If you are interested in blogging or want to promote your book, please contact E. B. Davis at writerswhokill@gmail.com.

September Interviews

9/2 Dianne Freeman, A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Murder

9/9 Ellen Byron, Murder in the Bayou Boneyard

9/16 Marilyn Levinson, writing as Allison Brook, Checked Out for Murder

9/23 Rhys Bowen, The Last Mrs. Summers

9/30 Sherry Harris, From Beer To Eternity


September Guest Bloggers


9/19 Judy Alter


WWK Weekend Bloggers

9/5 V. M. Burns

9/12 Jennifer J. Chow

9/26 Kait Carson













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For The Love Of Lobster Tales by Shari Randall is now available to download free for a limited time. Go to Black Cat Mysteries at: https://bcmystery.com/ to get your free copy! Thanks for the freebie, Shari.


Keenan Powell recently signed with agent Amy Collins of Talcott Notch. Congratulations, Keenan!


KM Rockwood's "Secrets To The Grave" will appear in the new SinC Chesapeake Chapter's new anthology Invitation To Murder, which will be released by Wildside Press on 10/6.


Congratulations to our two Silver Falchion Finalists Connie Berry and Debra Goldstein!


Paula Gail Benson's "Cosway's Confidence" placed second and Debra Goldstein's "Wabbit's Carat" received Honorable Mention in the Bethlehem Writers Roundtable 2020 short story contest. Congratulations, Paula and Debra!


Susan Van Kirk's Three May Keep A Secret has been republished by Harlequinn's Worldwide Mystery. The WWK interview about the book can be accessed here. We're so glad another publisher picked up this series.


KM Rockwood's "Burning Desire," and Paula Gail Benson's "Living One's Own Truth," have been published in the anthology Heartbreaks & Half-truths. Congratulations to all of the WWK writers.


Please join Margaret S. Hamilton's Kings River Life podcast of her short story "Busted at the Book Sale" here. Congratulations, Margaret!

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Inspiration

I imagine best-selling authors want to continue because they’ve been rewarded for their efforts. Possibly they’ll fall below their previous achievement but I picture these authors striving to go beyond what they have already accomplished in terms of writing. I also imagine earning enough royalties to pay the utilities and the rent might be another inducement.

Midlist authors might want to break out. Perhaps the current work in progress will be the book that brings them recognition and more cash.

Writers who’ve published a large number of short stories might want to reach three hundred, five hundred, or a thousand publications. For all the above-mentioned writers, the incentive is there.

I used to send out short stories and poems on a regular basis and took pleasure in publication and printed copies. Now, marketing is a more serious part of my writing, and marketing is a skill I still haven’t mastered.

I enjoy reading mystery short stories and feel lost if I don’t have at least one short story anthology beside my bed. I’ve published a couple of short stories but I’ve learned most from my failed short stories. I’ve come to realize they’re often outlines for a longer works.

So what keeps me writing day after day? Images—a picture in my head that commands my attention. For a novel I’m revising now, the original image was of the carrion flower that smells like decaying meat. My apologies to the male of the species. You’re stuck with the 397px-Amorphophallus_Wilhelmaequipment you were born with. But experience has taught me that there’s nothing loving and sharing about phallic-inspired emotion. I associate such emotion with destruction and death.

Another time, I was struck by the image of someone drowning in a huge vat of chocolate. In the end, I realized I misidentified the drowning victim, and it was a secondary character rather than a main character.

Lately, I’ve seen spiders, large shadow images on white tiles. Spiders seem more female than male. A dead male victim inspired the spider image but maybe there’s a woman behind the death. A Black Widow perhaps.102_0410_small

What excites you to write every day? Your critique group? Your latest publication? A sibling rival?

4 comments:

E. B. Davis said...

I'll be honest. Deadlines. I'm a procrastinator. I write everyday, but if I have a deadline, it forces me to crunch. I produce when I have that deadline on a short or when it's my turn to submit to my critique group. This isn't a great professional trait, but human, I guess.

Warren Bull said...

Is this message box working now? It didn't before. I don't always have inspiration before I start to write. Often I sit down and write feeling uninspired. I slog away until I get glimmerings of inspiration that may fade away. I keep writing because that's what I do. I've stopped counting the number of stories I have published. That was a motivation for a while. Now writing is my job. Ta Ta. Back to work.

Shyxter said...

What inspires me to write? Hmmm..At first, it's the extra cash I earn every time I submit an article. I've always loved writing but I've never taken it seriously until I discovered that I can earn from it online! The idea of getting extra cash from doing what I love was just so inviting.

Now, after a year of doing it, writing has become a fulfillment for me. I feel incomplete without pouring my thoughts out. I still write to earn, but that's just the secondary reason now. I love writing and that's my main reason. Without that love, I can never be truly inspired to write.

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