The Bayou Book Junkie featured a great guest post from Freddy:
The hardest part for me as an author is finishing the story. Not because I don’t want to. Life interferes more often than I wish it would, but it also has to do with me as a writer.
The best thing you can do for yourself as an author? Finish the damn story.
It puts me in quite a conundrum then.
I know what I need to do for my stories. I have plot points I know need to hit. I have characters talking to me. I have arcs working themselves out. I need to finish…
Freddy is also popping up at Jessie G. Books:
The hardest part of a story isn’t the idea. Ideas happen all the time. But there is a different between an interesting idea and what makes a story. Ideas can lead to stories, help form them (or inform them), and be the spark of creativeness a story needs. Still, ideas aren’t stories. How often have you read something and said, “That was a great idea, but…” or “There were some great ideas in the story, but…”, and the end result is that it feels like the story is unfinished or rushed or unsatisfactory.
So the question is: what makes a story?
A story is a narrative of connected events or experiences designed to interest or instruct the reader…
And the Freddy posts keep coming. 🙂
Werewolves. Elves. Vampires. Dwarves. All pretty familiar creatures to a western reader. What they look like, how they act, what they mean have changed over time—and they should. Any growing and living culture that adopts mythos and folklore as there own is trying to give meaning to it that is relevant to them. They are modifying the known to fit the ideals and hopes, or sometimes, fears of the time. The storytellers carry the legends on, giving us something familiar and new.
It also means we as readers have background knowledge to draw on. That we have specific ideas or expectations of what the creatures will be like in certain genres. It can be a comfort to the reader and allow them to escape…
We’re also on the Sue Brown blog.
And finally, Toni stops by the Divine Magazine blog for an interview:
Toni Griffin here from the Mischief Corner crew. Thank you so much for having me today.
Are you working on anything at the present you would like to tell us about?
At the moment I’m trying to finalise edits on a story I wrote earlier this year in preperation to have it submitted to a publisher *fingers crossed*. Up next on my plate, is Keiran, Atherton Pack book 4. For all those readers who have asked me about this book, it is coming, and I can state with some asurity that it’ll probably be the longest story I’ve written. Be sure to check back in for reglar updates.
What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?
I don’t know if it counts as a quirk or not, but I usually like peace and quiet when I write. A lot of authors put out play lists for their different books, but me, I can’t concentrate if i have music or the TV on. I don’t know how others do it. It’s a very rare occastion when I’ll be able to write with tunes on in the background.