Writers on Writing: Kelly Rey

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From her first discovery of Nancy Drew, Kelly has had a lifelong love for mystery and tales of things that go bump in the night, especially those with a twist of humor. Through many years of working in the court reporting and closed captioning fields, writing has remained a constant. If she’s not in front of a keyboard, she can be found reading, working out or avoiding housework. She’s a member of Sisters in Crime and lives in the Northeast with her husband and a menagerie of very spoiled pets.

What is the most important thing you’ve learned about writing?MotionforMadness

That first drafts aren’t supposed to be spun gold.

How has this helped you as a writer?

That realization gives you freedom to relax and enjoy the process and it quiets the little voice that says you can’t do this.

Mac or PC?

PC.

Do you use Word or Scrivener?

Word.

Do you write or take notes with an iPad or tablet?

I write on a simple little laptop with a long battery life, to accommodate my procrastination.Motionformalice (2)

Do you have any writing rituals?

Nothing I’d call a ritual, but I often procrastinate by watching some YouTube videos, or book shopping, or by checking e-mail, before I realize time is getting away from me and I’d better get to work.

Do you start by writing or researching first?

I think it depends on the book, although when I have an idea, I tend to jump right into it and research as I go along.Motionformistletoe

Favorite spot to write in the winter? Favorite spot to write in the summer?

My writing spots don’t change with the season, or else I’d probably be distracted and get nothing done. I’m a creature of habit as far as that goes.MotionforMurder_5in

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Copyright © 2016 by Diane Morasco

Interview first appeared in Long Island Book Reviews

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3 Vital Reasons Why Writers Should Utilize Social Media

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  • Let’s face it, cookie cakes, we reside in a social media driven environment which demands communication and engagement. A well-maintained, updated hub with quality content for readers to interact with you one-on-one through questions and comments is a priceless commodity for writers. And this translates into thrilled readers and more sales. It’s a win-win for all! I put together three vital reasons writers need to utilize social media. Enjoy!

  • Develop Followers. If you are sharing worthwhile, solution-oriented content you will develop an ever-growing cache of dedicated enthusiasts.
  • Develop Contacts. With an online presence you are able to harvest a collection of potential relations with not just readers and other writers, but with designers, media firms, and other professional associates by networking.
  • Staying Plugged in Gifts You with Constructive Feedback. Staying connected is an invaluable gift for you and your followers. When your enthusiasts send you an email, share something in social media, or remark on a post, they are gifting you with a productive reaction. They express what they love or hate about your books, your characters, your setting, your writing, or even about you. When your supporters share something you posted, they let you know what echoes within them and what they want more of from you.  

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    Remember to stay ahead of the game by remaining in the know with the most forward-thinking, knowledgeable data in your arena of expertise. Don’t plummet into the lackadaisical vortex and let the competition steal your anchor and claim your place in the sun.

     

    Article first appeared in Long Island Book Reviews Examiner.

     

    Copyright © 2016 by Diane Morasco
     

 

 

7 Tips for Overcoming Writer’s Block

calvin-hobbes-writers-blockNo writer wants to talk about writer’s block but at some point the discussion has to happen. Let’s say it, “writer’s block” is an ugly set of words. It is a vicious vortex to be pulled into, but there are ways to combat the debilitating feeling of distress, frustration and unworthiness. So, what causes writer’s block? The likely explanations for writer’s block are innumerable: angst, a birth, a death, a divorce, an engagement, a job termination, a marriage, and a new home…any life change can be the culprit. I put a list of tips together to tackle and combat your writer’s block. I am rooting for you to keep on doing what you love—write!

1. Write! You won’t overcome your writer’s block if you don’t delve into the fray head first…or in this case pencil, pen or keys first!

2. Set deadlines and keep them! Find a writing partner or writing group and agree to hold each other accountable to deadlines.

3. Be kind to yourself! Treat yourself the way you would treat a friend in this position.

4. Implement a writing schedule! Show up at the scheduled writing time and just write. Even if you are just staring at blank pages, keep your scheduled writing appointments.

5. Give yourself a vacation! Take time off when you complete a project.

6. Think of writing as a REAL profession NOT a hobby! We put words on pages instead of paint on walls.

7. Remember why you started to write! Write what you love. Write what stirs your soul. Write what you feel in your core, not what you think you should be writing or what scribble bunk you can toss together the fastest to make a buck.

Article first appeared in Long Island Book Reviews Examiner.

Copyright © 2016 by Diane Morasco