What Inspired Me To Become A Writer @AuthorLynnBurke #WritersLife

I sat and thought a long time over this topic but couldn’t come up with that one inspiring moment—that one heartbeat in time where my muse lit up, determined to share the stories in my head.

The possibility of my early love of reading crossed my mind but I never attempted writing FOR REAL until the 8th grade when a little gnome named Gundi decided I needed to tell the story of how he saved his people from a slave owner. Was it him and his friends that started it for me?

I don’t think so. For me, this was just the beginning of my journey. Unfortunately, I didn’t attempt writing again for years. Over ten to be exact.

That’s when I became friends with Anne Tyler, and she encouraged me to write when I finally told her I had always wanted to. The fact that she mentored me through two novels, did some light editing, AND wrote letters of introduction to a handful of agents boosted my confidence and instilled the dream of publication.

After numerous rejections I left Baltimore for New England in a major life upheaval due to other personal issues. My desire died and I gave up writing again for a few years.

Then a story inspired by my own experiences prompting the move came to mind, and Pool of Souls was born.

A few scribbled chapters, posting them on writer forums, and gaining confidence once more inspired me to continue on with that old dream.

Having four flash fiction pieces published, then two short stories accepted into anthologies gave me another major boost and I finally submitted the first book in the Pool of Souls Series, Eye of the Soul, to J. Taylor Publishing. Pretty sure every single nail got chewed to nothing while waiting to hear back! I was offered a contract, gained the confidence to write more, then decided I needed a pen name (Lynn!!) for my naughtier works. 20 something publications later, and I’m inspired every day, by people watching, or listening to the radio–it’s a never ending muse light bulb in my brain, and I couldn’t be happier.

For me, inspiration has come in many ways and forms, not just one ‘Ah ha!’ moment of clarity where I realized writing was for me. It’s been a long, bumpy journey, one fraught with pot holes, heartache, and moments of depression, but having my dream realized made every step worth it.

How about you? Where has your inspiration come from?

~Lynn

Entertainment for Entertainment’s Sake by Lucy Felthouse (@cw1985)

Hi everyone,

Today I’d like to talk about entertainment for entertainment’s sake, or TV show/film/book shaming.

Lately I’ve noticed a bit of a trend online, whereby people “shame” others for watching certain TV shows or films, or reading certain books. I felt it was a topic worth discussing… so here I am.

Personally, I watch all kinds of TV shows and films, and read all kinds of books. As long as I’m entertained, it doesn’t really matter to me what the genre is (though obviously there are some genres I don’t enjoy at all), or the tone, etc. Sometimes I’m in the mood for something dark and totally gripping, sometimes I’m in the mood for something dramatic, and sometimes I’m in the mood for something light, funny, something I don’t have to think about too much, or all of those things. That’s my preference, my personal opinion.

So why, then, do people feel the need to shame others for watching/reading certain things? I joined in with a discussion about a certain TV show a while back, and while on the one hand people were commenting saying how much they enjoyed the show, too, some others jumped in and started picking it apart, saying the show was inaccurate (I hadn’t noticed), lacked substance, and so on. I didn’t argue, because that’s not my bag, but it did irritate me. It felt as though myself and the others who’d stated they enjoyed the show were being shamed for liking a show that “lacked substance.” Granted, it is what I’d call a light and fluffy show, and doesn’t require you to think about it an awful lot. But for me, that’s the charm. Sometimes all I want to do is plonk myself down in front of TV and be entertained, and smile, and laugh, and be charmed by something. For me, that show ticked those boxes.

So why is that wrong? Are we only “allowed” to enjoy deeply cerebral TV shows, films and books? Or are we only “allowed” to admit to those things which educate us or make us think? Do we have to keep our enjoyment of entertainment for entertainment’s sake under wraps? Why should we?

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that inaccuracy is okay – research can easily prevent that, but mistakes happen. The editor in me picks up on them frequently – in fact I watched a show recently (one of the dark, totally gripping ones, actually!) which completely hooked me. I thought it was fantastic, but I did notice some continuity errors. They bugged me a bit, but not enough for me to stop watching the show, or even comment on it anywhere – life’s too short. But when I Googled afterwards, I saw articles dedicated to pointing out those issues and slating the entire show!

So, let’s discuss. Where do you stand on this debate? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Happy Reading (or watching),

Lucy xx

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Author Bio:

Lucy Felthouse is the award-winning author of erotic romance novels Stately Pleasures (named in the top 5 of Cliterati.co.uk’s 100 Modern Erotic Classics That You’ve Never Heard Of, and an Amazon bestseller), Eyes Wide Open (winner of the Love Romances Café’s Best Ménage Book 2015 award, and an Amazon bestseller), The Persecution of the Wolves and Hiding in Plain Sight. Including novels, short stories and novellas, she has over 160 publications to her name. She owns Erotica For All, and is one eighth of The Brit Babes. Find out more about her writing at http://lucyfelthouse.co.uk, or on Twitter or Facebook. Sign up for automatic updates on Amazon or BookBub. Subscribe to her newsletter and get a free eBook: http://www.subscribepage.com/lfnewsletter

Rushing around like a headless chicken…. with typos…

Dashes in and waves.

Hi all, and apologies for the lateness of this post. I honestly didn’t know what to write about. Still don’t unless I make this a post about my typos. Even just getting this far I’ve had to correct just about every other word. Ravenfingers is a well known affliction to my friends and family. They have all got used to deciphering my…I was going to say cock-ups…but let’s put it better than that. AS I typed the other day, her vice was dusky.

Scratch your heads…

Yes, I did mean her voice was husky. And of course spell check didn’t pick it up. Luckily I did.

It’s all fine and funny…as long as I do find them. Luckily I have a great ‘reditor’ (beta reader) in Doris O’Connor who picks up most of them, and of course great editors with all my publishers.

Just as well. Several sets of eyes are better than one.

And on that note, with apologies for such a short post, I’m just going to add that my next book The Duke’s Temptation is now up for preorder from Totally Bound

https://www.totallybound.com/book/the-dukes-temptation

http://amzn.to/2wTEPUE (.com)

http://amzn.to/2hvF7vu (UK)

and now I need a coffee, take care all,

happy reading, love Raven