LET’S TALK WRITING #7
with Christine Larsen, author of “Old McLarsen Had Some Farms”
and 8 other books!
Viga asked the questions of ‘Why?’ and ‘What?’ a writer writes.
Recently I’ve asked myself these questions. ‘Why’ varies considerably. In the memoir genre, it’s a record of older times and places for others to share, hopefully arousing happy memories of their own to enjoy or consider sharing too. It’s a challenge for younger generations to reconsider some ‘old-fashioned’ ethics and ideals… and the most valuable of ‘values’.
Flash fiction stories for ‘prompt’ challenges mostly exercise my funny bone, although sometimes a deeper, contemplative train of thought develops. Some particularly lovely times, the 500 worder provides the germ of a longer ‘short’ story. Magical! Such a challenge – and yet, the most marvellous tool teaching more disciplined writing. Staying within a word constraint is incredibly positive for anything else you write.
My writing process was once pencil and paper, typed into my computer. Now I use my Scrivener directly for most story creations. Harder on the eyes, but so satisfying – copying, pasting, striking-through, highlighting, AND making many notes to myself.
And the writing ‘fraternity’? Magnificent. Today, another fascinating and insightful written dialogue with a lady who has given me SO much welcome information about the traumas of mothering a son who has far outlived his diagnosed life span – as I draft a story about disability. She described a kindly editor – ‘She helps me, I help you – it’s all about good karma’. Imagine… I’m in Australia, she’s in France, and this is going to Canada. You have to LOVE technology!
I have a website – not bad, but in the throes of update – CEEDEE MOODLING
But I’m most proud of achievements on Tablo Publishing – developing stories and book covers, and creating memes from photos – Christine’s Profile Page.
For feedback from other writers in all stages of development, WriteOn by Kindle – home of the 500 word ‘prompt’ challenges – is exceptional – Christine’s Profile Page
A NOTE FROM VIGA BOLAND, editor of VIANVI:
Thanks so much for your views on writing Christine. Just took a look at your Tablo page. Wow…talk about prolific. Perhaps you could tell our visitors a bit more about this site as they might be interested in writing there too. Ditto, “WriteOn by Kindle”. Would love some more information from you please. You can leave it in the comments or send it to me and I’ll add it to this post.
As for our visitors, please leave some feedback and/or questions you may have for Christine in the COMMENTS section below this post. Thanks!