Sarah Potter Chats about Book Publishing & Writing Inspiration

Last week, I had the honour of being a guest on Christy Birmingham’s wonderful blog. It was such fun meeting a whole load of new bloggers and having the chance to interact with them.

Yet again, many thanks to Christy for making me feel so welcome in her blogging home, and to her followers, too 🙂

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I am pleased to give the blogging stage to author Sarah Potter today! I first connected with Sarah a few years ago, through her blog Sarah Potter Writes. Since then, I have enjoyed following her publishing career as well as reading the poetry and short stories she has shared on her blog.

When she released a new book of juvenile fiction titled Noah Padgett and the Dog-People, I wanted to have her over here to talk about the writing process and learn more about the book. So, without further ado, here is Sarah.

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Thank you, Christy, for inviting me to guest post at your wonderful blog, to talk about publishing and my latest novel, plus offer some tips on finding writing inspiration.

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By nature, I’m an eccentric person with a quirky, exceedingly British sense of humour who doesn’t find it easy to conform; thus it’s…

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Author: Sarah Potter Writes

Sarah is a British eccentric who writes offbeat fiction, haiku and tanka poetry. When stuck for words, she sketches or paints instead. She's into nature conservation, sustainability, gardening, dogs, natural health, and reading. Her sociability is something that happens in short bursts with long breathing spaces in between.

16 thoughts on “Sarah Potter Chats about Book Publishing & Writing Inspiration”

  1. Yes, reading in abundance is very important and is an ability every author must utilize daily. Writing is an infinite learning experience, and to embrace the craft precisely we need to read everything that peaks our interests. One thing I always recommend every author to do is read the dictionary and write down definitions. Possessing an expansive vocabulary is an imperative practice that requires a delicate, slight implementation.

    Congratulations on releasing your novels. I have a demanding reading list at the moment, but hopefully I will be able to read one, if not both of your novels in the foreseeable future.

    Peace and blessings,

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    1. I used to read the dictionary for pleasure as a child, plus piles of books that were way beyond those meant for my age-group, such was my fascination with words.
      You’re right to say that it requires a delicate, slight implementation when it comes to possessing an expansive vocabulary, or you’ll leave your readers frustrated. In retrospect, I think some of the 1960’s Brit slang in my novel Desiccation might have caused a few of my US readers a slight headache, although those same people did end up awarding the book 5-stars, so I guess they forgave me. Something I’ve noticed some writers do, is that they search a thesaurus for alternative words but then don’t check back with the dictionary that the new word means exactly the same as the old one.
      I have a demanding reading list, too, so am in the same position as you. Also, I’m really behind with reviewing books already read.
      Peace and blessings to you, too, Kyle.

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      1. Yes, reading material as a child that was designed for adults is something I thoroughly enjoyed, the comprehension wasn’t always accurate–but the learning curve presented some splendid opportunities to improve on a literary level.

        Having a deep sense of emotional resonance behind every sentence is imperative, it’s a lodestone of captivation and magnetism that enthralls the reader to become invested in the book you’re creating. Language is a living, breathing entity, which makes meanings change throughout the different eras. Even if the slang is outside of the readers scope, it gives them the ability to apply a new intuitive skill; they forgive and become inspired to do more. It’s the sense of magical realism that seizes to define the unknown.

        Evolving with the times is part of our role as author’s to uphold with dignity and decorum. There’s a strong sense of pride in remaining consciously aware of our musings on the blank page.

        I mostly read literary classics, but if I spot a great contemporary author I definitely support their work.

        Peace and blessings,

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      2. I used to read complicated books to my son when he was a baby. Once, someone asked me why I was reading him something written by Carl Sagan to do with astronomy whilst breast-feeding. I said that as I was reading it anyway, I might as well feed his mind with amazing words and concepts at the same time as feeding his tummy! (You see, I’ve always been eccentric).

        There are two contemporary literary authors I would like to recommend to you, if you haven’t stumbled across them already. They are Eowyn Ivey and Donna Tartt. Their writing is magic.
        Peace and blessings to you, too.

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      3. Stimulating the mind at a young age is definitely a good practice to implement with your child. They view the world with innocence, absorbing the entirety of the environment around them; fully aware and present. (At least with the concepts they comprehend). I believe we’re all travelling back towards that state of consciousness as we age. The essence is everything. Nothing wrong with eccentricity, these are traits I enjoy the most. Conventional standards aren’t wrong or even bad, but thinking outside the box requires new actions. Thank you for the recommendations. I’ll be sure to check out their work in the near future. Have a wonderful weekend.

        Peace and blessings,

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