Patreon: Why I Started One

I’ve long been struggling (as you may know by the frequency of these posts) to continue writing creatively (being in school, writing academically is something else entirely), and I figured being forced to give content on a regular basis would give my creative juices a push and also help me supplement life (and spread the word about the books I already have in stores).

Enter Patreon.

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Hiatus

All I do know is that I have written posts sporadically, except for when I attempted to do "Blood Talk" series on the different types of Dark Creatures that litter the pages of my series. But alas, I stopped after getting to the "Phoenixes" post--why? Because school or work probably got in the way or I was in the position of going through lots of changes--which is always true for me.

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Writing Amidst Doubt

Like any writer, I face doubt. Not often, as I choose to focus on my work and what I'm doing and contributing to literature (not much lol), but as of late, the doubt has crept in and is, for the moment at least, here to stay.

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When One Chapter Ends...

I've recently taken some necessary steps to turn the next page or chapter of my life if you will, and as such I feel so much more refreshed, focused, and hmm...very much like a writer.

That writing part of myself was stamped down until recently, wallowing beneath some sort of veil I couldn't lift over excruciatingly tired eyes. I was exhausted, mentally more than physically.

But I didn't really know how depressed I was until I had a turning point, realizing where I was in my life wasn't where I needed to be for happiness sake. 

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Love and other Drugs

It's been a long time since I've had a semi-personal post on my blog, and it's filled my thoughts, so here it is. The love of our craft (whatever that may be), the love of...living, whatever it is that drives us, this has been on my mind a lot lately. I've recently gotten out of a funky state (what I call a state of depression or just a glum-ridden mood), and now I'm more or less of a 'I love life,' mindset once more.

I flip flop on these things time and time again. I've just accepted that it's going to happen, I can't always be rainbows and sunshine and what the hey, I've gotten more than halfway through the editing and rewriting of The Dark World while in this 'funk.' I like to live my life as though every second I have is precious time. And it is. So I try and make every second work for me.

Yes, a lot has happened recently (as I'm sure you all know by now), and I've been taking it all in stride, working on my stories, my schoolwork...etc. and generally trying to spread the word that I have a new short story out. Many have told me they would read it, but we'll see in time, won't we?

(Sigh)

As I sip my tea and stare at my wandering Siberian Husky as he paces the living room floor, I can't help but smile for I am high...on love. The love of writing, the love of my opportunities, recent and forthcoming, and the love of my caring boyfriend, the love of my pain in the ass-sometimes dog, and the love of my life...in general. Life and all the amazing things it gives us.

Like writing.

Words can't express what writing means to me. Upon reading over A Night of Frivolity, I've been so impressed with the state of that work and I can't help but wonder what more I can pen that focuses on a more psychological mind frame.

Ah, I have been reading a fair bit of Bram Stoker's Dracula, and I find myself falling more and more in love with the deep psychological overtones that exist throughout the book (what I've read of it so far), and I really want to expound upon it more.

My hope is that more people read my ebook and want more of the story I've created. I already have the outline, the idea ready, it just takes a special...place in my mind to sit down and write that story.

We'll see what happens.

Go check out A Night of Frivolity now and let me know what you think!

And keep your bite.

-S.C. Parris

 

Playlists

I've seen the number of writers who admit to having a writing playlist or a special playlist to help with their scenes, characters, writing out emotions, or even dialogue. And as of late, to me anyway, it's become this...thing. As though creating a playlist just to write or having one is absolutely beneficial to writing. And I know for some people it is, but when I get asked if I use a playlist to write and my response is in the negative, I get questions, like, "Why? Do you just write with no music?" As though music is some grand thing I find disgusting to my tastes. But it's not like that at all, for me. I just simply don't designate a set of songs when writing any work, The Dark World or no. I do, on occasion, listen to music while writing, but quite often my songs are on shuffle and the songs never (rarely) match up with the emotional intensity of the scene or what have you, and I find I write pretty damn good scenes for the context of the story (whatever it is) without that music to "put me in the mood" as it seems to do for so many people.

I guess I used to be like that. Needing something external to evoke a reaction out of me, more often in the emotional range, but with writing, as I began to do it seriously (and more frequently), I realized writing was not some sacred act that required I wait, sometimes for months at a time, before the "muse" visited me in my sleep or at the most inopportune time to write. I found I could sit here and dish out whole chapters, letting this "muse" work through my words, even if I didn't feel it at first. That's when I knew writing was a job, just like anything else, it had to be worked for, especially if one planned to make a career out of it.

Time must be made  to write, and sometimes, yes, laziness does have to take a back seat. If your characters are not moving in a direction you want them to go, find a new direction. It is truly just that simple. Playlists, by all means, can help this, I'm not saying they can't, but to have to have one in order to write is when I start ringing my absurdity bell.

If you truly wanted to write, be a writer, whatever you want to call it, you'd be doing it. And you'd eventually force yourself to do away with the "muse" or the "need" to have a playlist and you'd just - do.

That said, I'm just about wrapping up The Immortal's Guide, and even with nature's set backs, I've stuck to my outline (that's another post in itself), and have fully accomplished every thing I set out to do with this novel (and most of that was writing two whole chapters a day/night, what have you).

So, no I don't need a playlist to write, I find I can carry a scene if the characters are actually speaking to each other, and wholly invested in what they are undergoing at the moment. For me, it's all about actuality. "Why is this person upset?" And just how long will they stay that way if this other person says something to further upset them?

I try not to force anything in my writing. That is quite obvious, I believe, when things are forced, if they don't tie in with the nature of the story.

That said, playlists aren't for me - I prefer to play things by ear, as I've had to with Hurricane Sandy. (Why are they calling it a SuperStorm?)

The Immortal's Guide releases November 30th, of this year. And there's a giveaway for one free pre-release copy.

Keep your bite.

-S.C. Parris