Wednesday Words – A. R. Conti Fulwell

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Please welcome author A. R. Conti Fulwell to The West Corner!

The Writing the Write Way

I’ve got the key to my castle in the air, but whether I can unlock the door remains to be seen.” ― Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

What is a writer?

Is it someone who resigns all that they are to the power of the pen?

Is it someone who’s head is constantly in the clouds?

Is it someone who fears carpal tunnel more than forgetfulness?

Yes.

A writer is anyone with a voice.

So how do you harness this voice? If you are a writer, you may find that your voice is more like a wild horse and less like a ball point pen. Many people think that writers sit down and produce a manuscript, sometimes in a surprising short amount of time and then send it off to someone who can publish it, and then – boom! – you are an author.

Unfortunately, this is not the case.

Writers write, and write, and write, and write some more, and once they’re done they edit, and edit, and edit, and edit some more. Then, after all of that, good writers go back, and they edit again, and again, until finally the piece they have created resembles their original idea in the best ways possible.

Now the title suggests that there is a ‘right’ way and a ‘wrong’ way to write. Even though we are taught in our English courses that there is a certain way of doing things, that does not apply to the field of ‘being’ a writer. Write in pen. Write in pencil. Write with poor grammar. Write with no commas. Just write.

Many of my fellow writers are afflicted with this disease, this malady called “Writer’s Block.” I don’t believe in Writer’s Block; in fact, the only form of Writer’s Block that whole-heartedly believe in is the piece of wood that sits on my book shelf with the words “writer’s block” embedded in it. Writer’s Block is a myth created by writers when they run out of ideas. I’ll admit, there is no one who wants to admit they have hit a brick wall; however, at the same time there is no one who can produce an award-winning book in the first draft. It is humanly impossible.

While I don’t believe in Writer’s Block, I believe in letting my books “cook.” Right now, I have about six books started, and I think of each of them as a crock pot that is set on low – all simmering, waiting for me to pick up the lid again.

Writing is just like life – you don’t have to have all the answers right now.

After all, writers hold the key to the castle, but the process of unlocking the door makes the writer an author.

About the Author

photo of author A. R. Conti FulwellA. R. Conti Fulwell holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English, and a Minor in Music, from Malone University, but her story-telling journey began long before her college years. Long ago, immersed in the Medici chapel, surrounded by the paintings of Gentileschi, the writings of Castiglione and Machiavelli, and the architecture of Brunelleschi, she found herself fascinated by the art of historical fiction, she began fashioning her own tales after the greats – Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, T.S. Eliot, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Amanda resides in Hartville, Ohio, and often shoots short-films within her hometown.

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When the Italian Came to Stay cover artBook Description

Like a fish out of water….

Serafina Rinaldi wants nothing more than be free. Free from boarding school, free from English society, and free from her haunting past. When her father calls in a favor from an English friend, Sir Matthew Renault, asking him to take his daughter back to Sir Matthew’s esteemed family estate, Cainesworth Abbey, Serafina is ready to give in, and forget she ever wanted anything more.

As Serafina settles in, she finds that not everyone at Cainesworth is against her. Making friends with Lady Eliza Carthidge, Matthew’s cousin, gives Serafina just the ally that she will need, as her past begins to collide with the family at Cainesworth. Joshua Stone, a man from Serafina’s past, comes to Cainesworth after the unfortunate death of his brother on the Titanic, looking for solace. Together, the four uncover a mystery, and a common scoundrel, connecting their worlds, testing their faith, and delivering them to the threshold of a destiny that they have all been seeking.

When the Italian Came to Stay is available from Amazon.

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