To Write, or Not To Write

Writing, To Me…

Writing is something that brings me completion in many different ways. Through my poetry, I am able to express feelings that I might have difficulty conveying through speech. As an adult with Asperger’s Syndrome, writing is a therapeutic form of expression for me. It truly helps me cope with life.

Over the years, I have written many poems. My poetry has dealt with many subjects. I have written poems for my wife, declaring my love and how she makes me feel. I have written small holiday card type poems. I have written poems that express my fears and anxieties, as well as poems that talk about anger over a perceived injustice. I also wrote poems in prison which touched on my feelings of isolation and regret. Though I have a large number of poems written, I’ve only publicly shared a few.

I recently started writing fiction.I took a creative writing class which required a short story as a long term assignment. I am also participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), which takes place for the entire month of November each year.. So far, I have written several chapter in my first novel for this event. NaNoWriMo is geared to help writers get the first draft written by saving editing for the second draft.

There are a couple of questions that most of us face. Let’s talk about two of the hardest to deal with for many:  What to write about, Do I share it with Others, and What if no one likes my stuff.

 

What do I write about?

This question is the first many people ask themselves when they begin writing. Writing is difficult , especially if your not sure what to write at all. Sometimes finding the right words can be difficult, much less finding a topic or sharing your baby with the world.

You can spend years trying to brain storm the perfect topic or you can pick the topic you feel the most excited to write. You could also try writing prompts, which can be found in eBooks, on blogs, and even on social media. Don’t stress so much over what to write about. Just do your best, whatever your chosen subject.

What do I recommend?  It’s simple. If you want to write, then write about whatever feels good to you. It doesn’t have to make sense or fit in with any particular type of form. Just do what you feel.

But what if no one likes my writing?

There is always the chance that something you write will be criticized. It sucks when that happens. It’s even harder to hear that someone just doesn’t like your work. But that means your doing something right. However, if everyone likes everything you’ve written, then something is wrong. Not everyone likes Stephen King or JK Rowling or even Tolkien. They are acknowledged by most as good writers, but their stories appeal to specific groups of people.

Some people have a fear of rejection and this can affect what they write, if they even write at all. Many allow this fear to stop them from sharing their work with others. But what if Stephen King had given up after his first few rejections from publishers?? If you read his book “On Writing,” he tells of the nail (which then became a spike driven into the wall) where he hung each rejection. If he’d let them deter him from sharing with the world, we’d have lost some iconic horror stories.

Although some of my writing has drawn critical feedback, most things I’ve written are well received. The thing is, if I am writing for myself first and foremost, it shouldn’t matter what anyone’s opinion is. The truth is that nobody can know what is behind your work. People will interpret things in different ways based on how they feel about what you have written.

My recommendation? I’d encourage you to take that first, frightening step and share your work once it’s been edited at least one time through. You can share with your spouse or a friend who likes the type of work you have in hand. Take small steps before sharing with large audiences, if that’s more your style. Just keep writing and keep sharing.

 

Conclusion

Yes, writing can be difficult. It can also be rewarding in many ways. From simply getting the words on paper to the first positive comments when you share, to coping with things that have happened in your own life– writing is so many things to so many people.

I would like to see you all begin your own projects and write something. Write whatever you have inside of you. The point is to just get in the habit of writing, even if you are your own audience. If you’re ready, I’d love to see some of your writing either in the comments or by email.
Let’s get writing!

Shakespeare

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November Is For Writing

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November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). This is an opportunity to write a novel in one month’s time. I know what you are gonna say. “One month? A whole novel? You gotta be crazy!”
To be honest, I was skeptical about succeeding at such a task, but the truth is, I am actually participating and having fun with it. The point of this month is to just write. Don’t edit, or try and fix things. You just write.
Some people do prep work before November, which is perfectly fine, but you can’t start your actual work until November 1st. There is a general goal of 50,000 words, but before you freak out, keep in mind that you don’t have to finish your novel. The point is to get into the habit of writing everyday.
I understand that life happens and that is okay. The best thing to do is try to schedule some time to write. Even if what you write makes no sense at first, you can go back later and fix it. This is the chance to start a project, whether you want to write as a hobby, or you hope to become published, this month is the best chance you can give yourself to get started.
This is the first time I am participating in NaNoWriMo and I am actually very excited. I have started writing my story and have written a little over 5,000 words already. Will I finish a novel in one month? Who knows, but I am giving myself a good start.
If you have ever wanted to write but didn’t know where to start, I suggest you check out the NaNoWriMo website . You can find all kinds of cool stuff to help you get started, and best of all is that it costs you nothing. Access to the site is free. All you have to do is sign up and get started.
I write because I enjoy telling stories. I have written poetry for a number of years, but didn’t start writing fiction until recently. I hope I can write something good enough to publish, but even if I don’t I will always enjoy writing. It is a great way to express your creativity.
I hope you will take a look at the NaNoWriMo site and start your novel. I wish you all the best in your endeavors. Let’s get writing!

An Interview With William Weiner

 

21616292_1976525539294876_3496194866452583180_nAfter talking with my wife about things I could share with you as a new author, we gathered some interview questions plus a few fun either or and this or that type questions and I answered them. I hope you enjoy this small insight into who I am. Please feel free to email me any questions you would like me to answer, and I’ll do another interview post once I have several questions!

The Interview

  1. What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
    For me, the greatest joy I get in writing is when I have completed a piece of work and can say I did a good job.
  2. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
    I have always enjoyed writing, although in my younger years I wrote more for myself than anyone else. Writing was an effective way for me to express myself, to tell my secrets to someone, without actually having to share. As I got older I realized that other people may benefit from what I was writing. I thought I can’t be the only one who feels this way. This inspired me to share some of my poetry with others.
  3. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
    I think that one of my quirks is that I tend to shy away from using contractions in my writing. It is almost as if there is this proper little British voice in my head, reciting what I write and I tend to forget that I can use apostrophes.
  4. As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
    I wanted to be a lot of things when I was younger. It wasn’t until I grew up some that I decided I wanted to be a chef. Cooking is creative and I loved being able to take raw ingredients and turn them into something people would be happy to eat,
  5. What is your favorite childhood book?
    I enjoyed reading the Hardy Boys books. They were always going on adventures, solving mysteries. I thought that was awesome.
  6. Do you believe in writer’s block?
    I do…………..sorry, forgot what I was going to write. Seriously though, I think a lot of writers go through it. Sometimes it is frustrating because you know there is an idea out there and you just can’t seem to get it on paper (or computer).
  7. Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?
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    Okay, to be honest, I have not been reading much lately. However, when I do read I enjoy reading Stephen King, Dean Koontz, James Patterson, Dan Brown, Piers Anthony, and a few other random authors.

  8. What is your favorite genre to read, and why?
    I like reading a few different genres, but I would have to say that suspense/mystery and horror/supernatural are my go tos.
  9. What other genres do you enjoy reading?
    I like reading crime fiction and high fantasy. I love epic stories! They tend to stay with me longer.
  10. What books have influenced your life the most?
    I would have to say that many books have influenced me over the years. I don’t think I could begin to put a list together, but if I had to name one it would be the Golem of Prague. I grew up in a Jewish home and this was one of my grandmother’s favorite books. She read it to me many times when I was younger.
  11. How do you see writing? As a hobby or a passion?
    I would have to say that writing for me is a passion. I have written a lot of poetry over the years and most of those poems were inspired by my life and things happening in it. I love to write and if I could support myself by writing I would do it every day.
  12. rs-172368-king_finalIf you were given the opportunity to form a book club with your favorite authors of all time, which legends or contemporary writers would you want to become a part of the club?
    Wow, that is a difficult question. I would have to say that I would want to include Tolkien, Vonnegut, Shakespeare, Aristotle, and Stephen King. I would let others in, but I would really love to pick the brains of the ones I listed.
  13. What’s your favorite movie which was based on a book?
    I really think they did an amazing job adapting The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings into movies. I feel like they were able to keep the integrity of the stories without taking away too much detail.
  14. Which literary character do you most resonate with on a personal level?
    That is an interesting question. I never gave it much thought. I guess I would have to say that one literary character I feel is relatable would be Sherlock Holmes. I tend to overanalyze things that aren’t that complicated and usually need someone else to simplify my reasoning.
  15. Do you like audiobooks, physical books, or e-books better? Why?
    I like physical books best. I guess I am old fashioned but there is no comparison to a genuine paper book in your hand. Besides, it is easier to make notes on paper.
  16. What is your favorite word, and why?
    Does it have to be just one? Well, I have always liked the word chutzpah. It is the Yiddish word for nerve, as in; You got a lot of chutzpah to say that! It just sounds funny when you hear it.
  17. Favorite quote (doesn’t matter the source)
    “Carpe Diem”
  18. Your hero?
    I have to say that my grandmother, Bernice, is my hero. She survived the Holocaust and came to this country to make a fresh start. She never complained or asked for anything. She took things in stride and always supported me and tried to teach me the right way of doing things.
  19. If you could invite one person to dinner, who would it be and what would you cook?
    I would invite Wayne Gretzky to dinner. Always been a huge fan. I would cook New York Strip steak and mashed potatoes from scratch with sauteed veggies and a chocolate cake for dessert.
  20. If you could choose celebrity parents, who would you choose? And why?
    If age is not a factor, I would choose Adam Sandler and Susan Sarandon. I think they are both awesome and funny. I also think they are creative and down to earth. They could have had a kid like me.

Would you rather

  1. live in a haunted mansion or live in a un-haunted cottage?
    I would rather live in a haunted mansion. I love the supernatural so it would be interesting.
  2. have an endless summer or an endless winter?
    I would rather have an endless winter. I don’t like hot weather.
  3. spend the night in a luxury hotel room or camping surrounded by beautiful scenery
    I would rather choose the hotel room. I like t.v. too much.
  4. live at the top of a tall NYC apartment building or at the top of a mountain?
    I would rather live on top of a mountain. I did the city thing and it got old.
  5. have Rambo or The Terminator on your side?
    I would rather have the Terminator on my side.

This or that

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Coke or Pepsi?

Pepsi
Coffee or tea?

Coffee
Books or movies?

Movies
Crossword puzzles or sudokus?

Crossword puzzles
Cake or pie?

Cake
Tablet or Computer?

Computer
Early bird or night owl?

Night owl
TV or Book?

Book
Ocean or Mountains?

Mountains
Sausage or bacon?

Sausage
Eggs: Scrambled or fried?

Fried
Book or eBook?

Book

My Love

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September 2, 2015

My love for you is not passing, it doesn’t dwindle, it doesn’t die.
My love for you is eternal.
My life is yours, my heart and soul belong to you.
In my dreams of the future, it is you I see by my side.
I know the road has been rough and it may be so for a while,
But when the dust settles and all is done, I want to be standing by your side again.
When I said I love you, I meant it!
When I said forever, it was the truth!
This is the worse it will ever be and I promise somehow we will make it,
Be strong with me,
Never stop loving me,
Wait for me,
I will show you I am worth it.

Shade of Vengeance, A Jimmy Shade Short Story

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I was walking home from the store when my cell rang. It had already been a long day and I was hoping it wasn’t work. I reached into my coat pocket, grabbed the phone and flipped it open. “Detective Shade here, talk to me.”

My wife’s best friend was on the other end, talking fast and sounding flustered. “Jimmy? Oh my god, you gotta get home. I came over and found Lisa on the floor. She isn’t responding to me and I don’t know what to do!” Her voice trailed off as if she was about to start sobbing.

“Call 9-1-1 right now! I’m a couple blocks from the house and will be there as quick as I can.” I closed the phone and dropped it in my pocket. The bag with the milk I just bought was still gripped under my arm. I shifted the bag into a football hold and started running; I was only two blocks away from home, just a quick sprint. I started thinking of Lisa, hoping that everything was okay.

It took me a few minutes to reach my home. It was only 7 o’clock in the evening and the sun still gave off enough light for me to see the front door open slightly. I hesitated long enough to look around. I didn’t see anyone, and the street seemed to look normal for this time of the day. I took the steps two at a time and rushed into the house. What I saw startled and frightened me at the same time.

My wife, Lisa, was lying face up in the middle of the living room. Her best friend, Anna, was standing over her, fighting tears. She turned as I walked into the room. “Jimmy, I came over and the door was open. I called for Lisa and when she didn’t reply I came in and found her like this. I didn’t know what else to do.”

I rushed over to my wife. I put my fingers to her throat and let out a sigh of relief. She was still alive. I tried to shake her, but she didn’t budge. I couldn’t believe this was happening. Lisa was the best thing in my life. Through ten years of marriage she was always the voice of reason, the rock in our relationship. I couldn’t lose her. I looked over my shoulder at Anna. She was just standing there, shaking and wrenching her hands.

“She has a pulse Anna. It’s weak, but its there. Did you call 9-1-1? Are they sending an ambulance?”

“I called and they said they were sending emergency services. They said it would take about 20 minutes. That was right after I called you.”

I turned my attention back to Lisa and took her hand in mine. It felt sweaty and warm but she didn’t even flinch. I lowered my head and whispered, “It’s gonna be okay babe, the ambulance is on the way. You’re gonna be fine.” I really hoped that was true.

I turned my head towards Anna. All I saw was something short and black rushing towards my head with a whistling sound. I tried to raise an arm to protect myself. I felt something hard hit my temple and I crumpled to the floor. I tried to resist but another blow hit me. Everything went quiet and dark.


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Guilty Until Proven Innocent

Here’s a short story my wife wrote for a contest. Keep an eye out on this space for my first short story!

JM Weiner, Author

This story was written as an entry into a short story contest. It lets you know where I’m starting from. read through Wattpad with the link below or scroll for the full story. Also, this was written under an old pen name…it really is me! 😀

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Guilty Until Proven Innocent

Five Days Before Trial

Catching a serial killer usually makes a small town detective’s career rise. When we caught our one-and-only nut job, my partner and I both lost too much and gained nothing.

My name is Edwin Janos, but most call me Eddie. A couple a weeks ago, my partner-Landyn Waite- and I were sitting at our desks in Falls County Station. We were reading over police reports. We’re from a small town of about 5,000 souls unless plus a few furry ones. In other words, there’s not much detecting to do here in Falls, Virginia.

There was…

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A Prayer

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By the light of the Moon,
I stand by your side.
Deep in my heart,
Love does abide.
To honor and cherish,
To always be true.
In sickness and health,
I will always love you.
Day by day,
This love will grow.
May Goddess bless us,
As above, so below.a
These are my words,
For all to see.
My prayer is you,
So mote it be.

 

November 21, 2015

 

Poem- Entwined

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Entwined

written November 19, 2015

Every day with you is a joy.
Never have I been so in love.
To spend my life in adoration of you,
Willing to give all of me for your happiness.
I wonder if we feel the same way,
Needing one another so badly.
Entwined souls on an eternal journey,
Daily my path leads me softly to you.

 

BONUS Poem

Feeling like this needs a little more to read, so here’s one more short poemesque thing I wrote.

What is Love

written November 2015

Limitless devotion
Oneness of spirit
Very endearing
Eternal Bliss