14 November 2013

Guest Post--Fall Cleaning by BJ KURTZ

The Curse of Atlantis, Book One by B.J. Kurtz

Welcome BJ Kurtz, a wonderful fantasy/paranormal author and fellow Southern Arizonan. Her first novel, The Curse of Atlantis, spins a tale of ancient evil, curses, and surprising alliances. I haven't read The Lord of Nightmares  yet, but hope to rectify that soon. B.J. concocts a credible fantasy world in the realm of Atlantis with characters that grab your attention. You can meet B.J. and purchase an autographed book on Sunday, November 17th at The All-Zona Book Fest...

I just wanted to start by thanking Jude for this opportunity to invade her blog space for a moment. I hope I do it justice.

Most people do spring cleaning. I, on the other hand, live a hectic fall/winter so am way too tired in the spring to do massive cleaning. Therefore, I do my cleaning in the fall. In fact, I have a list built on a tab hanging on my refrigerator that proclaims what needs to be finished. These typically consist of washing windows, cleaning sheds, throwing out piles that have accumulated, etc.

While I am cleaning, I often find writer’s magazines that have piled. Most of them I have not touched. It seems silly when I stare at the pile. I tell myself I “will get to it when I have the time.” Most know this time is mythical and will never materialize. It’s kind of like the unicorn; it would be great to actually see in person, but won’t happen. This phrase is the kiss of death to any writer trying to “find the time” to write. Most will proclaim you have to make time otherwise it won’t get done.

The magazines have great articles by people in the business—but that’s not why I subscribed to them. Somewhere in my writing career, someone told me I needed to: stay in connection with what is happening in the writing world, know what topics gets your readership talking, will help hone your craft. There are probably countless other phrases that have driven me to purchasing the magazines. The result is a nice variety of magazines from Writer’s Digest to Fantasy and Science Fiction magazine (that actually looks like a small paperback book). They are routinely delivered and set aside in a designated spot so I can read during that mythical free time.
I think I have finally given up the hope of reading magazines for my “craft.” This isn’t to say some may not find them useful. But, for me, I get my source of inspiration from other sources. I love to read writing books. My favorite series is the Elements of Fiction by Writer’s Digest. This is a set of valuable books by successful writers on a focused topic. And, to answer the question of knowing what interests my readership…well, I write fantasy so I should be watching fantasy shows and reading fantasy books. That seems a little too simple to be the answer, I know.
So, I’m tossing the magazine pile and freeing the burden…until someone else tells me another “need to” justification that will lead me back to a subscription. Happy fall cleaning everyone!

BJ Kurtz

1 comment:

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