Beth A. Freely calls Texas home and she loves comic book super hero movies, Star Wars and shooting pool. She is an accomplished writer and published author and holds a Bachelor's in Journalism and a Master's in English and Creative Writing.
3 RULES FOR USING COPYRIGHTED PHOTOS IN YOUR BLOG
No matter what you read, or what blogging podcast you listen to, they give you the same piece of advice repeatedly. Add photos to your blog.
ARE YOU A PLOTTER OR PANTSER? PLANNING YOUR NOVEL
I hate making a formal planning outline for any novel I am working on. I had to make so many formal outlines while studying for my two degrees that I refuse to make a plot outline for my novels. As a novel writer, I’m asked all the time, “How do you write your novels? How do you plan for them? Do you use plotting software?”
JUST HOW LONG IS THIS STORY SUPPOSED TO BE?
How long am I supposed to make my blog? What about my article? Hey, a white paper? A novel? Flash fiction? Okay, no one said writing was easy, whether you write fiction or non-fiction. When I first started writing stories, I was never sure how long to make my chapters. I wasn’t even sure if short stories were supposed to just have break marks or chapters. As I’ve continued writing and made it my professional career, I’ve come across other writers starting out that have the same questions.
Do You See What I See: Symbolism in Literature
Every story has a theme. That theme could be love, hate, peace war… the possibilities are endless. It all depends on what the author is trying to convey. Even Dr. Seuss' Green Eggs & Ham, a children's book my 19-year-old daughter can recite in its entirety, has a theme (in case you're wondering, that theme is to try something new before you say you don't like it). While the casual reader may not sit down and analyze the novel they are reading, subconsciously they are recognizing the theme of the story.
What Inspires Your Writing?
People ask me all the time, "What inspires your writing?" It's not an easy question to answer. There are a lot of things that inspire my writing, a lot of things that get the creative juices flowing, the hand writing, fingers typing, words appearing on the page. Inspiration can be found anywhere: from a nature walk in the woods to a single piece of music from a movie or your favorite band.
The Writer's Toolbox
A writer's toolbox is as individual as the writer it belongs to. I know. I have three of them and what is in the one I leave the house with depends on what my day holds. As writers, bloggers, authors, novelists... we are able to take our craft with us wherever we go. And with technology consistently providing us with new ways of keeping in touch with the world, our writing takes on a life of its own.