What is takes to become a Writer:

W - Why do you do it. You have to know whether it's a dream, a goal, or because        you just can't not write.
R - Realistic - Be realistic with yourself, so you don't stress or burn yourself out.
I  - Imagination - This is the main thing I have going for me. Use yours.
T - Time - Will sacrifice that TV show?
E - Enjoyment and enthusiastic. It gets both because you need both.
R - Readers. First you have to be true to yourself then you have to be true to your       readers. One of the greatest feeling is when you have some say, "I stayed up to      three in the morning to finish it, and I loved it."

Happy Writing - Alysia S Knight - Heroes for all times
Yesterday, I did a workshop at Salt Lake County Library the Viridian in West Jordan. Had a good time. Look forward to doing it again in the future, but I forgot my notes for my workshop, so I'm posting them here like a promise.  

Seven Tips to writing.

#1  Relax and have fun - Let it be a pleasure.

#2  Write what feels right to you - what you know - even if its just where your imagination takes you.

# 3  Keep a note pad or book with you at all times. Write down ideas, especially dialogue when it comes, because it's usually impossible to get it back later.

#4  Write everyday - 250 club - but if you can't do 250 words, even a few lines just to keep the story alive and flowing in your mind is good.

#5  Don't try to make it perfect as you write. Let it come and then go back and fix it in editing.

# 6  Be true to yourself - your standards. If you try to write to trends and the world. It will not feel like your book, no matter how good it is, it won't feel right or good to you if you're not true to yourself.

#7 Join a writing group. Also a critique group is a good idea. Writing can be a lonely business, long and tedious, you need the support. On a critique group I'd try to find a mix of weaknesses and strengths. That way you're helping each other grow. Find ones who will be honest with you, not always tell you it's great, and don't be afraid to take criticism, just make sure they are doing it to help you grow. And remember it is their opinion, take or leave it, how is best for you and your story.

Happy Writing - Alysia S Knight - Heroes for all times

I've been asked quite often if I have a writing routine.
I write, edit or correct everyday a minimum of a couple hours usually. It depends on if I work that day. 

What I like before I start to clear my head is to play one game Mahjong (yes just one game)
while doing that I listen to Peter Cetera-The Glory of Love theme from Karate Kid. It's my song and my kids tease me about it, but it lets my mind know it's time to write. 
After that, so that's about five minutes, then I switch to the music that fits the mood of the scene I'm working on. The Piano Guys, Lord of the Rings, Avatar, and Star Trek soundtracks are some of my favorites. That is usually all it takes to drop me into the world I'm working on. Certain books definitely have certain pieces of music locked to them.

Remember - everyone is different, you have to find what works for you. I know people who have to have complete silence, where I like music or will even put on a movie (one of those I've seen a 100 times). I also have a little bag of lavender a friend and follow writer, JD Steffensen, gave me that I'll pick up and smell to get me relaxed and set.  
Good Writing.
Alysia S. Knight - Heroes for all times





For anyone interested- 
Saturday the 27th of September from 1:00 to 5:00 at the Viridian, West Jordan Library, the Salt Lake County Library is having a Local Authors and You special program. There will be workshops, readings, book signings and more. Over 40 authors will be there and I will be one of them. 
I will be signing and doing a mini-workshop - So You Want to Write a Book, along with my 250 Club from my blog.
I'm very excited to be invited. I've add a link if you click on Local Authors and You to see a list of other authors, and I will update more later.
Alysia S. Knight - Heroes for all times.




This months quote is from Albert Einstein:

Your imagination is the preview of life's coming attraction.

For me, it's more what's coming in my books, but I so love this.

Zucchini Brownies are in a book I haven't released yet, Survive the Night. But, since I have a plant going bonkers on producing, and I have been making them a lot lately, I decided to share the recipe now. They are also my favorite brownie. Much better than you're thinking.

Zucchini Brownies
3 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking soda
8 Tbsp cocoa
2 cups sugar
2 cups peeled, grated zucchini
3 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup oil
nuts optional (I don't use because I share and too many people with allergies to them.)
Combine all the dry ingredients, stir in zucchini, coating it thoroughly. Add oil and vanilla. Mix well, spread in pan. Bake at 350 degrees. 20-24 minutes for jelly roll pan, 30-35 minutes for 9 x 13 pan. Good with Ice cream or on their own. Extremely moist. Hope you enjoy.





A quick apology, Sorry for not blogging. August got to be a busy month and I'm still recovering from it. 
I moved my daughter's family out that was living with us; lost my mother-in-law which was a sad, blessing for she'd been failing for a while. My other daughter and grandson were here for the funeral, so I got to spend time with them. Plus school started, so back to work. And, to top everything off, I was really concentrating on edits on Beauty and the Chief, getting it ready for release which should be the middle of October. I'll give more on that later. 
All and all, it was quite a month, but I'm getting back on track, so this week I will try to catch up on posts.

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