October 5th, 2020
Hello, everybody. My name is Kiera-Lynn Hart.
I created this site with the hope that you, my fellow readers and writers, will be able to learn in good time and good health what took me a long time and some heartache to learn.
It is called Five for Writing because, as you will soon see, top five lists are my forte.
It is difficult to put into words how thrilled I am to be making both my literary and blogging debut.
But, since I am a writer, I will try.
Before I took on writing as a profession, I was an avid appreciator of the art form, consuming books, stage plays, and films in every genre specifically for that seemingly inextricable aspect.
Alas, although I adored it, I figured it was reserved for geniuses, whose ideas came to them on a whim and who wrote their both first and final draft in one long, continuous thought.
So, imagine my surprise when I found out that writing is an attainable skill, as much a science as it is an art!
I’ll let you know how my independent author journey unfolds, in case you’re interested in taking a similar path. If you’re an avid book lover, I’ll let you know how to show your support to the indie community, as well as traditionally published authors whose work and work ethics I personally admire or your own favorite authors.
I so far have over 100 top 5 writing tip lists to share with you. I’ll post a new one every week, as well as articles and editorials about the tried-and-true world of writing and the ever-changing market through which it is sold. All of it will be based on personal experience and observation.
The stamina section is all about getting the nerve up to plunge into a writing project, be it your first or your one-hundredth, and avoiding some of the pitfalls that may be littered along your way.
No two authors have the exact same process. Plot comes in to give you tried-and-true options on how to brainstorm, organize, and fine-tune your story, be you a planner, a pantser, or somewhere in between.
Character is reserved for getting more in-depth with the cast of your story, from motivations, to actions, to reactions.
Comedy is another art-science hybrid all its own, and here you will find opposites to unite in order to create it, suggestions on where and when to insert it in your story, and if it is appropriate for story (or, if it is not, is that precisely why it should be in there).
Romance contains notes on how relationships can begin while avoiding cliché, be tested without the lovers ceasing to deserve each other, and end sweetly, sadly, and everything in between.
Story basics isn’t just for beginners. Something I learned early on in my writing journey is that, as with practically anything, it never hurts to go back to basics. So don’t feel pressured nor insulted.
World-building isn’t just for speculative fiction, either. In fact, I think it’s the perfect opportunity to cross a real world with a fictional one, or two real ones. Renowned author Isabel Allende taught me that, in order for your characters to break the rules, i.e. cause conflict, they and the reader must first know exactly what those rules are.
I also have a YouTube channel, where you can find more content, including extended top five lists. I originally wanted to record most of the test with a voiceover, but I found out that the one huge caveat of the otherwise astounding software I purchased to make my videos with does not allow imported music or dialogue recorder from another source. I doesn’t matter very much to me, I just hope ya’ll won’t find it impersonal.
I want to release all three books of my Lotus trilogy at the same time, both individually and as a bundle for a lower price. Only a couple more things need to happen before I can finally do that. In fact, I think it’s too late to do a pre-order on them, but I will be wary of that in the future.
National Novel Writing Month is just around the corner. I happen to be a four-time champion, and intend to become one for a fifth time next month. I will update you on my progress and advice, all the while welcoming questions from newbies, and even shoutouts from veterans.
Nothing delights me more than hearing about your own love of reading and/or writing. Even if it’s just a single sentence or question, let me know what I’ve done right in your eyes, and what I can do for you that I haven’t yet.
Best wishes to all,