Kindles vs Paperbacks….

So i have had this discussion with many a person and it seems as though everyone has their own views. Are kindles going to be the death of the paperback book?

I can see the obvious benefits to having a kindle. Having your entire library at your finger tips at any given moment seems like a readers heaven. Having your book instantly when ordering from amazon, rather than anxiously waiting for the postman to knock  on your door with your long awaited literary masterpiece. Let’s not forget the financial implications of the kindle. With there being no actual printing involved they tend to be a damned site cheaper than an actual physical copy. BUT, and i may be the only one with this line of thinking, there is no better smell than a brand new book.

As a child, my auntie was the one that instilled in me, the importance of reading. She was my childminder and every day after school she would sit down with me and listen to me read as part of my homework. I would sit snuggled in her arms as i read each page and with this i developed a strange habit. I would read with my finger. I still do this if i am honest and i always tried to hide it because i was shy about my ‘Childish Habit’. It was only recently that i figured out why i still do this. I LOVE and i mean LOVE the feel of books and their paper. Not only that though, i love the smell of the book itself. The musty old paper smell you get when you flicked the pages through. There is no better smell in the world. I even tried to convince my partner that i wasn’t crazy, and got them to try it. Sufficed to say, they didn’t quite appreciate it in the same way that i did.

I do not own a kindle for the reasons stated above, however i do have the kindle app on my smartphone. I have found a rather ingenious use for it, to suit my needs. I use it to preview a book before buying. As you probably already, know you can usually get the first couple chapters or so for free sent directly to you kindle account. If i enjoy what i have read, i will order the actual paperback copy to add to my collection. A collection that spans around150 books, all from childhood through to adult life. Obviously, i am struggling to find places for my collection and my other half does not appreciate the magnitude of my collection. In fact i tend to get a resounding groan when i attempt to purchase a new book in their presence. I am constantly getting nagged to invest in a kindle to keep our home less cluttered with books.

Obviously when i am travelling, no matter how far, i always have to have at least one book on me. If i am going for a long time or even a 2 week holiday, i could read atlas 5 books in that time and that can get kind of heavy. I so i usually have to make do with 1 or 2. I look around the pool and i see every other person these days has a kindle. I really wish i could get on board with the kindle idea but i think it take the magic out of reading. I think that the magic of watching how quickly you progress through a book is lost. The feel of the pages, the smell of the book.

As an aspiring author, i also think that i would prefer to see my accomplishment in the flesh so to speak. Once i have finished y first novel, i want to be able to hold it in my hands and show people. This is just me.

How do you feel about it? Do you own a kindle? Do you think that you get the same experiences with a  kindle as you do with an actual book? I would love to hear your thoughts.

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How do you prefer to write?

I have recently been doing a lot of research on what people find to be the most productive way of writing and i was surprised to find that everybody is different. I am the type of person that likes to plan and strategies in my day to day life. At work, i have notebooks upon notebooks of instructions and guides on how to do everything i have come into contact with. Despite this, i have found that when i sit down to write my novel, i prefer to just go with the flow. Although i have a rough guide as to where my story is heading, i have pretty much winged it throughout. Now, don’t get me wrong, i am not sure if this helps or hinders my actual novel but it is just the way i prefer to write. So my question to you is, how do you do it?

Also, generally, most of my productive writing time is inconveniently snuggled right in-between my office hours. When i am sitting last my desk, i seem to be majorly inspired. Plot twists and character characteristics start jumping out of my subconscious with very little prompting. Now, this may sound fantastic but when you are sitting staring at 3 screens worth of end of month billing, the last place your mind should be is in a fictional world. So, i try to keep a book for everything i write. I have a leather bound book that i write all my little tidbits down in and then try and recapture the thought in the evening (Where my writing won’t get me sacked!) Do you have a specific time of day you have inspiration strike you? Is it in the middle of the day? Is it in the middle of the night and you have to jump out of bed agonisingly stubbing your toe in the dark as your scramble for the light to find a piece of paper and a pen?

I try to make sure i write something per day of my novel. Now, whether that is 2 sentences or 22 pages, that all depends on my ability to optimise my inspiration when it strikes. However, i must admit, reaching 100,000 words is looking like pushing a stone up a mountain with my nose would be an easier task.

Maybe i just need to find my routine. Maybe if i stick to a schedule, that mountain will start shrinking. Who knows, only time will tell but for now, i will just keep plugging away and see where my imagination takes me.

To write is to create… Writer’s Block

I have always been a writer of sorts. When i was a teen, it was poetry and as a child it was diaries. No i seemed to have developed into full blown novels. Although i cannot call myself an author just yet, i wholeheartedly consider myself a writer.

I recently spoke with a friend of mine that has been writing her own novel and i was reminded of the joy and accomplishment writing can bring and it gave a me a renewed sense of conviction. I was suddenly filled with the desire to continue where i left off with my long awaited (if by me only for the most part) novel. It wasn’t until i began writing again, was it that i remembered why i had stopped in the first place….Writers Block!!!

Although this has not been as severe a case as previously, it has still reared its ugly head from time to time. Im still trying to find some things that fight it off and so far, only a few have worked. I thought i would share them with everyone as i struggled to find any decent answers when googling this.

1. Write something completely different to your desired project – As i have mentioned, I’m writing a novel and when i get all baby brained, i try and write something that is completely irrelevant to my project. This helps me to work through the crap until my creative juices start flowing again. Once i have cleared the cobwebs, i head on back to my novel, refreshed and invigorated.

2.Write through it – Sometimes writing utter nonsense can have a rather pleasant outcome. Yes you may be left with 80% waste, but that other 20% could be the golden egg you have been searching for. The mess that you have just spent the last 20 minutes writing will obviously need editing but there could be something that sparks off a whole new chapter for one of you characters.

3. Write consistently – Whether i feel like it or not, writing every day seems to put me in the right routine to get things done. If i become complacent it tends to slip from my mind and my story becomes all muddy in its definition. It doesn’t necessarily need to be my novel but it needs to be something. This is also my reason for blogging now, a creative outlet for my minds wanderings.

4. Speak to other authors/writers – Having a discussion about the ups and downs, triumphs and sadnesses of writing can help renew your desire to write. This is definitely something that worked in my case. I have maybe only 2 serious writer friends but their opinions and advice can go a long way in giving me a kick up the back side.

5. Finally if all else fails – Walk away! Not permanently but at least for a day or two. This sometimes give me that whole ‘fresh eyes’ perspective that i was missing when my head was so buried in the story the lines of reality and fiction became blurred. This is a fail safe and a last resort but i definitely works in giving you a fresh look at things when you return to it. Just make sure that you do 🙂

If you have any other tips on beating Writer’s block, i would be very interested in hearing them. Like i said before, i am all new to this plus someone else may find it useful.