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Welcome back to another day of writing links from No Wasted Ink.  This week I focused on general writing tips that I felt were useful for beginning and intermediate writers.  I especially love the article on setting up your scrivener project.  It is very similar to what I do myself at the start of a project.  I hope you enjoy them!

Facebook Page Ratings and Reviews: The How and Why

Immortality in Science Fiction

3 Ways Authors Get ‘Off Track’ with Their Characters

3 Ways to Test Your Story’s Emotional Stakes

The Efficient Writer: Using Timelines to Organize Story Details

Setting Up Your Scrivener Project for Easier Compiling

Ending Lessons From a Couple of Movies

6 Ways to Identify a Contrived Plot

Using a Writing Roadmap

How I Went From Scared Witless to Being a Published Author

Author Interview: Mirren Hogan

When I asked Author Mirren Hogan what she likes best around writing, she replied,  “What can I say, writing keeps me sane!”  Now that is a sentence most writers can relate to!  Please welcome her here on No Wasted Ink.

Author Mirren HoganMy name is Mirren Hogan. I live on the NSW south coast, Australia. I have a dog, cat, rabbits, chickens and too many parrots to count. For relaxation, I walk the dog in the forest behind our house.

When and why did you begin writing?

I’ve been writing ever since primary school. At first it was just in my head, usually at night, but eventually, I started to put things down on paper. The invention of the word processor and computer helped push things along a little bit too.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I don’t remember a time when I didn’t consider myself a writer. I didn’t consider myself an author until my first book came out last October, in spite of several short stories having been published before that.

Can you share a little about your current book with us?

There are so many current books, but I’ll focus on the first one, Crimson Fire. It’s a fantasy set in a world based on Africa. The main character is a young woman named Tabia who is sold into slavery to pay her father’s debts. She discovers that she has the innate ability to use magic, and her new mistress lets her train to use it correctly because it’ll increase her value and usefulness. Tabia is caught up in a savage coup and sent far from her home country. She struggles to find safety, security, and freedom.

What inspired you to write this book?

Initially, it was the glut of euro-centric fantasy in the market at the time. I love that kind of fantasy, but there’s a world of unique cultures (literally) out there which would make interesting settings or inspiration. I like to look at what others have done and do something different.

Do you have a specific writing style?

I think most readers who describe is as loose and easy to read. I’m not out to write literary classics, I’ll leave those to other writers. I prefer to write work which is more inclusive and available to readers of all levels, which can be enjoyed in a relaxed way.

How did you come up with the title of this book?

The book had several titles during the writing and editing process, but I wasn’t happy with any of them. I scanned the text for something eye catching literally as I was preparing the submission for the publisher, knowing they’d change it if they didn’t like it. It stuck.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

I can’t say that I deliberately put in a message, but the main character is lesbian, and has dark skin. The book isn’t ABOUT either of these things, those are just aspects of Tabia. I’d like readers to see HER first and the rest afterward, because that’s how I believe all people should be viewed.

Are experiences in this book based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

There are aspects of Tabia’s insecurities which certainly come from me. Also, her desire to read, read, read, and learn are from me!

What authors have most influenced your life? What about them do you find inspiring?

Jennifer Fallon and Anne McCaffrey mostly. They have female characters who kick ass, but their work is unique. I love unique. Being different has always been something I strive for. If something was trendy, I never wanted it. Life is too short to be a clone!

If you had to choose, is there a writer would you consider a mentor? Why?

Every writer is a mentor. Every book I’ve ever read or didn’t finish reading gave me insight into how to be a better writer and storyteller. What not to do is just as important as what to do.

Who designed the cover of your book? Why did you select this illustrator?

The amazing Druscilla Morgan. She designed the cover for an anthology I edited for Plan Australia, called Like a Girl. Her work is phenomenal.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Read. Read, read, read. Think about what you liked or didn’t like about a story, it’ll tell you a lot about your strengths as a writer and the direction you’d like to go. Also, don’t be stuck worrying about genre. Write the story, figure the rest out later, and make your characters interested and flawed. Flaws are your friend.

Crimson Fire Book CoverMirren Hogan
Batemans Bay NSW, Australia

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No Wasted Ink Writer’s Links

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Welcome to links day here at No Wasted Ink.  This week I have a nice grab bag of articles featuring general writing tips, stationery recommendations, and ways to improve your Amazon author page.  I hope you find the articles interesting!  Enjoy.

5 Steps to Creating a Productive Blogging To Do List

Japanese Stationery: What’s the Big Deal?

Why You Should Avoid “Feel” in Writing: 50 Alternatives

Basics of World Building

Simple Steps to Creating Powerful Press Releases

The Basics: Why Spelling and Punctuation Matter

A Writer’s Guide to Cyborgs

7 Ways To Improve Your Amazon Author Page

What Does It Mean to Move the Plot?

Your Story Has HIT a WALL—What Now?

Scifaiku: Geomagnetic Reversal

Geomagnectic Reversal (blog)

 

Geomagnetic Reversal
when north becomes south
protective shroud fails humanity
compass spins

A Scifaiku by Wendy Van Camp
Illustrated by Wendy Van Camp

Scifaiku poem inspired by the current trend of the weakening of the magnetic north.  Science postulates that the Earth’s poles might flip, as it has done in past ancient eras.

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