Watching other writers on line


There seems to be a proliferation of online sites which now offer readers [ and other authors] the chance to hear and see their favourite writers in conversation.

Two of the most professional include;

* Simon and Shuster authors of all genres, including romance- and you can sign up for a weekly new video -the latest is from a writer/producer of ‘McClouds Daughters’ if you like that TV show, http://www.bookvideos.tv/

* Romance Novel TV, internet TV – with several big US names here, extracts and there is a message board with writing tips – http://www.romancenovel.tv/. Hearing Nora Roberts and Susan Elizabeth Phillips talk about when THEY got the call is inspiring.

And of course there are Romance online magazines, MySpace, YouTube interviews and PR slots, and websites for authors and publishers. Far too many to many to list. Far too many to watch and get involved with without serious procrastination/ work avoidance.

As Liz Fenwick reported in her notes on the presentation Cat Cobain, editor Little Black Dress, gave at the recent RNA Conference, there is a lot to be said for ‘Quiet Time’ when we don’t fill our down time with blogging and internet work.

The dilemma is that I personally don’t like to read other romance authors for pleasure when I am actually writing the first draft of a book. Not because I fear plagarism, but because my poor simple brain is then thinking/living the characters and the world created by the wonderful author. And not my own pathetic efforts. Ditto TV series and movies.

I have not see the latest Harry Potter film yet!

Since I have the attention span of a gnat, this leaves autobiography reference books, how to books and .. online. Domestic duties and gardening are way down the list.

Which means – I had better complete this first draft. Pronto. 🙂

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