It’s all about compassion and wanting to give back, wanting to help others. Interview with D.G Torrens

This interview is the sixth in a series of weekly interviews on the theme of adding value to the writing community. This week D.G. Torrens of  www.dawnsdaily.com has agreed to share her thoughts on adding value to the community.  As always readers, your comments are welcome.

Hello my name is D.G.Torrens. I’m the author of Amelia’s Story, a true, powerful story written for my three-year-old daughter, so she better understands the hard road I had to travel before I got to where I am today. I live in Birmingham, England, and I have completed two books, and am currently finishing my debut thriller novel.

Dawn Torrens http://www.dawsdaily.com

Dawn Torrens http://www.dawnsdaily.com

What benefits do you see in adding value to the community? In your eyes, why is it important to add value?

I think it’s extremely important to add as much value to your community as you can. This not only benefits the adults but especially the children, who are our future. It gives them something to aspire to. Adding value to your community brings so much positivity to everyone as a whole. No matter how you add that value, it can only be a great thing. Continue Reading…

Real Life is Found only in Community: Geoff and Athaliah Talbot

This interview is the fifth in a series of weekly interviews on the theme of adding value to the writing community. This week Geoff and Athaliah Talbot of www.sevensentences.com has agreed to come along as my guest interviewee. As always dear readers, your comments are welcome.

Geoff Talbot is a writer, actor, filmmaker and blogger originally from Auckland, New Zealand. Geoff has three feature scripts in development, including Lucky & Rich, a feature film combined with a transmedia storytelling project. Read more about Geoff here.

Geoff Talbot http://Sevensentences.com headshot

Geoff Talbot http://Sevensentences.com

Geoff and his wife, Athaliah, are the creators of sevensentences.com, a daily seven-sentence blog that seeks to offer hope, creativity and inspiration to other creative people online.

Geoff also runs Genuine Ink, a start-up social media consultancy company in Los Angeles that helps creatives, small businesses and charities build their brand one story at a time.

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“Share what makes you successful” : Interview with Amberr Meadows

Amber Meadows http://www.amberrisme.com/

Amberr Meadows http://www.amberrisme.com/

This interview is the fourth in a series of weekly interviews on the theme of adding value to the writing community. This week Amberr Meadows of www.amberrisme.com has agreed to come along as my guest interviewee. Please share your thoughts with us below in the comments section.

I’m a Georgia girl from Atlanta. In the last couple of years, I’ve transitioned into the role of writer and editor after years in mortgage banking, and I’ve discovered a passion for blogging in the process. I’m also working on my first novel, and when I’m not writing it, I’m with my family planning travel to the most amazing places in Georgia and beyond.

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“It’s not about me.” Interview with Jeff Goins

This interview is the third in a series of weekly interviews on the theme of adding value to the writing community. I am excited to introduce Jeff Goins as the guest interviewee this week. Please share your thoughts with us below in the comments section.

Jeff Goins http://goinswriter.com/

Jeff Goins http://goinswriter.com/

Jeff Goins is a writer, idea guy, and difference-maker. You can follow him on Twitter (twitter.com/jeffgoins) and connect with him on his blog (http://goinswriter.com). You can also check out his new eBook bundle: Every Writer’s Dream (http://goinswriter.com/get-published).

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It’s a two-way street: Interview with Michael K Rose

This interview is the second in a series of weekly interviews on the theme of adding value to the writing community. I am excited to introduce Michael K Rose as the guest interviewee this week. Enjoy the interview!

Headshot Michael K Rose @DavidNevin88Michael K. Rose is an author of primarily science fiction. His current project is a series of novellas entitled Sullivan’s War. He has just released the second book in the series, A City without Walls, and the third and final book, Edaline’s Dawn, is due out in mid-May. Michael lives in the southwestern United States and is an avid traveler. http://myriadspheres.blogspot.com/

 

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Make a difference: Interview with Melissa Foster

This interview is the first in a series of weekly interviews on the theme of adding value to the writing community. I have been very fortunate in having this opportunity and I hope you will enjoy the interviews as much as I have. Don’t forget to subscribe to get the latest posts directly to your inbox.

Melissa Foster Added Value Interview @DavidNevin88Melissa Foster is the award-winning author of three International bestselling novels, Megan’s Way, Chasing Amanda, and Come Back to Me. She has also been published in Indie Chicks, an anthology. She is the founder of the Women’s Nest, a social and support community for women, and the World Literary Cafe, a literary community, as well as IndieKindle and Fostering Success, both geared toward helping authors. Melissa is currently collaborating in the film production of Megan’s Way. (Full Bio) Continue Reading…

When do plot outlines kill creativity? My checklist.

For the past three weeks in our writers’ club we have been looking at techniques to build a plot outline. More interesting than the techniques were some of the discussions we had about the very act of writing a plot outline. I am a physicist by education and a sales man by trade, so a clearly laid out plan of attack is something that suits my methodical and goal orientated mindset perfectly. Not everyone in our group is of the same mindset.

Escape Artist

*Photo Credit Tyler Ball (Creative Commons)

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Characters are Born Out of Fire

I’ve been traveling a lot this last month. One week in Qatar and a second week in Switzerland. The hours were long and mostly on my feet but as with all travels I met cultures and peoples that otherwise would be next to impossible to find in my quiet Madrid life.

Qatar was by far the most unfamiliar of the two locations. I had been in Doha for a few days back in 2004, but this time I spent eight days but saw little of that capital city. The city came to me on this occasion. I was working at my company’s stand at a prestigious fair and had the privilege to see and talk briefly with the wealthiest subjects of that society, and also those that work daily in their service.

Traveling Salesman *

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Writing Assignment – Internal Conflict

Experiments in Internal Conflict/Change

As part of the Madrid Writers’ Club we have set assignments each week. This week it’s to write a scene using internal conflict/change as described in Holly Lisle’s: How to write page turning scenes.

The only stipulation I kept to was to avoid the use of internal monologue to convey the conflict. I choose instead to use description and action. Your comments are welcome.

Cinema Queue - Internal Conflict Writing Assignment

Photo Credit - Neil Rickards (Creative Commons)*

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Signing up for #HTRYN (How To Rewrite Your Novel)

Last Friday at around 2.30am (CET) I signed up for the “How To Rewrite Your Novel” (HTRYN) online writing course by Holly Lisle. I had studied some of her How To - writing guide books and found them clear, practical and down to earth. I decided to take the plunge.

Begin it!

Begin it, or forget it.

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