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Writers Talking About Writing


Berthold Gambrel and I can’t be Two Guys Talking About Writing anymore because we’ve been joined by the fabulous Audrey Driscoll from north of the border. In this chat, we discuss how we came to writing and decided to publish our efforts. We try to provide some advice as well. Hope you enjoy it, and yes, we continue to look for more of you to join the conversation.

(A side note about my background. I’m an empty nester now, with both boys off on their own. I’m in the process of transitioning one of their rooms into my “office.” On the list of things to do is to eventually paint the walls — which are covered with various things his friends painted on those walls around seven or eight years ago. The room is still very much a representation of my younger son.)

9 responses to “Writers Talking About Writing

  1. Audrey Driscoll November 5, 2020 at 4:22 pm

    Okay, I have to reblog this!

  2. Audrey Driscoll November 5, 2020 at 4:24 pm

    Reblogged this on Audrey Driscoll's Blog and commented:
    Ever wonder what indie authors talk about? Now you can listen to a conversation among three of them. (Thanks to Berthold Gambrel for steering the Zoom bus!)

  3. Anonymole November 5, 2020 at 5:35 pm

    Well done. Thanks for sharing.

    Mark, I must commiserate. You ask the question, what’s your goal, your intentions when you pursue a writing pastime or career?
    Now that I’ve applied myself somewhat, and had the veil snatched from my eyes, I’d say that becoming an excellent writer is my goal. Publishing is beside the point.
    And to that goal, now that I believe I truly understand what excellent writing feels like, I know I’m not there… By a long mile (green even). And that disillusion with my own ability has throttled my desire to write. That sounded much like what you were reflecting upon. I know what good writing is, and this ain’t it.

    Again, I enjoyed this writer’s discussion, great points made by all. I look forward to the next. -AM

    • kingmidget November 5, 2020 at 5:44 pm

      Thank you for listening and sharing your own experiences. We all have different motivations or objectives. It can be difficult to analyze those in a vacuum. Have you shared your writing with others? If so, did their feedback match your own sense of the quality of your writing?

      • Anonymole November 5, 2020 at 6:14 pm

        Well, that’s the thing. Early on, being naive, I wrote and shared and thought the stories were great. I went ahead and wrote two novels, self-published and life was good. I didn’t care about selling them, only that I’d done it.
        And then I got serious about the craft. And found out how truly dreadful my writing actually is.
        Somehow, Audrey, who, as she admitted, edits her own work, is capable of excellent writing — out of the box. Sheesh, she makes it look easy.
        Anyway, yeah, we’ve got a small group over here where we trade work and kind of offer suggestions. I’ll be checking out your works and perhaps offering additional commentary. -AM

      • kingmidget November 6, 2020 at 6:35 am

        I don’t know … I’m still not sold on the idea that your writing is dreadful. We are all our own worst critics. Keep writing, keep exploring and experimenting.

      • Anonymole November 6, 2020 at 7:52 am

        You know it – keep on keeping on.
        “Dreadful?” — it’s all relative, right. The further we’ve come the further we have to go.

  4. S.K. Nicholls November 6, 2020 at 5:38 pm

    Excellent content and good advice for up and coming authors. Thank you all for your time. I’m really enjoying these get-togethers and as zoom calls go, it’s nice to see threesomes so there is a mix of ideas, but not so much confusion and chaos as I’ve seen on some attempts as zoom meeting since this pandemic started.

    As you may know, Mark, my daughter is halfway through her last semester of college before graduation. Last semester she was required to take another writing class and this semester an English-lit class (she chose a crime writers class). I’m thrilled by her newfound interest. She’s 150 miles away but she has picked my brain to get focused on topics in writing and so far she has all ‘A’s. 🙂

    I’ve had some motivating factors for picking up the pen (so to speak) again but I can’t seem to make the commitment until I find something I’m passionate about. That’s my story. We’ll see.

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