Wednesday Writers Wisdom: 9 Artifacts Every Writer Can Use by L.Z. Marie
What is Wednesday Writers Wisdom?
I’m glad you asked. I originally started this series to share writing advice with other writers, especially beginning writers. I know when I first started writing again in 2010, I needed a lot of help. So, thus WWW was born. You can expect to find writing advice shared by me, other #ourwriteside authors, and guest authors. Our emails are always available for question suggestions as well. I’d like to start the conversation and answer those questions you must have answers to. After all, this isn’t just OUR Write Side, but it’s Yours, too.
Our Wednesday Writers Wisdom comes to you today from L.Z. Marie. She’s a long time writer with a lot of advice to share. If you don’t follow her blog, you should.
L.Z. Marie began writing the moment she was able to hold a crayon. She scribbled stories in elementary school, penned personalized silly tales for her friends in middle school, and joined the school newspaper in high school. A part-time job as a clerk for the local library located just through the woods behind her house allowed ample time to wander up and down the musty stacks–it was a very old library.
L.Z. attended the University of Utah for a few years until learning took a backseat to rearing four children. She managed to squeeze in frequent trips to the library, checking out the maximum number of books each visit. Flash forward a few years and L.Z. returned to school to complete her literature degree. Teaching, more schooling, and mommy duties kept Marie busy racing through the day. The moment her children were able to forage for their own food and the day after receiving her Masters, she plunged head first into her passion–writing novels. She hasn’t stopped writing since.
By day, L.Z. teaches literary craft and authorial technique in the International Baccalaureate program. A drive on the harrowing Southern California freeway takes her back home where she writes, blogs, and avoids housework.
To date, L.Z. is working on the third in her 5-book paranormal romance Merkabah Series and has completed a historical fiction.
9 Artifacts Every Writer Can Really Use
Writers are a curious bunch. We tend to be a tad superstitious when it comes to writing. A writing routine, a preferred chair, a favorite mug or coffee shop: All these—so we convince ourselves—provide the creative sanctuary to imagine plot, character, and conflict. Here are a few other notable objects that might also come in handy.
- Ruby slippers from the Wizard of Oz movie: These magic slippers will send you back home—you know, the one located in front of your computer, the cursor blinking hello from the middle of your neglected WIP.
- The ring from Lord of the Rings: Yeah, yeah, it makes everyone power-hungry, but sometimes writers need to add a bit of obsessiveness into their writing quest. A dash of ‘precious’ fanaticism helps finish that novel.
- Everlasting gobstopper from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: But only if it comes in coffee flavors and provides a constant caffeine fix.
- Invisibility cloak from Harry Potter: Great for sidling unseen next to agents and publishing execs during a writers conference to hear the inside scoop on the biz. Also fabulous for hiding from family and friends when you don’t wish to be disturbed while writing.
- Magic carpet from One Thousand and One Nights: Although Google’s satellite view is awesome for ‘seeing’ locations and topography it sure would be nice to fly through a locale for a closer look.
- Babel fish from Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: Perfect for translating the conflicting information heard at a writers conference, or a friend’s ‘helpful’ suggestions, or a rambling Facebook post.
- Soma from Brave New World: Rewriting, editing, crafting summaries, querying agents, waiting-waiting-waiting, receiving rejections—sometimes a writer needs to pop some Happy Happy Happy to soothe anxieties and doubts.
- Wilson the volleyball from the movie Castaway: Wilson understands. He’s always there and ready to listen. Writers need a person to vent, to explain, to question, to work through all those little problems and decisions cropping up during the coarse of our writing day. And Wilson keeps secrets!
- The iconic silver bullet: No, you don’t really want to shoot anybody, but it sure would be a nice weapon for those vanity press werewolves, Facebook witches, and computer/component/program/coding monsters determined to thwart your dream.
- The whale from Moby Dick: Writers need a nemesis. It’s great for conflict ideas, philosophical introspection, and angst—all requirements of a thought-provoking novel!
Which item do you wish you were in possession of?