Welcome everyone. I’m Stephanie Roberts. Thank you for joining me on my journey to Writeside-Up. Admittedly, a hit and miss affair often filled with frustration and confusion but ever so satisfying when the story finally comes together.
I often reflect on what brave souls we are to expose our writer’s mind to others. How inside our head lives multiple personalities we call characters. There is no escaping them or their emerging worlds. They invade our thoughts during quiet moments and in our sleep. For me, those intrepid souls called friends and acquaintances inspire the clarity and depth of my character traits. I incorporate similar or exaggerated mannerisms and idiosyncrasies. Do they recognize themselves? More often than not.
Our preferred genres, how we breathe life into our characters through dialogue and description, and our style of writing also provides others a glimpse into the author’s psyche. Whether we write terrifying thrillers or romantic comedies, these elements combined to become our fingerprint, identify our voice in the way we convey a story to the reader.
Upon these pages are not lessons on how to write. I leave that to sites like Fiction University, Now Novel, Helping Writers Become Authors, Write To Done, and NaNoWriMo to name a scant few. Rather Writeside-Up offers personal thoughts on my novel writing experience and the nuggets of enlightenment I garnered along the way. It also provides a platform for you to share your thoughts on your own writing journey. I look forward to you contributing to the conversation by sharing the insights discovered along your journey.
Thanks for listening. Cheers.