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July 7, 2012 / diannegray

Feels so free – feels like me

I was reading the newspaper this morning and (apart from Tom and Katie’s breakup upsetting extra-terrestrials more than humans), I came across an article about becoming a successful writer. Apparently, you need to stick to the same formula or story line to get enough of a following to become the Next Big Bookshelf Filler. For example – if you write about zombies, stick to zombies – if you write about mid-life-crisis sex, stick to mid-life-crisis sex, because your readers will know what to expect.

Oops – too late. Every short story and novel I’ve written are immeasurably different. My short stories run the entire scale from dark and intense to humorous. An example of this is the very dark Corrugated Dreaming which won an HQ/Harper Collins award to the very light Hot Dog Stand which won the Comic Crime prize in the Scarlet Stiletto awards.

I didn’t know this secret writers rule when I started writing and I’m kind of glad. Writing, for me, is more of an expression of self rather than getting out there and slam-dunking my stories through that illusive JK Rowlingesque hoop of life.

Truth is – I can’t help writing.  Other truth is – I mumble, laugh at my own jokes and hate flying. I’ve had to go interstate a few times to collect writing awards which is great – but flying and speaking in public = NIGHTMARE. My family banned me from watching Air Crash Investigations but that’s annoying because now I don’t know what to look for when I get on a plane (like cracks in the fuselage, loose rivets and ice overload).

But I was wondering when I read the article this morning why my stories are all so different.

Bear with me because I’m thinking out loud here:

Novels:
Let Sleeping Gods Lie – a Harley-riding biker returns to his family to confront the demons of his past. His father is a cult leader and the story examines fundamentalist religion and the shadow it can cast across a landscape, through communities and within families. The plot is propelled by mystery and moth-balled family secrets of love, betrayal and murder. (A sweeping landscape novel that I wrote when I was living in a sweeping landscape).

Wolf Pear – a psychic detective is tracking down the serial killer who murdered his brother. His quest leads him to a very odd woman and her ‘death’ garden. (I used to wish I was a psychic detective until I realised I wasn’t psychic).

The Everything Theory – a boy finds himself being chased by the secret service after getting caught up with a group of scientists who investigate advanced ancient technology. This is a thriller for anyone interested in the Nine Unknown Men, anthropology, astronomy, Gilgamesh, Zoroastrianism , Angkor Wat, the pyramids and anything to do with the truth behind mythology and conspiracy theories. (My biggest seller – I think because it deals with things we know about but have never really ‘known’ about, if you get my drift).

Soul’s Child – A fake television psychic/ghost hunter is confronted by the thing he has lied about and earned money off for years – a demon. The story is told by his wheel-chair bound daughter who holds the real power and must dig deep to save him. (I’ve watched a few ghost- hunting ‘reality’ shows on television and wonder what the crew would do if something nasty really did appear).

The Eleventh Question (unpublished) – There have been ten pivotal questions asked since people had their very first intelligent thought. The first question – who am I? The second question – why am I here? Every time a new question is asked the world moves to another level of enlightenment.  Now a girl is set to ask the next big question – the problem is, her question changes the world in a way no one expected. (Oh, how I love philosophy! The larger portion of the truth arises from the seemingly irrelevant).

My next story will be different again, not because I like breaking the rules, but because I like variety and if that’s me, I’ll stay true to myself.

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  1. Dave Whatt / Jul 7 2012 9:20 am

    Oh yes! – just do what you do!

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    • diannegray / Jul 7 2012 10:33 am

      Thanks Dave! I’m really enjoying reading your blogs 🙂

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      • Dave Whatt / Jul 8 2012 8:53 am

        And thank you for your support Dianne!

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  2. Katherine Hilden / Jul 7 2012 2:32 pm

    Good to meet you. Thanks for following my caricature blog, http://katherinehilden.wordpress.com. You may actually like my other two blogs (!!) better and their links are cited on the caricature blog. One is called artamaze (about art and teaching art) and the other is called facefame (gritty caricatures of people in the news.) Btw, are you Dianne E. Gray? because my public library has 3 books by the author of that name.

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    • diannegray / Jul 7 2012 9:20 pm

      Hi Katherine, Dianne E Gray is an American author and I am from Australia (I’m Dianne F Gray) and sometimes people confuse us. Had I known there was another author out there with the same name I would have published under a different name, but my books and name are out there now so it seems all to hard to change everything (though I’m still considering it). I’ll have a look at your other blogs – thank you so much for sharing 🙂

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  3. uniqueweirdness / Jul 7 2012 2:40 pm

    Ha! Thank you! I just started my blog and wasn’t planning on sticking to any one topic either. That just seems boring.

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    • diannegray / Jul 7 2012 9:21 pm

      Great idea – mix it up a little and it’s always interesting!

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  4. Tammy @ LaughingAtEverydayLife / Jul 7 2012 4:54 pm

    Your books all sound very interesting…. Ps, I always laugh at my own jokes. Lol

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  5. Jen / Jul 7 2012 9:10 pm

    I’m happy you popped onto my screen, your books definitely sound interesting, I love the sound of ‘The Eleventh Question’ ….. is variety not the spice of life? Jen …. PS used to live in Cairns … often miss FNQ

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    • diannegray / Jul 7 2012 9:28 pm

      Hi Jen – great to find someone who used it live in FNQ. The photo at the top of my page was taken at our farm at Green Hill near Gordonvale, Spent a lot of time in the inlet crabbing and fishing (how I miss those days). When the Eleventh Question is published I’ll send you a copy 🙂

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  6. just *k / Jul 7 2012 11:39 pm

    what a treat to discover your blog.. i found my way here because you were kind enough to check out (and like) http://themiddlelifeofk.wordpress.com/
    i believe if ‘change’ is the one constant, we are almost compelled to explore and diversify as we evolve. it’s a fact of life, if you will.

    i love the idea of the Eleventh Question… not to mention your post on the ideas for your ideas!
    Great work.

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    • diannegray / Jul 8 2012 12:15 am

      Thank you! I’ve read through a few of your blogs and really liked them. Looking forward to reading more!

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  7. Joe Pineda / Jul 8 2012 12:14 am

    I think it’s expected for a writer to adhere to certain themes and artistic inclinations, but not genres. That’s silly if you ask me.

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    • diannegray / Jul 8 2012 2:55 am

      Agree, Joe. It’s nice to be free to write what you want to write without the pressures having to do the same thing over and over again (unless, of course, you just love that particular genre and there’s nothing wrong with that!)

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  8. Sharon McGill / Jul 8 2012 2:53 am

    Writers should always stretch themselves and keep it interesting. I do think, however, that after time it’s like Joe says–certain themes and inclinations will reveal themselves. I know that many of my favorite writers hit a wide range of subjects and stories, but it’s their style or perspective on things that keeps me coming back as a reader.

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    • diannegray / Jul 8 2012 9:07 am

      You’re very right, Sharon – we all have our unique way of doing things. This is what keeps me coming back to the authors I love, regardless of subject matter or genre.

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  9. Kendra Lee / Jul 8 2012 7:32 am

    Sounds like you write what you want, when you want and how you want and because of that I am following your blog!

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  10. prysmatique / Jul 8 2012 7:54 am

    I agree with you!! I don’t think you need to do the same story, but no matter how diverse the plots, every author develops their own unique style of writing. That’s what brings everything together and creates an interesting portfolio of an author’s works. I’m glad you aspire to be different, but I am sure that your readership will find there is some sort of a link between all these works. It may not be setting or genre or plot, but there will always be something. An author has to leave some sort of signature within his or her work.

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    • diannegray / Jul 8 2012 8:49 am

      I’m sure there is something, there must be! I think I write according to mood and I’m always changing and learning new things. One day I’ll settle down 🙂

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  11. BJ / Jul 8 2012 8:52 am

    I agree! Lets write to express ourselves, whatever it may be. There are so many different things I love, different areas of my life, and new discoveries I’ll forever make. I can’t keep writing about the same thing. Yes, it will have my style throughout it all, as I’m sure your books do ( the 7th question sounds very interesting), but what we write about will evolve, change, grow.
    Thanks for your post!
    BJ xx

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    • diannegray / Jul 8 2012 9:12 am

      Thanks BJ – This is why I’m enjoying blogging! No two days are ever the same

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  12. dawn of april / Jul 8 2012 1:14 pm

    I think it’s great they’re all different- I don’t know how ppl write the same type of material day in and day out. It shows you can cover a wide variety of subjects, genres, etc kudos!

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    • diannegray / Jul 8 2012 9:26 pm

      Thank you Dawn – I really hope you’re over your writer’s block and best of luck with your writing!

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  13. singingbones / Jul 8 2012 3:06 pm

    Hi dianne, thanks for reading and following my blog today! Glad I found yours, and to hear that your husband seems better now… I would be very interested in finding out more about how you got published, what that process entailed…. I have been working on a novel off and on for a year now… but it is not finished, of course. any insights you wish to share here would be most helpful, thanks! SB

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    • diannegray / Jul 8 2012 9:45 pm

      Thank you for the follow. Getting published isn’t an easy business. It mainly started for me through winning writing competitions and awards. There are many competitions, but you need to really check them out to make sure they’re legitimate before you send your story to them. It also shouldn’t cost too much money (between $0-50). It’s a lot of work but by the looks of your blog I’m sure you’ve certainly got the talent and drive to succeed in just about anything you do. Let me know if you’re interested in putting your completed story into any particular writing competition. PS – I also love philosophy, best of luck

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      • singingbones / Jul 9 2012 9:14 pm

        Thanks for your reply and for the idea of finding some competitions. I will do some research on this. thanks for your nice words about my writing also…. I’ll be back! SB

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  14. leighkgb02 / Jul 8 2012 5:58 pm

    It sounds to me that anyone reading an article on how to become a successful author, telling you to never REALLY grow and change and allow your experiences to change what you write or how you write it and taking it seriously isn’t actually a true writer at heart. More like someone who wants to be famous, but doesn’t feel like trying out for reality tv (yet). Keep doing what you do, I’m definitely picking up some of your books next time I’m out! Thanks for following me!

    Leigh.

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    • diannegray / Jul 8 2012 9:58 pm

      Hey Leigh – exactly right. I met a lady a few years ago who said she was writing a novel according to a formula (from a book that had cost her a lot of money) that would be a best seller. It saddened me because she was a lovely person and I felt as if she’d been ripped off. I told her I thought it was far more satisfying to write from the heart. When you write from the heart the reader can feel it. She was really disappointed and surprised when she kept getting rejection letters. If you write because you love it, getting published is just the icing on the cake, not the reason for writing.
      PS – I love the way you post whatever the hell you want 🙂

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      • leighkgb02 / Jul 9 2012 6:25 pm

        I was sad just reading that. I’ve always said I write for two reasons: 1. For myself, because I love it and the satisfaction I get out of it is incomparable. 2. In the hopes that if I’m lucky maybe one day what I write will change someone’s life the way certain books have changed me. 🙂 I’m glad you enjoy it, and I hope you continue to do so! 😀

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  15. Janna Noelle / Jul 8 2012 6:31 pm

    Hi Dianne, thanks for visiting my blog and following me on my writing journey. Your books sound very interesting and diverse. I envy you for having completed five books; some day soon(ish), I hope to finish one!

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    • diannegray / Jul 8 2012 10:39 pm

      Thanks Janna – Historical fiction sounds great. There are no rules and it’s good to see you’re doing what you want to do. I like the fact that you’re taking on the future without dwelling on the past and wish you the very best of luck

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  16. determinedmom / Jul 8 2012 8:04 pm

    Thank you for this post. It’s really inspriring to me because I’ve just recently started dabbling with the idea of writing but I just don’t know what kind of writer I should be. Sometimes the battle I have in my mind about this stops me from finishing what I’ve started but now I know it’s not even something worth really worrying about. As a matter of fact I think you’ve just inspired a new blog post! Thanks again!

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    • diannegray / Jul 8 2012 10:56 pm

      It’s good not to know ‘what kind of writer’ you should be. I guess it’s like cooking and asking yourself ‘what kind of chief’ should I be. Just start cooking! Blogging is great because there are no hard and fast rules – if there were, this would be a very boring site. Best of luck with your writing!

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      • determinedmom / Jul 8 2012 11:44 pm

        Thank you so much, your response means alot to me 🙂

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  17. Jen Baxter / Jul 9 2012 1:01 am

    Dianne,
    Thanks so much for liking my recent post. I love this one on writing. We can sometimes read too much on how to write and let that influence us instead of letting our voice flow. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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    • diannegray / Jul 9 2012 8:55 am

      Hey Jen, I think you’re so brave diving with those stingrays! I’m looking forward to more of your adventures 🙂

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  18. Amanda Lohan / Jul 9 2012 9:43 am

    Hi Dianne, Thanks for following me and thanks for thereby introducing me to your great blog. I’d love to be as successful as you in terms of coming up with unique ideas and seeing them through till the end. One day perhaps!

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    • diannegray / Jul 9 2012 10:19 am

      Hi Amanda – I loved your Hanson post – wonderful stuff. Best of luck with your writing!

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  19. Doug / Jul 9 2012 3:18 pm

    Hi Dianne, I love your writing. It’s clever, light and funny. Keep it up! And now I’m off to find one of your books at Barnes and Noble…

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  20. pavelbowman / Jul 12 2012 2:11 pm

    I know exactly what you are talking about. I have been dealing with the same thing musically since becoming a songwriter. You put the dilemma well while not making it a dilemma. Audiences don’t change themselves for artist. But niether should the artist. May we all just be ourselves!

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  21. Spider42 / Jul 12 2012 2:42 pm

    Kudos on a great post, particulary liked this line:
    I didn’t know this secret writers rule when I started writing and I’m kind of glad. Writing, for me, is more of an expression of self rather than getting out there and slam-dunking my stories through that illusive JK Rowlingesque hoop of life.

    It really struck a chord – we all have some genre/style we’re better at than others but to limit oneself to just that seems foolish.

    And thanks for visiting my blog, glad you liked the post. Feel free to drop in and critique my fiction writing anytime!

    Cheers!

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    • diannegray / Jul 12 2012 9:08 pm

      Thank you Anansi! I’ll be dropping in on you and if you don’t mind critiques, I’d love to do them 🙂

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      • Spider42 / Jul 13 2012 8:39 am

        I CRAVE critiques but they are few and far between.

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  22. kiimi / Jul 14 2012 4:22 pm

    Woah. First of all thank you for following my blog! It means a lot to me 🙂
    2nd: impressive work you got there, I loved the idea of the Eleventh Question. I would really love to read that, have you published it yet?
    Keep it up and take care,
    Kim

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    • diannegray / Jul 14 2012 8:42 pm

      Thank you, Kim. The Eleventh Question hasn’t been published yet (these things seem to take forever!) I’ll let you know when it’s out 😉
      PS – I loved Reading = Dreaming!

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      • kiimi / Jul 14 2012 11:23 pm

        Alright, I’m looking forward to it.
        Thank you, glad you like it 😀

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  23. David Eric Cummins / Jul 15 2012 12:22 am

    These stories sound really interesting. I need to check them out!

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    • diannegray / Jul 15 2012 3:26 am

      Thank you, David. I’m enjoying reading Higher Hell!

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  24. Suzanne / Jul 15 2012 4:40 am

    I love the way you write your blog. Your ideas about writing are refreshingly original. I’ll look out for your stories. Thanks for stopping by my blog: artifactsandfictions

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    • diannegray / Jul 15 2012 7:10 am

      Thanks Suzanne! I love your photos and look forward to more (I’ve driven through Murwillumbar a few times!)

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  25. Photos With Finesse / Jul 15 2012 5:17 am

    I hear the same about my photography. Apparently I should be ‘picking a square’ and sticking with it. And I’ve also been told you can’t do them all well. Problem is, I like to jump in and out of ‘squares’. I started in landscapes/scenic/flora – branched into families and weddings. And now specialize in events – which are like weddings without the rollercoaster of emotions. I love events and weddings because every one of them is different. And same with other kinds of photography. I like to learn new things. So here’s to the two us, for whom variety is the spice of life.

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    • diannegray / Jul 15 2012 7:24 am

      So true, Suzan! (PS – I loved the boots on your page).

      It’s amazing to me because the first thing people ask is ‘what’s your genre’? My answer is, ‘It depends which story you read.’ In fact, I’m not embarrassed to say that I actually didn’t know what genre meant when I first started writing (many moons ago).
      Please stay outside that square – that’s what makes us unique 🙂

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  26. Keeping Up With The Holsbys / Jul 20 2012 8:55 am

    When I follow an author who does the same thing time after time, I often get a tad bored. I love when I find sOmeone who’s ‘voice’ I can hear through different styles and genres…..
    AND with so many facets to our personalities isn’t it natural to explore them in our writing?
    I thumb my nose to stupid rule. Write on!

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  27. Teepee12 / Jul 21 2012 1:46 am

    If I try to write about the same thing all the time, I bore MYSELF. So I have to figure if I’m bored, my readers must be sound asleep. Maybe I could market some of that as an anti insomnia aid? Just write what you love … the publishing industry is totally driven by the bottom line, but that doesn’t mean we all have to be.

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    • diannegray / Jul 21 2012 8:46 am

      Oh – I laughed when I read this – there’s nothing worse than boring yourself! I’m quite lucky in that I’ve got a really good ‘listener’ who can spend hours listening to me reading my drafts. My ‘listener’ will stop me as soon as he gets bored/starts thinking of food/needs a coffee/yawns, etc. In other words – he stops me as soon as I’ve lost his attention so I mark that down on the page.
      A book for insomniacs! Love it 🙂
      Spot on about the publishing industry – this is why self-publishing is such a great thing and a lot of authors are no longer trapped in ridiculous contacts.
      I love your photos. I’m going on a road trip across Australia soon and your photography blog has reminded me that I MUST take my camera 🙂

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  28. ARvWD / Jul 22 2012 1:43 am

    Dianne, thanks for liking and following. I’m intrigued by the breadth of your approach to writing; I do wonder why it is that The Everything Theory is your biggest (self-published?) seller. Can you tell us anything about why that is so?

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    • diannegray / Jul 22 2012 9:10 am

      I could see by your blog that you’ve travelled a lot, so you’ve probably seen architecture where you stop and wonder how ancient people could possibly build such amazing things! I think this is why The Everything Theory is a such a popular book. The main premise of the book is that civilisations rise to massive heights and then fall, leaving only what is made and carved from stone behind. Meanwhile, here we are in the 21st century thinking we’re the most advanced civilisation the world has ever seen (we’re kind of closed-minded like that!) and not understanding that ancient civilisations may very well have been far more advanced than we are. Once you start looking at the evidence it’s really difficult to go back thinking the ‘old way’. From the feedback I’ve received, reader’s think it’s a real eye opener and want to know more. I ended up having to put some explanations to questions on my website. That’s the ‘brief’ answer! I haven’t marketed it, it just seems to have a life of its own 🙂
      Thank you for following! I’ve said this a few times now on this blog, but – I LOVE music, so I’m really looking forward to reading more of your blogs.

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  29. mott342 / Jul 22 2012 2:20 am

    Nicely done–this resonates. Every story or novel is a case unto itself, as it should be. If we are writing to formula we are essentially an artist that paints-by-numbers. To thine own self be true is only part of the equation; we should also consider “To Thine Own Story and Characters Be True.”

    Nice post. 🙂

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    • diannegray / Jul 22 2012 9:42 am

      So true (switching back to your blog post here) – You Say Potato, I Say Potahto – writers who stay true to themselves and write for the love of writing are so much more enjoyable to read (that goes for musicians, producers, actors, or any creative expression) because it resonates through their work.

      Thank you for commenting. I’m looking forward to reading more blogs from you 🙂

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  30. Pagadan / Jul 22 2012 11:55 am

    I’m glad you never let yourself be limited by a silly rule (It’s actually just a guideline–you know the saying–for writers who aren’t sure what to write. That’s my theory anyway.) I write all over the map ’cause my ideas are all different. Your ghost hunter reality story sounds great. Every time I see one of those fake shows with the jiggly camera, the green light, and the hushed voices, etc. I gnash my teeth in annoyance.

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    • diannegray / Jul 22 2012 3:16 pm

      That’s exactly right, Joy! And the ghost hunters? They can be pretty ridiculous at times. I’m not saying I don’t believe – I just don’t believe them 🙂

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  31. Jude / Jul 25 2012 8:59 pm

    Oh how I hate all the ‘should do it this way’ or ‘must do it that way’ with regards writing. As soon as you set up a nice little cage of rules and stuff someone inside it all creativity (in my opinion) is lost. It stunts imagination, curtails exploration, and stymies creative thinking. So write what you’re drawn to, go where your pen takes you, and keep up the good work! 🙂

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    • diannegray / Jul 29 2012 4:29 pm

      Thanks, Jude. What an ‘inspirational’ comment. Love it 🙂

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  32. bulldogsturf / Jul 28 2012 12:08 am

    Wow, now why did I not find this site earlier. First, thanks for looking at my one site and deciding to follow it, second I’d like to introduce you to my second site where I’m far more active. Its a photographic site with more animals and birds, you might like it…http://visitstothepark.wordpress.com/
    Thirdly, I write articles on another site for the fun of it, to see if I could, was my original reason. I am now ranked number one on the site, but that’s not a brag, what I want to get across, I have over 200 articles published, and if I have to stay on a certain subject or theme to make a book sale, I can give up now. Much like you I have such a spread of subjects, that I can not identify a singe theme. In fact I would say my articles could be compared to the ramblings of early dementia, and sometimes even I am not aware how I come across the subject I write about.
    I have started a book on “golf course maintenance”, but as a skit from the golfers side, I have, in my career had so many golfers ask “what the hell are you doing?” and the book follows that theme. I’ve written just over 75000 words so far and not nearing the end, and I just wonder how long should a book be? Any way now I’m rambling again, love your blog and will be following you for sure.. enjoyed this post immensely.

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    • diannegray / Jul 28 2012 8:16 am

      What an excellent comment! Love it:) I’ve followed your other blog and the thing I like is the pure energy you put into your writing! (Is there a word count in comments? Lol)

      The size of the book doesn’t matter – there are no rules. From novelettes to epics all is acceptable. The only problem is if you want to self-publish because I think there is a limit of about 75,000 words (otherwise the book bursts at the seams).

      I’m really looking forward to looking through your site!

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      • bulldogsturf / Jul 28 2012 4:05 pm

        I was thinking of self publishing, and that was my concern was size.. thanks for the heads up on that, I had a feeling I was being a bit long winded in the book. The wife has always said I can become a bit verbose, so maybe a rewrite is on the books… enjoy..

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  33. moderndayruth / Jul 30 2012 3:58 am

    Dianne, you are the real thing! I published three books and a trilogy and all vastly different too! All those rules, they are for commercial writers – and honestly, i don’ t know a single author who made it (in any way), who followed them! The so-called rules came from some people who were observing what sells – but that’s indicative of nothing absolutely! I loathe both writers and painters who stick for to the one and the same topic – i mean, why would i bother reading them or seeing their exhibitions at all? I know many who did exactly that – they discovered one thing that had worked at the time, and they stick to it for their lives – but that’s so boring and predictable! I am looking forward to reading your books!

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    • diannegray / Jul 30 2012 9:40 am

      So true, Ruth! Boredom and repetition is my idea of hell 🙂

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  34. ParentingIsFunny / Aug 4 2012 2:26 pm

    I love your picture on top. So lovely.

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    • diannegray / Aug 4 2012 4:25 pm

      Thank you. I wasn’t sure what to use – so thought the baby might be cool 😉

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  35. Anna Belfrage / Aug 7 2012 8:53 am

    Hi Dianne,
    I have really enjoyed browsing through your blog, and I think writing re diverse matters seems to be your thing – your hallmark, so to say. (And who would want to write about mid-life crisis sex constantly anyway?)
    I have actually read the first few chapters of the eleventh question (it’s the one with the very old lady in Bolivia, right?) and it must have made an impression as I immediately remembered it!
    Thanks for liking my latest post!
    Anna

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    • diannegray / Aug 7 2012 9:42 am

      Yes, Anna – You’re right about the Eleventh Question! You must have read it on YouWriteOn because the first few chapters are up there. So glad it left an impression on you 🙂 I’ve made a few changes since then, but nothing too drastic!

      I’m really looking forward to following your blog as well 🙂

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  36. jimmysnan / Mar 3 2013 3:54 am

    Hi I see that you have come to helpimmelting on wordpress. I just write things there that have come to my head and things that are from a writing class that I took. I have read your story about RUC I think that is lovely that you can live in an old house and restore it. I remember when we built our house, it was hidden cost after hidden cost and still after 35 years the house is not complete as we like it, sort of like writing revise it again and again.

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    • diannegray / Mar 3 2013 8:18 am

      Thank you so much for coming by my blog 😀 I know what you mean about never finishing a house, they certainly do demand a lot of time (and money!)

      Best of luck with your writing! 😀

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  37. lisakunk / May 23 2016 1:08 pm

    You give me inspiration. I’m all over the place and want to write about so many things, I don’t know how I’d narrow it down. My blog is called lifestoriesandbeyond for a reason. Glad I stumbled upon you.

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