Lessons from My Reading

M. K. Theodoratus, Fantasy Writer, blogs about the books she reads--mostly fantasy and mystery authors whose books catch her eye and keep her interest. Nothing so formal as a book review, just chats about what she liked. Theodoratus also mutters about her own writing progress or ... lack of it.

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

My Worst Writing Fear: Where to Find the Time to Write by Andrew John Rainnie


Guest Blog from Andrew John Rainnie, Author of Spirits of Vengeance: The Stone of Spirits, a Sword & Sorcery Fantasy.

Where to Find the Time & Energy to Write

by

Andrew John Rainnie

What bothers me most about writing?

The act of writing in itself is not really the issue; as a copywriter and screenwriter I have never aimlessly stared at a blank page, but filled it with something, anything, until I have something better. When plotting stories, you can have a number of different ideas, and the best way to see which works best is to write them all until you find one that serves the story and characters best.

No, the issue with writing is the sheer amount of time and energy it takes. My new fictional novel, has taken me almost a decade from the initial idea to presenting a polished book. As a self-confessed workaholic, the issue is not time management, but having too many fingers in too many pies, or wearing too many different hats. I work a job that pays the bills, I freelance as a copywriter and games journalist, I write screenplays, I make films, I design websites, and occasionally, when time permits, I relax.

Focus is a big key to overcoming these obstacles. I often jump between projects as enthusiasm wanes for one and increases for the other, or a story that has been gestating for a while in the back of my head finally bears fruit, these ideas have to be scribbled down and organized into something coherent. In terms of losing energy or passion for a project, the best thing to do is concentrate and slug through it. If it seems like a slog, and you are not enjoying it, then chances are your readers will not either. In this instance, some time and space from the material is often required, meaning you can return with fresh eyes.

I have also been looking at tools to help speed up my writing process. Another writer I know often uses a Dictaphone to take a note of ideas, snippets of dialogue, or even whole chapters of books. I’ve tried a few apps with my phone, as I feel quite exposed if I’m walking in public talking into a microphone, saying strange, odd words out loud.

As a self-published writer, the whole aspect of marketing a book deflates me, as it takes an incredible amount of energy to seek out reviewers, make a trailer, write a press release, and generate online support. The time this takes could be spent writing, but it is a necessary part of the job of finding an audience who will love the words you have written. I am attempting to record video blogs, as they are relatively quick to make, and it adds a more personal approach to connecting with people.

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About the Author

Andrew John Rainnie is a Scottish novelist, screenwriter, and filmmaker. He has an MA. Joint Honours in English Literature and Film & TV Studies from the University of Glasgow, and an MA/PGDip in Screenwriting from Bournemouth University.

He has written and directed a number of short films, which have shown at festivals around the globe. His last, The Collector, based on a short story by Jonathan Lethem, was shown at the London East End Film Festival, the London Short Film Festival, and Aesthetica Film Festival in York.

After working as a media analyst and script reader in London for six years, Andrew quit the rat race and embarked on an epic around the world adventure, details of which were published in a compendium of his travel blogs, titled My Right Leg Is Tastier Than My Left. During that journey, he finished writing a passion project, his first fantasy novel, Spirits of Vengeance: The Stone of Spirits.

You can learn more about Rainnie's writing at his Website
 His social media Links include: Twitter, Facebook, GoodReads, and Google+. His video blogs can be found on YouTube.
 
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Blurb: Spirits of Vengeance: The Stone of Spirits

In the land of Enara, the religious zealot Lord Malenek marches across the continent of Amaros, cleansing the world with his army of Vengeance Spirits. Standing in his way is an unlikely adversary, Kamina Elloeth, a young tree elf who is inadvertently entangled in Malenek’s plans. She embarks on a quest with her ghostly brother and a mysterious Ranger to find an ancient artefact, one that may hold the key to saving the world from Malenek’s destructive schemes. Facing her fears, Kamina will trek over oceans and deserts to unearth the power hidden within the Stone of Spirits.

Sample and pre-order Spirits of Vengeance: The Stone of Spirits on Amazon, KOBO, or Smashwords.



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