Friday, 30 November 2012

As an Author, do You Read?

Many authors get so caught up in writing that they stop reading. Why do you need to read?
  • You need balance in your life and reading is one way to establish it.
  • You learn from other authors.
  • You get good ideas from other authors.
  • It's fun
  • It teaches your kids to read if they see you enjoying it
  • You learn lots of stuff.
I am a real bookworm. Here is a funny story. One day I was walking across the paddock reading a book, put my foot on some hard cow dung, sprained my ankle, fell over and bounced downhill, dropped my book and lost my place in the story. Of all those things, losing my place was the worst. lol. Later I was glad it was hard dung and not soft.

till later dudes,


Thursday, 15 November 2012

Shortest Story Ever

"They met, loved, parted. Died brokenhearted."  

Hey dudes, beat that! write your own short story

Which famous story could it be a synopsis of?

If you can guess, leave a comment; the first one to guess right will get a copy of Jed's Escape for Free!

Till later Dudes,


Monday, 5 November 2012

Do You Write with a Pen?

That may seem a silly question, but these days you don't actually need to use a pen or pencil to write. I really asked that question of authors. How do you like to write? Do you sit at the computer and stare into the screen while your story takes shape and your characters go off on their adventures?
Some authors feel that the pc kills creativity. They much prefer to curl up in a warm corner with a pillow and an apple and wield magic with their trusty pen. My warm corner is usually filled with ants that bite or ticks that sneak up on me only to inject their poison in the dead of night.

Years ago I wrote longhand on a large A4 writing pad. The finished ms was almost impossible for any but me to decipher. Then I discovered that computers had a delete button and that you could move anything from one letter to a whole paragraph or more from one place to another. This would be like heaven! Yay for technology!

Here is a litle ditty I wrote in those days just for fun. It is not quite true for me as my imagination often goes into overdrive while at the PC, especially now that I can type faster than I can write.

Computer vs. Pen

  © Zack A Tack

Computer hums, keyboard clicks,
Mouse darts busily to and fro
Deleting blocs of prose
Or moving single words into position.
Business-like, efficient
And cold.
Imagination dies.

Sunny corner, paper flips.
Birds dart busily building nests
Lines write themselves, ideas flow
Teeming, jostling, pushing in delighted haste
Through my pen to paper.
In warmth
Imagination lives.

Wish my pen
Had a button called Delete.