My uncle once cornered me back in those same long ago 1990s about how for his next novel he planned to "borrow" the name of a friend of mine for a French policewoman character and base the character on her personality. "Oh, dear God, no," I recall half-laughing and, horrified, blurting out in response.
When I realized I would write another novel of that era, I decided to try something of a "gamble" for that next novel: I would this time put faces on the cover(s).
That was quite a post. You probably wish I would start writing a new novel sooner rather than later. After all, when I finally do, I will have less time to blog. LOL!
Why we write. What we write. We all have our stories. And what happens if I ever become massively famous? Let's just say I'll cross that family/friends bridge when I get to it. LOL!
Writing a short story in "30 days" is probably not an unreasonable ask. However, writing a novel (meaning at least 40,000 words; below that, it's a novella really) is a much more complicated undertaking. What you begin today likely won't see light of completed day for at least a year and probably more.
All of that - and about 1,000 pages more from just those two novels - is why I am here and why this blog exists: my writing.
I thought this was worth a full blog post. Here are some characters from my two most recent novels... and how I recall inventing their names. All of them - particularly their first names - were chosen for their 18th century reality and country of origin...
I have only to look at the origin countries of my daily visitors. Often I find myself asking, "Who are you? Why are you here? I have never sold a book in your country (insofar as I know)?" Usually I never learn the answers to such questions.
I have not the slightest qualms about - if I died tomorrow - those being my "literary legacy." They say what I as their author want them to say.
Let's discuss sex. Presumably I have now your full attention! LOL!
I had never used Instagram until back in 2016, when I started that account to supplement my blog here. I approached Insta with no illusions. I knew I was not a "19 year old woman"; I was a male writer. But I thought it could used as outreach to those who had never heard of me or my blog here - and particularly to women, who are the bulk of my readers.
How about some of the upsides? In raising that question, I won't address it with a sappy set of offerings and memes and #lovewriting #lovelife #lovepuppies hashtags. Rather I want to share some realistic good things about being an author. A list of the first few that come to my mind...
I CANNOT believe anyone could be that HAPPY as a writer. To be a writer is to me forever to be some degree of "miserable." All that really varies is the daily depth of the misery: some days are worse than others.
I have some ideas, and scraps here and there; but that's all. So what does a "NWIP (no work-in-progress) author" do the day after the latest "magnum opus" is published? Well, he heads for Wales...