“All any author wants is for people to read their books, poetry, and to appreciate their form of art. The world tells us it is an awful lot to ask of it. That we should never expect anything out of our expressions. I think it’s ridiculous when art is supposed to connect people.”-Angela K. Crandall Author
I really need some dreams to come true
Without my eyes closed
Placed upon a shelf for you to admire
Like a piece of cake
Will you regret it?
Savor it like wine?
Eat fast or take your time.
How do you succeed?
All at once
Slow as a snail
Will I ever find a surprise in my mail?
Some steps are easy
Others take more power
In the hours I toil
Is glory ever in sight?
Still I keep writing with all my might
Am I in the dream?
Am I the dream?
I wonder if it’s real
Emotions I feel
Or brought on by myself
As they say
What kind of games does this world play?
Angela K. Crandall
“If you want to be a writer then be a writer. Let no one define who you are just because you need a day job to support yourself. Be good to yourself, stay positive, and even if you never become famous you can say that you never gave up. Yes, I know you think it isn’t much, but you were always true to yourself. That’s more than most people are, and most folks give up. I know because I’ve given up before.”–Angela K. Crandall, Author
I just finished my first draft of a book #1 in a series. I started writing it in July so it has been six months and a day since I began. Now another long road ahead awaits me. I have a lot of edits and other changes to make before it is ready to be published. I will not release the name until a launch is set and other decisions are made. It is currently 94,820 words amounting to 234 pages. If I’m absent for a bit this may be the reason. Editing is something I have to work on as a writer. It isn’t easy to make the connections you need to without the proper funding. I’ll be doing my very best to make sure this novel is better than my last short story. On each journey, I take as a writer I yearn to grow in my knowledge of grammar, punctuation, and using tenses correctly. If you have any advice, or sites that are helpful I hope you’ll share them with me!
Best wishes and happy writing.
Angela K. Crandall
“Consider this, how will you feel if you don’t challenge yourself?”-Angela K. Crandall… — feeling curious.
Do you have a writers group you attend? How do you go about telling your story? Do you like details, deep descriptions or do you prefer dialog? I have had to add in descriptions a lot of times because I become so focused on what is going on in the story. My first short story had great detail and less dialog. Each reader has a different preference some like a mix. As an author, I am trying to find my place between them. I am always looking for ways to grow. Right now I am reading “Mockingjay” by Suzanne Collins, and will start “For whom the Bell Tolls” by Ernest Hemingway. Reading books by various authors gives us an idea of the different writing styles used that we can adhere to. I”m not saying to use an exact style as these authors, but that it gives you a reference to how you want to develop your own. It is a starting point. Of course, the most important thing is to get your story written. If you do belong to a group of writers it is helpful to review each others work with constructive criticism keeping an open mind that his or her work is very dear to them. Remember that these people are trying to help you improve your writing not trying to demean it. I suggest joining a group such as the one I attend. We read a lot of indie Author books, complete reviews, and learn about mistakes we’ve made and how to avoid them.
Angela K. Crandall
“Individual perspectives vary on issues, morals, and rules. If one has the ability to see more than one, than their writing can be very universal. There are writers who see thing from only one dimension while others see it clearly from all sides of the mountain, or are even able to look at things through many different world views. Those are the authors that have stuck with me encouraging me to write in depth and pour out my inner most feelings.”-Angela K Crandall