Lake Atitlan, Panajachel, Guatemala

“Reading and writing are acts of empathy and faith. Guard that trust carefully — in this rapidly changing business, it’s the only sure thing.” ~Erin Keane
"Never give up. And most importantly, be true to yourself. Write from your heart, in your own voice, and about what you believe in." ~ Louise Brown

"Write something to suit yourself and many people will like it; write something to suit everybody and scarcely anyone will care for it."
~Jesse Stuart

"A writer's job is to take one thing and make it stand for twenty." ~ Virginia Woolf

Friday, December 9, 2011

Refining the Writer's Voice

I'm guest posting at Shirley Wells' blog today. Shirley, a British crime writer with some fabulous books to her name and a very nice person, graciously offered to host on my House of Diamonds blog tour. Each month she features a guest writer on her This Writer's Life series.

This is the last stop on my tour. I interrupted it to post about Celery Tree because for some strange reason which I still don't understand, the launch of House of Diamonds coincided with the launch of Celery Tree which coincided with Thanksgiving and NaNoWriMo.

For a couple weeks there, my universe was in total disarray.

 I didn't make all the stops I originally planned but I appreciate all who volunteered and offered. I can't imagine living the writer life without the support of my online friends.

I owe many thanks to those who did so much to help me with the House of Diamonds launch--reviews, comments, opening your blog for my tour-- I appreciate each and every one of you.

See you over at Shirley's website, where I'm talking about Refining the Writer's Voice.


  1. Those were some hectic weeks! Hmmm, I hope you've included a good day planner on your Christmas wish list this year. :P

  2. What an exciting if harried November you've had, Karen. Are you sure there's only one of you?

  3. Hi Karen .. I realised you were busy with all things happening - congratulations on House of Diamonds .. and on Celery Tree - I've joined, but need to get there to update and check out the site and other members.

    I'm off to Shirley's .. unless she's in a snow drift at the moment - cheers Hilary

  4. Congrats on the blog tour! And your books. ;)

    It's so exciting to see this progress.

  5. Oh my! That was a do you do it all? I thought I was busy. :-) Congrats on the completion of your blog tour!

  6. Love your post about finding and projecting one's unique writerly voice! Thank KarenG! Take care

  7. wow! You sure know how to stay busy! Hope things settle for you soon so you can enjoy the holidays.

  8. It's like my favorite quote from Faye Weldon: "Nothing happens and nothing happens and then everything happens." You're amazing!

  9. Sometimes - fear of failure is what keeps me going. There are lots of inner voices ... but just by putting pen to paper and finger to keyboard and thinking, "You can do it" - I actually do do it. And not delete everything the next day!

  10. Yup, that's a lot going on all at once. Glad you made it through :)

  11. Donna, And I didn't even touch on the personal stuff LOL. (Be glad for that.)

    Claudia, That's where I am right now, needing to start a new project and so very very hesitant. That's when I just set the clock for an hour and force myself to work at least that long. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I see you're from Minnesota, which is where my sisters live now. Welcome!

    Melissa, Isn't that the truth! Wonder why that is?

    mshatch, Thanks, I plan on it!

  12. Wow, you've had an eventful fall! Congratulations on the launch of your book. I'll stop by Shirley's website.

  13. Congratulations, Karen! I am waiting for Farm girl to arrive home and, after reading this one, I will be happy to read House of diamonds. But I am starting with your memoir. I love memoirs! Keep up the great work!