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“We were on a break!”

I’ve been a bit neglectful.

See, I started to panic about the progress of a story I was writing. I was wondering if it was going to be long enough; if I had enough plot; if I was only writing things for the sake of filling up the word-count; if I’d taken the right direction or if I was way off course.

Doubts, man, they can really get in your head sometimes.

So I took a break. I stopped staring blankly at the screen, writing half a sentence and then deleting it. Instead, I worked on a couple short stories. Then a couple more. Then I was chatting with someone who’d read The Six Elemental and that gave me an idea for another short story. Then I got distracted by an old novel I’d written a few years ago and sunk WAY too much time on that (long story short: I decided to move from first person POV to third person, and now I’ve basically got to re-write the entire 50,000 words).

But last week I decided to go back to that first story, and you know what? I started to fall in love with it all over again. I was getting new ideas, fixing problems, making motivations clearer… It was like meeting up with an old friend.

When I’m in between edits, I’ll try to take a break from what I’m working on. It gives me a chance to come back to it anew and see things that I might have missed because my face was jammed so close to it. But there are times that I need to take a step back from a project because something isn’t working, and I need the space to realize what the problem is.

It can be tough to step away. It might feel like you failed your work or your characters, or that now you’ll never get it finished. But the best part is that you can always go back to it. And sometimes, when you come back, you might see that you were actually doing a pretty great job.

 

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Vampires, Publishing and Promoting, Oh my! | The Writer’s Block | Avalon Expo

The Newfoundland Vampire author Charles O’Keefe takes us through the publishing and promotion of vampire and genre fiction in the province, August 27 from 2:00-2:30PM.

Charles O’Keefe lives in the beautiful province of Newfoundland, Canada, with his wife and cats, Jude and Eleanor. He is a co-owner of a beauty business and enjoys many hobbies and activities that include writing, reading, watching fantasy/science-fiction movies and television shows, gaming, poker, walking, Pilates, Ingress and of course fantasizing about vampires. He is currently with Four Phoenixes Publishing and is very happy there.

Since 2015 he has published 4 books in The Newfoundland Vampire series, including Killer on the Road, The Gathering Dark, and The Chaos Stories.


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Writing Fantasy and Paranormal | The Writer’s Block

The next Writer’s Block course we’d like to announce as happening during Avalon Expo is Writing for Fantasy and Paranormal, which is tentatively scheduled for Saturday August 26th from 2-2:50PM!

The panel will be hosted by Heather Reilly (Binding of the Almatraek) and Amanda Labonté (Call of the Sea, Supernatural Causes), two of the leaders in genre writing in the province, after the explosive success of their duo at Sci-Fi on the Rock 11!


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The Most Dysfunctional Writing Panel Ever! | The Writer’s Block

Everyone knew this one was coming: It’s the next installment of the Most Dysfunctional Writing Panel Ever! Social norms and politeness go out the window as authors argue over the ‘correct’ answer to your questions! This event will finish off The Writer’s Block at Avalon Expo, and be 90 minutes long, going from 3:30pm-5pm on Sunday, August 27, 2017!

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Female Characters in Sci-fi and Fantasy | The Writer’s Block

51ptLF0akDL._SY346_The next Writer’s Block course we’d like to announce as happening during Avalon Expo is ‘Female Characters in Sci-fi and Fantasy,’ which is tentatively scheduled for Saturday August 26th from 1-1:50PM.

This panel will be essential to anyone looking to make sure they craft strong, reliable, and realistically-portrayed female characters into their genre fiction, a must in today’s market! It can be daunting — for writers of any gender — to get this delicate balance correct, partially because many of the traditions of genre writing are rooted in gender-norms that aren’t always reflective of today’s societies. How does one navigate the challenges of writing for today while respecting the greats that paved the way before you? The author-editor team behind As Fierce as Steel Christopher Walsh (the Gold & Steel Saga) and Erin Vance (editor of the From the Rock series) will help guide you through this path as an author… with a third special guest panelist yet-to-be-announced! Continue reading Female Characters in Sci-fi and Fantasy | The Writer’s Block

Fairies, Mermaids, Vampires, and Zombies, OH MY! | The Writer’s Block

The first Writer’s Block course we’d like to announce as happening during Avalon Expo is Fairies, Mermaids, Vampires, and Zombies, OH MY!, which is tentatively scheduled for Saturday August 26th from 4-4:50PM!

This panel will be a fun and informative look at the staples of genre fiction — tried and true literary trends like fairies, mermaids, vampire, and zombies, some of whom have been with us since the oral tradition of storytelling. This panel discussion, aimed at authors, interested parties, and fans of genre stories, will be headed by an all-star cast of authors who have taken these pillars of fantasy and horror and used them in fun, exciting, and innovative ways! The panel will include: Ellen Curtis (editor of Fantasy from the Rock and author of the Infinity series), Charles O’Keefe (the spellbinding author of The Newfoundland Vampire and its sequels), Paul Carberry (author of the Zombies on the Rock series), and Amanda Labonté (author of the mermaid-inspired Call of the Sea series and the Vampire-Werewolf medical drama Supernatural Causes). Continue reading Fairies, Mermaids, Vampires, and Zombies, OH MY! | The Writer’s Block

Attention ALL people wanting writing advice! | Avalon Expo 3 | The Writer’s Block

In just a little over a month, August 25-27, an epic science-fiction, fantasy, and genre fanbase event will be happening at the Mile One Stadium and Convention Center in St. John’s: Avalon Expo 3! It’s going to be an all-out extravaganza of all things geek, featuring Ali House (author of The Six Elemental), The Six Doctor Colin Baker, Guardians of the Galaxy star Sean Gunn, Sailor Moon and Sailor Mars voice actors Linda Ballantyne and Katie Griffen, and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’s Rene Auberjonois!

That, combined with lots of awesome artists, authors, and vendors like Baddy Vinyl and Midnight Tailors, makes this an event no one can miss out on… but there’s an extra something-special for people hoping to get into writing and publishing… Avalon Expo is proud to be hosting a week-long series of workshops, lectures and panels aimed to take you through the process of writing your novel or short story, getting it ready for publication, and marketing it, with a new series of panels called: THE WRITER’S BLOCK!

The Writer’s Block will be a series of panels arranged in chronological order for those keeping notes, with the first panels on Friday being aimed towards coming up with ideas and starting your manuscript, and the final panels on Sunday being about getting your work published! We’re going to take you through it all!

In total, The Writer’s Block will be nearly twenty-three hours of writing-and-publishing related help, of the sort that would normally be valued at hundreds of dollars, all for the low-cost of an Avalon Expo 3 ticket. Continue reading Attention ALL people wanting writing advice! | Avalon Expo 3 | The Writer’s Block