M.A. Wohl

Writer on a Quest !

A friend lended me a book.

Well, three really. So far, it was the longest novel I’d been in contact with.

I was twelve. The title was: « The Lord of the Rings« .

In a Writer’s Heart

I finished the novels within a week. When I closed the last book, I remember vividly thinking two things.

One : this was the most amazing novel I’ve ever read.

Two : I wanted more than anything in the world to create stories that made people feel the way I was feeling. Overjoyed. Amazed. Hopeful.
My little 12 years heart was bursting with all those exhilarating emotions. All because of a story written by an Oxford University teacher.

I already knew I wanted to be a writer. I learned then what kind of writer I wanted to be.

Fantasy Worlds

Every time I’m trying to write outside the Fantasy realms, the endeavour seems to fail.

The best exemple would be my recent attempts to write a contemporary Christmas rom-com. It was so boring it soon became a chore to put words one after the other.

Something had to be done.

Like… witches?

Once Upon a Time

Twelve days before Christmas (because us, Christmas rom-com novels/movie aficionados, we do enjoyed cozy déjà-vu clichés), an unlikely meeting occur in an unlikely place.

After the meet cute part, my Christmas rom-com story wasn’t going anywhere really.

The characters had no place to grow, to change, to make an actual good story. They were merely waiting for the big kissing finally.

Now, Main Character is going on the « where Christmas magic happens » road.

And writing romantic comedy for adult readers finally feel rights.

Dear fellow writers, it has been a while since I had the privilege of sharing the tra deri dera of my writers life. I thank you from the bottom of my heart to have taken the time to read this little writing-process thing.

I hope you and everyone you hold dear are safe and happy. May all the good words flow your way.

Until next time!

Wonderful Stories, Beautiful Writing!

Blogging might not be as popular as it use to be, but it sure holds wonders to explore.

A book blogger – I forgot the name, I’m very sorry ! – mentioned this « Instead of Three Wishes » and for some reason, even though I read loads of book reviews and look a LOT of book cover (this mama writer’s going hybride), I immediately purchase that one.

I rarely buy short stories books. Too often, I would read one or two stories and lose interest.

However, this BOOK !! Fantasy short stories !

Simplicity

Author Megan Whalen Turner is a wonderful writer.

Simplicity in writing is a hard thing to achieve and she’s able to reach it in very flowing yet intriguing way. Every sentence makes you want to keep reading.

It was impossible for my writer-self to not wonder, with a dash of envy, « How does she do it » at the end of each story.

She’s also a master at creating incredible characters. It was such a delight to follow them in their extraordinary, mysterious, delightful fantasy adventures.

Hail to the Book Blogger Community!

I follow a good deal of book bloggers out there. Of course, time flies and I can’t read all the reviews, nor buy every books that tickles my endless hunger for wonderful stories.

However, every now and then, luck strikes, all thanks to a dedicated member of the Book Blogger Community.

To that person who first share a review about « Instead of Three Wishes », many, many thanks.

It has been a while since I read such a wonderful, beautiful book. Those characters and their stories, the amazing imagination of author Whalen Turner are a rare find. I am so very grateful for that book!

Dear fellow writers, and readers, until next time !

A month without a word went by.

Maybe a little note here and there, a vague idea par-ci, par-là.

To be honest, dear fellow writers, getting back to writing feels a bit daunting.

However, if you’ve been around this blog, you know I went into research mode before writing a single word !

How to Get Back to Writing?

Here it goes!

  • Make Sure You’re Ready

    Life happens. A new baby, a full-frontal burnout, a broken heart.
    Before getting back to writing, it will help to make sure we’re at peace with ourselves – more or less, of course. Although in this case, More is definitely better !
    Writing because the heart longs for the simple, wonderful joy of seeing words, and all the worlds they hold, on the page. That’s how I knew I was ready.
  • Expect a Slow Start

    It will be slow. Like every muscle of our bodies, the writing muscle gets rusty after a while.
    Words will sound weird, sentence will look awful. The first writing sessions will end with the tiniest word count ever.
    If we keep writing without judging ourselves from our past writing productivity peaks, we’ll get the writing muscle back in shape in no time!

  • Set New Realistic Writing Goals

    Sometimes when getting back to something we deeply loved to do, we set the expectations way too high.
    Setting realistic goals let us have a smoother dive into the writing novel land.
    And… when I say « Realistic », I mean being honest with our own reality.

    In my reality, considering my mental health issue, responsibilities and so on and so forth, my new writing goals will be down right oh-so-friendly!
    Writing’s gotta be my ultimate happy place right now.

Bonus Tips !

  • Clean up the work space
  • Read through your writing project before writing-editing-revising
  • Phone off, Internet off, kids off with partner

Dear fellow writers, I hope with all my heart you are well, safe and healthy in your corner of the world. May all the good words be with you!

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