Wednesday, December 4

The Fey Guide to Writer's Burnout / Linky Mashup


The Insecure Writer's Support Group is a safe place for insecure writers of all kinds.

The Fey Guide to Writer's Burnout:


Speak - Part 1 – how speaking about my writer’s burnout was my first step to recovery.

Write YOU - Part 2 – writing about yourself can be the easiest form of writing.

Writer’s Meetings - Part 3 – how attending a writer’s meeting could be just the thing you need to feel connected.

Morning Pages - Part 4 – could writing pages every morning in a journal help you?

Free Your Mind with Walking - Part 5  the benefits of walking/exercising.

One Day at a Time - Part 6  the wisdom of focusing on the day you are in.

Don't Force Yourself - Part 7  the dangers of forcing yourself to write.

Alternative Hobby - Part 8  how an alternative hobby can inspire you.

Patience - Part 9  the importance of being patience with yourself.

No Stress - Part 10  none of these tips will help for long if you don't learn to eliminate stress.

How to Be a Writer when You Can't Write - 5 tips to help you feel like a writer (and do writerly things) when you are struggling to write.


QUESTION: Which one of these techniques have you tried? How did it work for you?



HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!

I'll see you in the blogosphere in 2020!


Monday, November 25

Can a Book Be Successful without Social Media? / Vlog


Thank you for your interest in this vlog post on Write with Fey!

A writer once asked me if a book can be successful without social media. This is my answer.

Enjoy!


Can a Book Be Successful Without Social Media?

Length: 7:03



Feel free to comment on my blog and/or on the video on YouTube. To go to the video's YouTube page, click on the title located on the video.

QUESTION: What your your best marketing techniques offline?


Thanks for watching!


Friday, November 22

The Importance of Diversity in Fiction / Guest Post by Ronel Janse van Vuuren



Today I am hosting Ronel Janse van Vuuren. She is talking about a very important topic. Welcome, Ronel!

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I read a meme a while back that said something in the line of: if you are going to walk in someone else’s shoes, better get far away before they notice the theft.

The conversation about diversity is easy: when someone talks about being marginalised for some reason, you simply switch topics by saying you are feeling uncomfortable. Like avoiding your discomfort is more important than acknowledging someone else’s Truth.

But even if you push past your comfort zone in reality and fiction, do you have true empathy? And what does that mean? Writing about uncomfortable truths? Having a diverse cast of characters in your novel?



And we should never get complacent. Especially in our writing. Or we might end up like Thoreau…

“Nature and human life are as various as our several constitutions. Who shall say what prospect life offers to another? Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other’s eyes for an instant?”

– Walden, Thoreau

Sounds good, right? Sounds like it will change the world, right? Pft! True empathy doesn’t come from knowing exactly how something feels for someone else: it’s messy, painful, and hard.

“…autobiography is irresistible… Even in actual life egotism is not without its attractions.” 
– The Critic as Artist, Oscar Wilde

Walking in someone else’s shoes will lead to calluses, athlete’s foot, and criminal prosecution. Not to mention a mental breakdown. It’s the fine line between empathy and appropriation.

But stories…! When we read, we can understand in our unique, flawed ways the experience of another person. No two people get the same thing out of a story – everyone gets touched by a different aspect.

And when we write and share our stories, we help others grow. Empathy is messy, painful and hard. It’s uncomfortable. So, too, is sharing our Truth. But that is where the true miracle Thoreau was seeking lies: making the world a better, more empathic place one story at a time.

Writing Magic at Midnight wasn’t easy. Sure, I had loads of fun with most of it. But writing about Amy’s identity… I got pushed past my comfort zone. What do I know about being bisexual? I tried – and thankfully failed – to change the romance elements in the book. To get it right, I read. A lot. And came to understand Amy.
Stories CAN change your worldview.

Stories CAN make the world a better, kinder place for all.


BETRAYAL.

CONSPIRACIES.

MAGIC.

Amy has only known one life. Now she needs to put it all on the line to save what is precious to her. Can this simple farm girl survive court-life? Can she stop a war from burning down her world? And what of the mysterious princess of Hazel Wood and her covert glances…? Not to mention the prince of Acacia Wood who might or might not be involved with the prophecies ruling their kingdoms. With mysteries and secrets threatening the life she longs to return to, can she separate her feelings from the mission?

TO WHAT LENGTHS WILL SHE GO TO SAVE HER LOVED-ONES?



About the Author:

Award-winning author Ronel Janse van Vuuren mainly writes for teens and tweens, though she is known to write mythology-filled short stories for anthologies aimed at older readers. Her dark fantasy works, usually full of folklore, can be viewed on her website and on Goodreads.

Ronel can be found tweeting about writing and other things that interest her, arguing with her characters, researching folklore for her newest story or playing with her Rottweilers when she’s not actually writing.

All of her books are available for purchase from major online retailers.

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Ronel the Mythmaker, Website of Dark Fantasy Author Ronel Janse van Vuuren: http://www.ronelthemythmaker.com/ 


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