Be sure to let me know when they're coming out so I can help spread the word.

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  5. Congrats!! I've always thought it would fun to team up with another author. Here's to NaNo, no matter how you do it!

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    1. It's a very different way of working, Jennifer.

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  6. Congrats on the books.

    We can change our minds and with just one press of a button.

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    1. Yes, much easier with a computer than when it was all written by hand.

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  7. Congrats and best of luck on your book releases! I definitely love the writing part. Though sometimes it is more effort than others...

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  8. I agree, the writing itself is definitely the best part. Do you have a particular aspect within writing that's your favourite? I love the emotional bond you build with your characters, it's got to be stronger than any bond you feel with your favourite characters from someone else's writing. Good luck with NaNo!

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    1. I like finding out what happens, Bonnee. Even when I plan a story there are parts I don't know when I start writing.

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  9. The writing part is my favorite, too. How could it not be? :D

    Congratulations on your upcoming books!

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  10. Two books before the end of the year! Way to go, Patsy! Congratulations! Wow, three exclamation marks. I've outdone myself. Happy for you.

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  11. Ooh I love the idea of doing 30 short story drafts in 30 days! What a fun idea. Or should I say, novel idea (bad pun, I know). Congratulations on the TWO books!!! That's awesome!

    Cheers,
    Jen

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  12. Hi Patsy - congratulations on your two new books ... the "From Story Idea to Reader" ... looks an excellent reference book ... while the 30 short stories is perfect for NaNo .. cheers Hilary

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  13. Yes, I like the idea of 30 short stories. I change a lot of names, too. My current protagonist is now on her fifth, and the title has changed 3 times. Only the hero has kept the same name all the way through. Mind you, I still have at least 10 chapters to write so he'd better look out.

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    1. He could become the bad guy by the end, if he doesn't behave himself, Gail.

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  14. I do love that a story can go anywhere. I have never written a single novel that didn't zoom and take off in a different direction than I intended.

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  15. What a great idea, to write thirty short story drafts for NaNo! Go girl and I'm sure they will be awesome.

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    1. Not sure about awesome, but I'm sure some will be worth working on.

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  16. Congratulations on your two books. I'm not a fan of changing things at 30K words, but sometimes it has to be done. Sigh. To your point, at least we can.

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    1. Yes, better if we don't have to, but good that we can if that's what the story needs.

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  17. 2 books! Wow! Congratulations. Isn't it great that we have the freedom to write what we want. Like your version of NaNo. Super!

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    1. Thanks, Diane. I've done Nano the proper way before, but this version suits me better this year.

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  18. What do I like about writing? I like playing with words to produce a piece of writing that entertains the reader. What am I working on at the moment? I'm writing a book about when I lived in Fiji. :)

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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  19. Congratulations on your upcoming two books! I enjoy writing short stories and like how you changed the rules for Nano!

    Julie

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    1. Thanks, Julie. Short stories are what I want to write at the moment, so that's what I'm doing.

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  20. Haha...is the cheat version allowed? I love the writing part of writing too and the fact that we have total control over the looks of the character and how their life pans out. Good luck with Nanowrimo! (Visiting from ISWG)

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    1. No, Ruchi – my version isn't allowed! I'm not doing it officially through te site, just as a personal challenge.

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  21. Best of luck with launching your two new books. How exciting for you!

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  22. Congratulation on the two books, Patsy.

    I've always loved how words can be used creatively, but mostly I enjoy creating the story of my characters and giving them a happy ever after. :)

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    1. It's lovely to be able to do that, Carol.

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  23. Oops, forgot the congrats on the new books! Congratulations.

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  24. Well done on the short story book as well as the other one, Patsy - very productive! I'll be glad to get my new novel out tomorrow as I have a children's one I'd like to finish and at least one novella to finish at some point.

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    1. And you think I'm productive! Congrats on the book launch.

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  25. I'd say the fame and fortune... But it wouldn't be true! Nothing beats seeing your story in a magazine or being sent a letter from a reader telling you a particular story moved them.

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    1. It is a great feeling when someone says reading something of ours cheered them up, isn't it?

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