In VOX LIT June 2018 :
IN THE FREE VOXLIT ON-LINE THIS MONTH:
This month we have return visits from Kyrian Lyndon, James Gault, Sherry Leclerc, John Dill, Zaheera Shaik Alli, Cherise Castle-Blugh, Andrea Lechner-Becker, Rob Burton and Keith Guernsey and we welcome our new contributor Richard O’Reilly.
In the News Section we interview author Ted Bun and tell you why the recent Royal Wedding was an object lesson for storytellers. Andrea and Kyrian let us into some author secrets and Cherise has some marketing advice for writers or anyone else. Keith talks about coping with bad news and James wonders if authors take themselves too seriously. For our satirical piece we offer a modern version of the legend of King Arthur.
There’s a real international slant to our Book Reviews this month as James Gault and John Dill review books from a Finn, a Siera-Leonian, an Englishman writing about America, a Scot living in France and an Englishman living in China.
To add a bit of variety, we feature two video trailers for books in the Features Section. Our Poetry Page has poems from Zaheera and new contributor Richard. And if you thought Sherry was only a fantasy writer, you’ll find one of her poems there too. We’ve also included some useful internet links for poetry lovers.
The Writers’ Notes section explains why books can sometimes be boring and what you should do if they are.
Finally, do check out the Contributor’s section and Contributors’ Bookshop where you’ll find links to their books, their Author pages and web sites.
INSPIRED BY A BLOGGER
Sometimes writing blogs, Tweets and any other written contributions to the content in an oversaturated world can seem purposeless. But I wanted to share a story about the impact of a specific blog post…
A few years ago, I began writing Sixty Days Left. I would sporadically tell people about it and they would encourage me to continue. As I continued slow work on the manuscript through 2017, I began to tell more and more people about the premise. There’s a specific man on a plane that I’ll write about one day who squarely told me to quit my job and commit.
In December 2017, I read this post from Ann Handley, titled “12 Books that can help you Be a Better Writer and Storyteller“. In it she suggested E.B. White’s One Man’s Meat, a memoir. It struck me because Sixty Days is a fictional memoir and I had grown REALLY tired of the word “I” by that point in my writing. Needing something fresh to kick me out of my funk, I ordered One Man’s Meat and read a passage a day to get inspired. The inspiration led to more (and better) passages and ultimately….
By the end of December, my first draft was finished. A little over a month later, I had quit my job and committed full-time to editing, publishing and promoting my book. I very much doubt Ms. Handley anticipated having this type of impact on anyone reading her blog, but she did.
And so my point: In a world where the instant gratification of likes and retweets, or more squarely the lack thereof, may make you feel like your content hasn’t accomplished anything, just remember that somewhere out there it could be changing lives – even just one. Books and reading have that power – so keep it up!
And of course, thank you Ann. You should check out her book, Everybody Writes.
Contributed by Andrea Lechner-Becker
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