What happens When the Words Stop.

In Which GeGi addresses an issue all writers have eventually encountered.

Greetings, fellow octopi! This is GeGi hosting today.

There are times in a writer’s life when the words stop. The flow seems to dry up; you struggle to craft even the simplest sentences. Inspiration and creative energy feel like things of the past, and you wonder if you’ll ever write again.

I do, at least. The rhythm of my writing is very cyclical — abundance is followed by drought followed by fresh abundance, and on, and on, and on. When I was younger this worried me. Each time I took an involuntary break from writing, I felt like it was the final time. The well had run dry, and I wasn’t a real writer after all.  Then the words would come rushing back, and I would be consumed by writing again, trying to ignore everything else so I could spend hours upon hours in the fictional worlds of my own creation. I would tell myself that this time it had to be real, that it would last. Which, of course, it never did.

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Q&A: Writer Friends and the Importance of Having Them. Part One.

In Which Your Hosts Answer a Few Questions about Friendship of a Writerly Variety.

Greetings, fellow octopi. Welcome to our First Ever Q&A!

With you today for this Very Special occasion will be our two co-founders: GeGi and endever*. The Topic is Writerly Friends, and it’s one which we’ve been nibbling about the edges of for quite some time here at The Octopus Society of Evil Authors Headquarters. We’ve decided, after much discussion between ourselves, to cover this area of writer life via a Question and Answer format; both in order to make our lives a little easier, but also — more importantly — to give you, dear readers, a chance to see this important facet of our lives from two different viewpoints. First to answer will be GeGi, followed by the same set of questions next week to be answered by endever*.

Without further ado, let us acquire appropriate refreshments and begin!

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Being a Writer; GeGi’s musing on the heart of the matter.

In Which GeGi Becomes Philosophical about being a Writer.

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endever* and I (GeGi) have rather different approaches to writing (partly because we have very different backgrounds for how we became writers). It’s one of the contributing factors for the awesomeness of our writerly discussions. Things are generally much more interesting when different points of view can come together to tackle a problem, after all. Talking about your writing with someone who will ask questions you never thought of is extremely helpful. The reverse of that — being asked questions you hadn’t thought of about someone else’s writing — is incredibly useful for exploring knowledge you have but hadn’t bothered to put into words. Incidentally, it also happens to be a excellent example of the whole “teaching is the best way to learn” advice… But getting into the importance of writerly friends is a topic for a future post!

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Suggestions and Ideas for the Wary Author.

Tips for Octopi on methods of discretion while researching.

In this day and age, it becomes a sensible precaution for the aspiring Evil Author to take a few extra measures to ensure privacy and discretion in the pursuit of research. Should the hapless outsider discover an Evil Author’s internet queries out of context, for example, the author might be suspected of plotting deeds most foul in the physical world, rather than merely bringing suffering and excitement to the world of their own creation. Such unpleasantness should be avoided, as it only serves as a distraction from precious time which should rightly be spent writing. Fortunately, my dear octopi, endever* and I (GeGi) have decided to compile a few helpful suggestions to aid you in this avoidance.

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The Fine Lines of Being Evil.

In Which We Discuss The Art of Being Evil Authors. Part One.

Greetings, my dear little octopi! How are we all this fine day/night? Well, I hope? Settled comfortably? There’s tea or coffee for refreshments, please help yourselves. Have your notebooks out and writing implements at the ready? Excellent, let’s begin!

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We’re going to talk about being Evil. Specifically, an Evil Author.

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Camp NaNo, Part the First.

OSEA is about to do Camp Nano April 2017.

Hello New Friends!

GeGi here. I’m excited to announce this, our first official discussion about Something That Isn’t OSEA.

Today’s topic: Camp NaNoWriMo.

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Greetings!

In which we welcome you to The Octopus Society of Evil Authors and describe our vision.

Welcome! Do come in, sit down, make yourself comfortable. Have some tea, or coffee if you prefer.

There, now that we’re all settled and civil, do allow me to introduce myself. I’m GeGi, one of your host authors, and will be the most frequent contributor to the blog. With me is my co-conspirator, endever*, who looks after the Tumblr and a lot of the Twitter content. We’re both so pleased you made the time to meet us, and do hope you’ll spend quite a bit of time visiting us in the future. Learn more about us in the About section.

Creating an official presence for The Octopus Society of Evil Authors (the correct abbreviation is OSEA) has long been a dream of ours. Between ourselves OSEA has been a constant source of encouragement and fun since inception, and we’d be remiss if we’d kept the enjoyment of such a delightful concept from others. Explore, poke around, ask questions… We welcome involvement and participation.

Our vision thus far for the blog is to be a place of various mixed content of writerly interest, all cross-posted to the Twitter and Tumblr. We’ll cover such topics as writing process and evolution of drafts, problems and issues and hopefully corresponding solutions and ideas, current works in progress, participation in NaNo events, writing prompts, recommendations and reviews, and whatever else inspires us — all with a writer focus, of course.

The Tumblr is planned to be a mix of the cross-posts, and reblogs of other writerly things found on Tumblr; prompts, editing advice, quotes, and so forth.

The Twitter will be all that, plus writerly-related hashtag conversations, and so on.

And, naturally, there will be the occasional octopus

That’s all we have to say for the moment. We’re quite busy creating more content to go up soon, and hopefully we shall have regular updates once everything is sufficiently settled. We’re also in the midst of preparing for Camp NaNo in April, more about which I’ll write in the next post.

In the meantime, we encourage you to start or join in a conversation in the comments, or get in touch with us through our various social media. Introduce yourself, and let us know what topics you’d like to see covered, or what writing challenges you’re facing that you’d like feedback or sympathy about — we’re evil, but we’re also very sympathetic to writer problems!