Hey folks. I’m still recovering from a week-long cold. I’ve been sick since last Sunday but I have promised two Canadian writers a guest-spot on my blog here – so without further ado I turn the page over to Sarah Butland.
How I Write – Sarah Butland
With an unfocused mind, a four year old playing hockey and lunch looming, I find a deadline and meet it. My fingers type as fast as they can while I yell congratulations and plead “just another minute”, hoping I can come up with something of some merit.
Blood Day came out of this exact predicament and when I at last had a minute to read it I was blown away. However the ideas come to an author, I think we’re all a bit surprised when we read our own stories and delighted when it all comes together.
With blog posts such as this one I stress, worry and hesitate to come up with a topic and then suddenly my fingers just go and hopefully get to a point when it all ends.
Some writers I know get up earlier in the morning or stay up late at night, I can’t find that luxury. Working at a full time job at nights and home all day with my little boy leaves very few moments to sit and think so instead of thinking I just write with fingers crossed.
Pressure makes my stories grow weirder.
Normally a mystery author, this fantasy short story took me by surprise and when it won top prize in the contest I entered it in, I questioned my entire focus. Now I just write any genre as the story comes to me which I actually think is best for challenging purposes and meeting new people, doesn’t make it easy to create a steady fan base.
Moral of this story is that I write what I can when I can and hope for the best. Not for the most sales or biggest monetary prize, but to show my son what it’s like to live a dream and be passionate.
Thanks for the opportunity to share my story (and stories). What a great idea for a blog installment!
Happy writing and ever reading,
PS: Between March 27th and March 30th you can download my award winning short story for free on Amazon / Kindle at http://bookShow.me/B00J5NTC5W
So any of you folks out there with a Kindle who are looking for a fast free weekend read why not grab yourself a copy today.
As for me, I need to go back downstairs to my couch and lay down for awhile.
yours in storytelling,