(The picture above is of Cardiff castle it was originally built by the Normans in the 11th century and since then has been remodelled throughout the centuries.)I've read blogs professing that when it comes to writing a successful one, don't write about yourself all the time and then there are those that chant, but make it personal so that the reader feels as if they can relate to you!
I started writing a blog as a CHALLENGE to myself. A way to hold myself to account for my progress or lack of, in regards to my writing. I set myself the goal of completing my first ever YA fantasy novel back in ooh 2009....2009. So long ago now.
And, I'm still working on it.
The point is I guess, that I'm still writing and writing for me is a long process. I know I've said this before, but it takes time, determination and an unwavering belief in yourself that you can do it. You also have to absolutely love what you are doing.
There are a few lessons I have learned along the way about blogging and writing and I wanted to share them with you today.
Write, when you have something to say. I can only write when I have an infernal need to get something out of my head and onto paper or the computer. It's like a tiresome itch that needs to be scratched and it only feels better when I've written it down. Don't, feel under pressure to write every day, unless you have something to say.
I believe it doesn't matter particularly what you write about as long as you show us some love. I don't care if you write about the flea ridden cat, the nosey neighbour, how to bake a Victoria sponge or a book review, write with passion. Make it interesting. Make it funny or sad. I want to be emotionally sucked in and then I'm yours.
This is an important one, it's easy to sit at the desk tapping away regardless, unaware of the affect our writing has. We push the tiny button that says publish and by the power of the Internet our work is out there for everyone to see. Everyone. That's a pretty large audience my friend. Needless to say, I could harp on about my experiences in this area, but I cannot stress enough that as with any piece of writing you have to review and edit. Be certain you are saying exactly what you want to say and that it makes sense. I'm sure most people are forgiving for the odd error, but depending on who your targeted audience is, you will lose respect and followers if you make errors continually.
4. Respond to comments
If an individual has spent the time reading your work and left you a comment, you are blessed. In a world of countless blogs, someone has deemed yours worthy of their precious time. Don't you just love it when you get that email. Well I do. The fact that someone out there has connected with me and has found something to say about my work is reward itself. Whether, what they have to say is good or bad, I'll take it with open arms. But, you must reply to say thank-you, it's only polite.
5. Toughen up.
Mostly, I receive positive feedback, but I've had a few comments that have made me wince. This is part and parcel of being a writer, you put your heart out there and bare your soul and not everyone will love your work. Deep breath, chocolate and for me a strong cuppa. At the end of the day you have to consider other opinions, you never know, you might learn a valuable lesson. It's hard, but I take from feedback what I can use to make me a better writer. I don't get out the steak knives and plot the person's demise that has given me a less than glowing critique. And, I try not to take myself seriously. I work hard, but my family keep me on track, they are what is important.
Some personal facts about me.
1. I was born in Cardiff City in Wales but I cannot speak Welsh.
2. I'm a shortie at only five-foot.
3. I used to make rings out of Swarovski beads and sell them at craft fairs.
4. My star sign is Leo and I am a very determined lady who hates to fail.
5." If music be the food of love play on." Shakespeare Twelfth Night. I love music and cannot be in world without it. One of my favourite bands is Muse.
6. I love to sing and dance.
7 I love to write about anything to do with romance and as such I read a lot of romance novels, however I love a good thriller just as much.
8. My weakness is chocolate.
9. I believe anything is possible.
10. One day I will visit Tuscany because it has been calling out to me for years.
Next week my progress with my WIP until then that's it folks.x