Guest article by Eliza Green
I love writing but I never knew it was in me to write.
In 2009, I read a book that didn’t go in a direction I expected it to and it irritated me enough that I penned my own story. The first draft took me a few weeks to get down on paper but I didn’t expect to feel so liberated by the idea of controlling the story. So I kept going. I’d like to think I’ve come a long way since that first draft!
So why is it so great to be a writer? Here are 10 reasons why.
1: You get to daydream and call it “plot development”
Or go to the movies under the thinly veiled disguise of “studying” character development. I owe it to myself to learn as many writing techniques in this way as possible ☺
2: You get to control the story
This is a big thing. Stories that go off on an impossible arc after a reasonable beginning frustrate me. Some might say the story is better for it, but I’m usually imagining cooler ways to write that story. I like to see if I can turn my own arcs into a completely new story idea.
3: Inspiration for new ideas exist all around you
When you’re a writer, it’s suddenly cool to be the loner in a café who observes their surroundings. I’ve always loved to do that. You see and hear the most interesting things when you’re not distracted by someone else. Let’s add an official title to that activity: eavesdropping ahem, I mean developing story ideas.
4: People think you’re cool for having written a book
I’ve received the loveliest emails during my three years of being an author. The comments I receive about my books always make me smile. When you’re having an off day, a nice comment can pick you up and remind you why you’re doing what you love.
5: You meet interesting people
Writers and readers are intellects. They search for ways to expand their knowledge and experiences and are open to trying new things—books or ideas. I feel at home among them.
6: You get to travel to interesting places
London Book Fair anyone? How about Book Expo America? Book signings, book-cons, they’re all opportunities to meet new people. Imagine being in a room full of people who are equally passionate about the same things you are? Exciting!
7: You choose how to reach readers
Readers are essential in this business and I love giving back where possible. I put myself where my fans are and make myself accessible to them. It’s important to have that connection, whether you’re an indie author, like me, or a traditionally published author.
8: It takes you out of your comfort zone
Writers are not known for being the most social of people. I’m generalising of course and I would describe myself as an introvert, but I’m definitely not shy. I just prefer smaller groups of people. Quality conversations feed my mind. I’ve found networking to be the hardest thing I’ve had to do so far, and the most rewarding.
9: You discover other authors are generous with their time.
I’ve learned so much from other writers/authors who’ve shared details of their successes online. I really couldn’t have done it without their support. And that’s what the writing community is all about. We don’t compete with each other, we support one another.
10: Your content is evergreen
When you publish, your books are up there forever if you want them to be. They keep earning you money while you find new readers and write new books. It’s very comforting to know your work isn’t about to expire unless you take it down. Or unless Amazon goes belly up. Let’s hope it never does!
Eliza Green tried her hand at fashion designing, massage, painting, and even ghost hunting, before finding her love of writing. She often wonders if her desire to change the ending of a particular glittery vampire story steered her in that direction (it did). After earning her degree in marketing, Eliza went on to work in everything but marketing but swears she uses it in everyday life, or so she tells her bank manager.
Born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, she lives there with her sci-fi loving, evil genius boyfriend. When not working on her next amazing science fiction adventure, you can find her reading, indulging in new food at an amazing restaurant or simply singing along to something with a half decent beat.
Two Worlds. Two Species. One Terrifying Secret.
In 2163, a polluted and overcrowded Earth forces humans to search for a new home. But the exoplanet they target, Exilon 5, is occupied.
Having already begun a massive relocation programme, the World Government on Earth sends Bill Taggart to monitor the threat level of the Indigenes, the alien race that lives on Exilon 5. Bill is a man on the edge. He believes the Indigenes killed his wife, but he doesn’t know why. Until now.
Stephen has every reason to despise the humans and their attempts to colonise his planet. To protect his species from further harm, he must go against his very nature and become human.
Laura O’Halloran is losing her daily battle with Seasonal Affective Disorder. Her only chance at recovery is leaving the dark Earth for the sunnier climate of Exilon 5. She hopes her credentials as a World Government employee will secure her a one-way trip, but with the ever increasing relocation demand that is not a guarantee.
Her discovery of a deadly secret threatens her life and that of Bill and Stephen. A secret so great it could rip apart both worlds.