Every once in a while, I
have to like to crowdsource a blog post. When inspiration is thin-to-nonexistent, I turn to my friends on Twitter or Facebook to tell me what to write about. It always proves to be an interesting experience, and this time, with input from Facebook, is no exception.
Topics ranged from what products I use in my hair to my thoughts on prologues and epilogues. No prizes for guessing which of those is the easiest to answer.
Let us begin.
Kylah Morrison asked which platform/who I used to publish my ebook. In short, I handed the whole process over to Kelly Exeter from Swish Design, and we have initially published the book as a PDF, readable pretty much everywhere. I am looking into the possibility of putting the book up on Smashwords and/or Amazon, but for now I’m happy to sell it from here.
Kaili Behan wanted to know which came first, the chicken or the egg? I think if I knew the answer to that one, I wouldn’t need to crowdsource my blog posts.
Vanessa Solomon has two young sons, trailing mine by a few years, so she likes to hear what Mr6 and Mr9 are reading. Mr9 is still hung up on the Horrible Histories series (he could probably answer the chicken/egg question), while Mr6 is enjoying Zac Power, and we are reading The Hobbit together. Both are mad about comics and I have no problem encouraging that – reading is reading as far as I’m concerned.
Vivian Agios asked which product I use in my hair. I am currently rocking a combination of Schwarzkopf BC Hair Rescue and John Frieda Frizz-Ease. When you have as much hair as I do, it usually takes a tandem approach to keep it under control.
Tracey Bhattarai asked for my social media preference (the good, the bad, the novelty). I have to say that these can change from week to week, but, generally, Facebook and Twitter are the best for me, Instagram is not my friend, and Pinterest allows me to de-stress by pinning soothing pictures of uncluttered desks.
Annette Hill asked ‘memoirs: good or indulgent?’. Hmmm. A well-written memoir is a joy (particularly from a writer who knows that what you leave out is as important as what you put in), but I don’t read a lot of them. I was asked to write one once and got all excited – until I realised what it meant. It takes a brave person to write a good memoir. It means drilling down into the essence of what you’re about. It also means exposing all the people in your life to scrutiny. I shelved that project.
Dorothy Krajewski wanted to know about strawberries. Stay tuned Dorothy. Mr6 and I have just bought two plants for our garden – I will dedicate an entire post (or two) to strawberries in the future.
Sarah Wayland asked for tips on merging a personal blog into a business/writing site. There is probably an entire post in this as well (see how good this process is!), but the short version is that I think that I’ve never really blogged completely as a personal blogger. I always came to blogging with thin veneer of professional writer between me and the true intimacy that makes up a personal blog. As time went by, I did loosen up, but I also allowed more and more of my writer voice and experience into the posts (hence more and more writing posts over time). Moving from the Fibro to this space didn’t make for that big a change – though I do acknowledge that I find it harder to write more personal posts here. It’s a conundrum (hence, needs a full post…).
As for Cate Pearce and her question (“the power of prologues or epilogues if done right”) all I can say is this: Personally, I love a good prologue. I have no issue with a good set-up before we jump into the action. I know that many editors and publishers don’t love them, but if a prologue works best for the story, then prologue away, I say. And I feel the same way about epilogues. There is nothing worse than a book ending and a reader left wondering how all the characters got on down the track…
So there you have it. Many thanks to everyone who asked a question (including the couple that were answered on Facebook). I appreciate your help and inspiration!
And, yes, I know the image on this post makes no sense whatsoever.
Where do you look for inspiration when there is none to be had?