All posts filed under: Guest Posts

On Dealing With Rough Reviews And Rejection by S G Basu

S.G. Basu is an aspiring potentate of a galaxy or two. She plots and plans with wondrous machines, cybernetic robots, time travelers and telekinetic adventurers, some of whom escape into the pages of her books.Once upon a previous life on planet Earth, S.G. Basu trained to be an engineer, and her interest in science and her love of engineering shows up time and again in her books.Besides writing, S.G. loves extra-hot lattes, fast cars and sniping on auctions. Staying up late, sleeping in, and binge watching sci-fi movies also make her happy.She shares her home with a large collection of Legos, a patient husband, and resident inspiration and entertainer, her daughter. Okay, I admit it! I’m a shy person. But I’m probably not the only writer who’s said that. Most writers are solitary creatures and it makes sense that we are built this way. If I were the love-to-socialize kind instead, where would I find the time to indulge those characters in my head? Anyway, given my introverted nature it follows that one of the …

Writing Dragon’s Champion By Wynelda Deaver

It’s the second week of our Wednesday Guest Posts and this week it’s the turn of Wynelda Deaver. Dragon’s Champion should have never sold. In terms of simple professionalism, I failed. I failed hard. But I gained so much by writing Dragon’s Champion. Stories have always been how I work things out. Sometimes silly, sometimes strange—writing is where I have always gone to find my truth. For over a decade I held all of my truths tightly, too tightly for anything to slip through. Even once I left the toxic situation, dusted myself off and worked on working out my truths the words wouldn’t come. Start. Stop. Delete. Backspace. New Document. Nothing I tried worked, but at least I was trying. My fingers hit the keyboard regularly… some days my word count went significantly down. Down. Down. Down. And then I picked up a note book and pen. I wrote the first line of Dragon’s Champion. I loved Constance’s voice, and wanted to figure out how being tied to a tree by a merry band …

Writing As An Introvert: Guest Post By Rebecca Howie

Hello all you lovely readers! It’s time to kick off a new feature here at writing and works and that’s our Wednesday’s Writer’s Blog. Each week a new writer/blogger will take up the Wednesday spot to tell us about the toughest time in their writing journey so far and how they found themselves on the other side of it. As writers, we all face moments where we look at the page in front of us and wonder ‘what the f*** am I doing with my life.’ That is why Writing and Works is launching this feature. We’ve all been there and we’ll all be there again at some point. What we have to do is learn to deal with those down points and climb back up to the productive, happy, high points where we remember ‘Oh yeah. This is why I love writing.’ If you want to add your thoughts to the melting pot then check out our call for guest bloggers. So first up is the lovely  Rebecca Howie, author of The Game Begins …

Sarina Langer: Inside The Writer’s Head

This year Writing and Works has been embracing guest posts like never before. April saw a wonderful collection of bloggers talking about poetry and what it meant to them, with May slipping away already, we turn now to fiction and novels. Sarina Langer has just published her fist novel ‘Rise of The Sparrows’ and has been lovely enough to agree to write a guest post about writing and what she has learnt about the writing process. You can find more about her and her book at http://www.sarinalangerwriter.com and find ‘Rise Of The Sparrows’ on the Amazon store. When Carol asked me if I’d like to do a guest post for her blog, I knew immediately what to write about. I started my own blog nearly a year ago, and it’s also nearly a year since I started to take writing more seriously. I’ve learned a lot since then, and have enjoyed every second. … Well. Almost every second. I’ve always enjoyed writing, but over the past year I’ve really thrown myself into it and embraced every …

Guest Post Kristin Demoro

We’ve had a few blank days on the guest post front and I do apologise. Stepping up to the plate for our next Poetry Guest Post is Kristin Demoro. You can find more of her work at Princess K. Ann of Isbump – Confession of a Former Fairy Tale Princess. Hi, I’m Kristin Demoro, otherwise known as Princess K. Ann of Isbump (mainly to my friends and family). I’ve been writing since I can remember, and taking photos about as long as that too. It has taken me a very very long time to take my writing seriously, and not view my poetry as an excuse to not write other more “important” things. Writing (and looking through the camera lens) seems to be my way of processing my world and making sense of my life. I have lost too many people close to me over the years, and I sometimes retreat into my own little world, so writing can help to get me “out there” and connect with other people, as I do suffer from …

Guest Post Sarah Doughty

It’s Saturday and time for the sixth poet in Writing and Works series of guest posts for National Poetry Writing Month. Today we’ve got Sarah Doughty telling us what poetry means to her. Hi, everyone, I’m from Heartstring Eulogies, a blog dedicated to my writing. My name is Sarah Doughty and I love to write. It’s my therapy. It’s something that I need to do to help me cope, to help me through. It’s a hobby, but it’s more than that. Writing to me is like breathing. It flows in my veins and gives me hope. Hope that one day I’ll come out on the other side of all this darkness and agony that surrounds me. I suffer from extreme complex PTSD, and with that comes depression and debilitating anxiety. Commonly, if I don’t have a migraine, I have a headache. Every. Single. Day. Writing is one of the ways that I weed through all the pain, trying finding myself again. I’ve written a few (fiction) books, and soon a poetry chapbook will be completed, …

Guest Post – Chandri Asnani

Day Five for our poetry guest posts here at Writing and Works and today sees Chandni Asnani joining us. Her work can be found at her blog The Twilight Firefly. Hii people, I’m Chandni Asnani. I live in Indore, India and I’m currently pursuing B.Sc in Computer Science from the same city. I’ve always been passionate about writing and it’s almost been 10 years now that I started writing. It was like, I had no idea, no clue if I had any such kind of talent in me, I was just like any other normal girl, but that one day changed my life. I consider that particular day as the turning point, that one day just made me what I am today! It was one day when I was in class 4, my English teacher told me to write a poetry for the school magazine as I was good at her subject. So, I went home and suddenly thought that I should try writing something by myself. And yeah, with Mumma’s help, I was able …

Guest Post – Varsha Ramdas

Hello wonderful readers! It’s time for the fourth contributors to this month’s poetry party. If you like what you see make sure to check out her site Wings of Words.    “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter.” Martin Luther King. And that is exactly why I write poems. I pen down my emotions through a poem. Poems are thoughts which I may not be able to speak out loud. These are the thoughts that maybe whelved so deep in my heart. For me, poetry is a sort of an “emotion translator”;  one which no emoticon can replace. I started writing when I was a kid. Although I don’t remember much, I have been told by parents that I used to spend most of my time just writing (i.e just doodling on a paper:). But as I grew, this habit also grew along with me. I resorted to writing everything that came across my life. I began to see wonders in the tiniest of things. And now, I …

Guest Post – Chloe Westphal

Third up to take on the poetry guest post this month is Chloe Westphal. You can find more of her work at her blog [Over]Analysing Literature. I used to hate writing poetry. I always loved reading poetry. It was my mother who introduced me, and I especially loved Shel Silverstein. But writing poetry was different. The only time I ever wrote poetry was in school, where we were supposed to follow rigid forms with strict rules, about topics that meant little to me. As a child who disliked following rules, it never would have occurred to me to do this on my own, for fun. The first time I realised that poetry could be a real form of expression is when I was eight years old. My dog was hit by a car, and I was distraught. My mother suggested that I write a poem about her. So, I did. It wasn’t so much a poem as a paragraph, because the only poems I knew how to write were cinquains, acrostics, diamantes, and the like. …

Guest Post – Anna Ghislena

Hello again wonderful readers. It’s time for the second poet in our guest post series, the lovely Anna Ghislea. We still have spaces for guest posts so if you’re enjoying it so far and want to join in then just send me an email at caroljforrester@hotmail.com.    What is the point of poetry?  Why bother writing it and why bother reading it? Everyone knows poets are poor; it is rare that anyone should make a living out of poetry, so why do millions of people feel the need to get the pen out and scribble?  Why do I bother? I suppose that as a working mum with limited “me” time, I see poetry and creative writing as a way of re-discovering and retaining my identity. I’m still a rock n’ roll chick and I’m still a bit of a drama queen, so even if I haven’t got as much time as I would like to live those characteristics as I used to, I write as a substitute.  Writing is like an umbilical cord to my …