Pit your lie-busting skills against my guest bloggers for this new series, Spot-The-Lie Mondays.
The initial post will appear on Mondays and somewhere within this short narrative is a total falsehood, fib, deception. Can you find it? If you think you can, leave a comment as to what you think it is. And if you leave an email address within your comment, I'll send you a small thank you gift just for participating.
Be sure to return on Friday because that's when K. K. Weil will reveal the lie and provide a unique writing prompt that incorporates the pesky little critter.
Writing is often fun and exhilarating, but like any career, it is not without its challenges. For me, one of the biggest challenges often has to do with the topics I choose. I tend to write about sensitive issues. They give me a deeper connection to my work and add a lot of meat to my stories. But handling them can be tricky.
One of my books tackles some of the ways domestic violence affects family members. In another, my main character has a brother with a disability. My current work-in-progress deals with homelessness and mental illness. For all of these, it is very important to me that I portray the subjects the right way. I do a lot of research before starting each of my books. Luckily, information is much easier to come by these days than when I was in school. I used to have to hunch over the encyclopedia and scour through microfiche for hours to find important information. Now, with the whole world at our fingertips, all I have to know is which sites are legit. I still go to the library once in a while to sort through the microfiche, though. It makes me nostalgic.
Once I have all the information I need, the real work begins - figuring out how to use that information in ways that accurately depict the subjects, and are compassionate as well. Something keeps pulling me toward these subjects that need to be handled with care. But I won’t shy away from them. If I did, I’d be writing out of fear and not love, and nothing good can come from that.
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Dirk Savage never fails to acquire what he wants until he encounters Stormee Waters and a backwash of trouble