Writing is Hard Work

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I’m a writer, or at least that’s what it says on the spray painted sign I park my car in front of. Seriously, it say J. Morgan, writer. It might not be as cool as Rick Castle’s Kevlar vest, but it still remains the truth. I write. Sometimes so easily, I can believe I can do it. Other times, those dark times that no one likes to talk about, writing is best described as pulling your own teeth without a rubber mallet handy to deaden the stupidity.

As a result, I’ll be the first to admit writing is hard work. Over the years, I’ve been asked are there any tricks to doing it? I want to say no, because either you can write or you can’t. There’s very little in-between. But! Bet you saw that coming. If you can write, there are a couple things you can learn. First you have to be open to being taught. That’s the kicker right there.

When I first got into writing, and published, I thought I knew how to write. I entertained myself, so why shouldn’t others be entertained? Because, being able to write doesn’t mean you know how to write. There’s a distinction there. Don’t think there isn’t. Talent and skill are two different things. Bear with me because this next bit clears it up, or I hope it will.

I come from a background in the visual arts. I’m a painter and pencil artist by trade, though trade will leave you starving. I’d always written and been told you’re talented, why don’t you write a book or something. Twenty years down the road, I finally listened to those pesky voices. I could write and did have some talent. So, I wrote a book. Two books, actually, but the first one was garbage, so let’s not discuss it. The second one got accepted by a publisher. I said wow, those voices were right!

Here’s where the ego got smacked around. I had talent sure. But, talent without polishing is still garbage, only pretty garbage. My first editor got me to doing something I’m totally adverse to– thinking. Thinking led to self discovery. Self discovery led to a startling revelation. I had a long way to go. That brings me to my first writing tip. Always be willing to learn.

With that out of the way, I’m going to pass on my first tip that doesn’t involve ego bashing. Write like you’re acting. To totally understand your characters, you MUST immerse yourself into them. Become them for the span of your scene, your book! If you can’t completely get who they are, how can a reader? Seriously, walk a mile–fifty miles–in their shoes. Then, you can overcome any writing block that comes your way. That doesn’t mean you’re not going to be blocked, because you will. IT means, once you are able to get back into that character’s head, you can push through and keep going. It might take some crying, whining, and general begging, but it’ll happen. Trust me.

Second valuable tip. Just because you read a book, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t write with all five, in a paranormal author’s book, six senses. What does that mean? It means when you write, ‘She stepped out into a bright sunshiny day’, make us believe it’s a sunshiny day. Let us hear birds chirping. The wind blowing through long grass in need of mowing. The rumble of a lawnmower across the back yard. The yells of kids playing somewhere down the block. Something to make a reader fall into a three dimensional world. That’s just one sense, hearing.

Sense two. The smell of cut grass. The lingering scent of the morning dew evaporating on the lawn. Honeysuckle wafting across that breeze up there.

Sense three. The feel of that wind brushing across her cheek, embracing her body. The sun toasting her skin, as she steps off the porch. Oh, you get the idea.

Sense four. The sun blinding her. Those playing kids. A bird flying from tree to tree. The grass waving. Give them something to actually see.

Sense five. The taste of the honey suckle on the breeze. Can’t think of any more but you might.

When you write a paragraph, don’t consider just seeing it. Live it!

I’m not sure if I have anything else I could impart to you. Writing is a learn as you go type of thing. Through making mistakes you’ll learn more than I could show you. Just always trust your instincts and listen to critiques with an open mind. Aside from that, have junk food handy and you should be set. Thanks for listening to me run off at the mouth. I hope I’ve helped give you some new twists on writing. Thanks to Lynnette for having me here today.

Now, get to writing!

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Comic book writer or Romance Author?

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Who is J. Morgan? Uh, that’d be me. I think. Yep, it’s me. But, in the metaphysical sense, who am I? To answer that probing question we need to travel back to a simpler time. Not sure if it was simpler, but the closest thing we had to a home computer was an Etch-a-Sketch.

Back in the 70s a kid had only his imagination to entertain him. Luckily for me, mine was over active. Creating worlds always came easily to me. Whether with my action figures, or just turning the yard and woods in my backyard into strange alien landscapes, I’ve always lived inside my head. It should have come as no surprise to me or anyone, that I’d become a writer one day.

So, if I was so space cadet growing up, why am I writing Romance novels about things that go bump in the night. Shouldn’t I be writing comic books, horror novels, or anything but Romance? Well, who says I don’t?

Huh?

You hear me, I write all those. I write them through Romance. Romance is more than a genre on a book shelf. It’s the story of our lives. It’s our past, present and future. How can you read a story and not include two people searching for each other. The human condition is to be loved. Without that one emotion we become machines or worse, we become immune to the world around us.

I write books. Romance just happens to be the center of what I write. The Vampire part just so happens to be the fun part. Now, that we’ve narrowed down what I do, I’d like to discuss one book in particular. That is, if you don’t mind being dragged into me talking about one of my babies. I promise there’s even a snazzy picture. Yeah, I’m a proud papa, and why shouldn’t I be?

Love Free Stake Hard is one of my proudest accomplishments. Why you may ask? Well, I don’t mind answering. Book Three in my Love Bites series was the first book where I grew a clue. Before it, I just wrote. Yep, I was a pantster, wrote by the seat of whatever covered the desired parts and let the words flow with no rhyme or reason. Love Free taught me to plan, think ahead and never assume the way you’re writing is the right way. It always led the way in creating the world I love writing. Books 1 and 2 were fun, but incomplete in scope. I had a world, but like anyone who read them, I had no idea what that world contained. This book showed me more than a world, it showed me universes revolving in my head. I was giddy. Who wants a world, when they can have the cosmos to play with?

It was also the book where I had a grand plan. Okay, scheme, because schemes come with mad scientist cackles. Love Free Stake Hard gave me twelve books percolating to a slow boil. So, if you’re reading or have read this series, know that I know where we’re going and it’s going to be one fun ride.

Visit J Morgan on his website or on his Amazon author page.  Download a FREE book from the Love Bites series.