Navigating the Writing Path: Start to Finish – I C Publishing Summer Blog Tour

Scroll_Quill_BlueA big thank you to author Douglas Owen (creator of the Spear series of novels) who invited me to participate in this blog tour, and another thank you to the sponsor  I C Publishing  Twitter hashtag for the tour: #ICBlogTour.

1. Share how you start your writing project(s). For example, where do you find inspiration? Do you outline? Do you jump right into the writing? Do you do all of your research first? My inspiration frequently derives from readers who comment that they wish they knew more about this or that event or person etc. I don’t outline, I’ve tried and at this point it stifles more than it helps.

2. How do you continue your writing project? i.e. How do you find motivation to write on the non-creative days? Do you keep to a schedule? How do you find the time to write? There is always “time” for things you consider important, so it becomes a matter of arranging/organizing to allocate time. Motivation comes from, again, reader enjoyment. One reader who “wants to know what happens next” jump starts motivation for sure. Other than that, stubborn perserverance. My parents taught me that “if you start a project, you finish a project” and in the absence of other motivation, that training still operates.

3. How do you finish your project? i.e. When do you know the project is complete? Do you have a hard time letting go? Do you tend to start a new project before you finish the last one? I tend to have multiple writing projects on the story-stove all the time. A story/novel is complete when I reach the end. When I write, generally it is the end that I know before I begin and the writing is to discover how the characters arrive at that point.

owl14. Include one challenge or additional tip that our collective communities could help with or benefit from. I read many blogs (writing and other) and see (as we all do) multiple tweets. I noticed what I thought was a strange phenomena. When a pronoun was used to refer to an individual within a profession (be it writer, veterinarian, etc), the pronoun “she” was used 99.9% of the time. I contacted multiple bloggers and tweeters about this phenomena and asked ‘Why?’. The response was that if they used “he” they became the object of flame-wars and were labeled sexist (whether they were male or female) and had other derogatory terms applied to them. Such outrage did not occur if they used “she”. Even using a mix of “he” “she” was not tolerated. In order for the message of their blog/tweet not to be submerged by the flames, they acquiesced and used “she”. Exclusive use of either “he” and/or “she” is sexist unless referring to a specific person. My challenge to others is to be a wise owl and look to yourself and your biases before slinging insulting labels and bullying others. If you are opposed to “sexism” then be opposed to ALL sexism.

Below are some of those who will carry the torch next week on July 9th and who will regale you with their stories, ideas, journey, joys, heartaches and inspirations. Check their links and watch for their blog posts:

Clifford Rush, a husband/wife team who have one story Stack_of_bookspublished and will be releasing their novel, No Mind Has Conceived, this year. Visit their website and watch for their blog post on July 9th here.

Wade J. McMahan, the author of the Richard Dick mysteries and a soon-to-be released historical novel set in Ireland. Visit his website and watch for his blog post on July 9th here.

Thank you for stopping by, and hope you enjoyed your visit. Ya’ll come back now! 🙂




8 thoughts on “Navigating the Writing Path: Start to Finish – I C Publishing Summer Blog Tour

  1. Thanks for asking me to tag along!

    Did I do this? “Below are some of those who will carry the torch next week on July 9th and who will regale you with their stories, ideas, journey, joys, heartaches and inspirations.” Hmm. Dunno, but I did something!

    • Wade
      Enjoyed your post 🙂 and hope you did at least give the URL for those you tagged. I enjoyed reading your post 🙂

  2. Susan, so funny about the “she” pronoun. While in college in 1981, my professors never allowed us to use “he” for the generic. Instead, we were supposed to use “he/she” – slash and everything. Now over 20 years later, it would look totally goofy! I guess we do change with the “times.” Thanks for posting!

    • Hi, Carolyn,
      Thanks for stopping by. Might look silly/goofy, but in many ways it would be preferable to using one over the other if the person cannot think of a better way to phrase it.

  3. Good for you for persevering. I agree to finish what you start. But once in awhile a story comes along that just gives me too much trouble. I may not quit but I’ll put it back on the shelf and let it sit as long as necessary. Great post and looking forward to the installments by the next authors.

    • Aubrey
      Thanks for stopping by – glad you enjoyed. [And yes some do simmer on that back burner for a long time – think Phaedra was there for a year or so].

  4. I love the idea of your ‘story-stove’ — with this Kalieri tale starting in one pot, another story brewing over here, and other ideas simmering on the back burner.

    • Danielle
      Thanks for stopping by — you have a story stove too (I believe). I seem to recall a first chapter of a spy/thriller novel you posted which I suspect is on one of your back burners :-).

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