4 Signs You're a Reader Who Needs to be a Writer – Guest Post by Rosie Wylor-Owen

The Witch’s Touch
by Rosie Wylor-Owen
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Criminals are going missing. Felons or not, Detective Meeks is duty-bound to
find them, with little to go on but a suspicious encounter between
the latest missing person and a local business owner. As the case
unravels, Meeks struggles to make sense of a world he thought he
understood. Yet this twist of fate could be his chance to truly
making a difference to the community he holds dear.
Amanda Solanke is used to making waves, but never with the police. The last
person to see the latest missing criminal, she is dragged to the
heart of a police investigation. A small business owner in the eyes
of the community, behind closed doors Amanda and her partner Leona
guard a magical secret. The closer they are watched, the closer
Amanda and Leona come to facing the ultimate danger: exposure.

Four Signs Your A Reader Who Needs To Be A Writer!

You’re a bookworm without a cause. You read so much sometimes it gets in the way of your day-to-day. Some people say you read too much, but what do they know? Having a book on your lap to sneak a peek at during Christmas dinner is completely normal. It is.

You’ve delved head-first into every book that has crossed your path for as long as you can remember, and you know more about literature than most. The people who know you best tell you often that you should write your own book, and you laugh at them. Writers have Creative Writing degrees and fancy typewriters. But then you start to think to yourself, maybe you could write a book.

Are you a reader who needs to start writing? Check your symptoms and find out:

You Make Up Better Endings in Your Head

The books you read are amazing, and you love them, but you often find yourself concocting alternative endings. Why didn’t the author take the plot in a different direction? The climax would have been even more spectacular. Why did this character have to die? In your mind, the author made several mistakes you just wouldn’t have made.

If you’re creating endings you like better once you’ve finished a book, chances are you are a perfect candidate to write novels. The first step to creating fiction is having the imagination to develop an intriguing plot and loveable characters. The rest is all hard work.

You Daydream Spin-Offs for Your Favourite Characters

You’ve fallen in love with a character. Maybe romantically, maybe not, but either way you love them. You are so enamoured with them that you start imagining other adventures for them. Soon, these characters come to find they are even more at home in your world, and experience shenanigans even more exciting than the book they originated from.

If you replace that already-written favourite character with one of your own, you have yourself the first things you need to start writing a novel. Adore your favourite characters that have come to you from other books, but you are, without a doubt, creative and talented enough to create a character just as loveable and perfect.

You Love Fan Fiction

Fan fiction has taken the world by storm, and while it is responsible for spawning the Fifty Shades and My Immortal series (ouch), there’s plenty of good stuff on fanfiction website you really enjoy. Reading someone else re-direct well-known and much-loved characters into other exciting adventures has the same allure as when you day-dream your spin-offs.

If you aren’t sure about creating your own characters and world from scratch, fan fiction is a great place to start. Featuring the characters you love, in the worlds you wish you lived in and zero lawsuits. Win, win, win.

Writing a Book is Your Secret Dream

You haven’t admitted it to your friends and family yet, because you’re worried they will push you to do it, but you secretly want to write a book. The prospect is scary: what if your writing is awful? What if the public at large mock you, and point and laugh at this new writer’s epic failures? They are thoughts that every writer, popular or not, have wrestled with before putting pen to paper.

The solution is simple: you want desperately to write but you don’t want to show anyone, so don’t. Hone your skills, write one hundred books and never show anyone. Maybe book one hundred and one will be the masterpiece you’re ready to unveil to the world, whether it’s original fiction or fan-fiction. But one way or another, you need to let those creative juices loose.

Reading can turn into an addiction that has your parents worrying you don’t see your friends enough, and writing is almost exactly the same. Take up another isolating hobby and start creating stories that you would love to read, because there are people out there who would love to see what you’ve got.

Rosie Wylor-Owen was born in Worcester, England at the height of baggy
jeans and boy-band popularity. Her work has been featured in the
literary magazines The Fiction Pool, Anti-Heroin Chic and Ariel
Chart, and the Manawaker Studios Podcast. Her short story “Arm-in-Arm
with Alchemy” was accepted for publication by Otter Libris for
inclusion in the anthology “Magical Crime Scene Investigation.”
In February 2018 she won third place in the Fiction Writer’s Global
flash fiction contest for her story “In Exchange for Your Sins”.

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