Writer Groupie Episode 32 : Interview with Ute Carbone

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Ute Carbone has wanted to be many things in her life. Some of them were fanciful- ballerina, trapeze artist, world class ski racer. Some more serious-doctor, oceanographer, bookstore owner. Some she’s actually accomplished- teacher, mother, workshop leader. She took time out of her busy schedule to talk with Writer Groupie and below is the interview.

You can find her latest book, The Tender Bonds, at Turquoise Morning Press Bookstore and other online retailers.

Our interview is an audio only podcast.


In this episode we discuss:
Her writing journey
Writing poetry and how she does it
How poetry has affected her prose
How poetry can help develop your writing voice
The insider details about her wonderful book covers
Information about how an author gets involved with award programs and her nominations in the Rone awards
Inspiration for those interested in publishing with more than one publisher
Her opinion about writing in different genres
What’s coming next for her
An upcoming conference her publisher will be at
Advice for aspiring authors

You can find Ute Carbone at her website, Ute Carbone

I have begun a new thing. It is not a new thing to me nor will it be to you, but it is a new thing to the me that is living today. I am journaling. I began doing this as a sort of way to break my block. Yes, I do have it on occasion. I usually just start writing and let the muse unwind and it usually ends up being a short story or novella. But with How to Write a few days away, I knew I needed to free up my mind to create, and starting a journal seemed a good way.

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I am already SO addicted to this habit. I am breaking my journaling down into three segments, morning, afternoon, and evening. Because believe it or not, my life is that segmented. I have all manner of things that happen to me during the day at work, in the afternoon when things are winding down, and at night when I am home again with my littl hubby. He and I are STILL enduring, fighting the good fight over the health issues that have risen to sit on his shoulders these days. But that, of course, is another post.


Here are a few things I have found to be helpful in the act of journaling so far as writing a longer piece is concerned.

1. You can totally take it with you everywhere.
2. You can jot down mental images of people you see – great character building
3. You can (on some pages-depends on the type of paper) use water colors to make your thoughts come alive.
4. You can sort of write about historical events that happen -forever captured for your children and their children to read about over and over years from now.
5. It’s cathartic to the point of poignancy. Just don’t forget to breathe. Our lives can be sort of consuming.

That’s it for now. I haven’t been writing long enough to tell you more about this. The process is simple. Pull out a little notebook and write. Write about society and how you fit into it. Write about the weather and how you long for it to change. Better yet, write about you. Your dreams, your aspirations, your innermost longing. I promise you will start writing one page and end up with three. I know I have.

Oh, and be sure to check back on JULY 1st for the HOW TO WRITE series!!!

What does my reader want?

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Several things have become glaringly apparent this weekend so far as How to Write is concerned. I guess whenever anyone embarks on such an auspicious endeavor, one must not get overly involved in the stuff behind the scenes. Well, I have. Deeply, truly, madly involved. But it’s all for my reader.

It is because I care. I do not want to be a big fat failure, and have you scratching your head wondering what the heck I am talking about. But then too, I do not want anyone who is a little more advanced falling asleep as we dig into the basic stuff.

It is truly a balancing act, folks.

So if you would be so kind as to post in the comments below what exactly you would like to know during this series, then I can make sure to answer questions effectively, and cover subjects in a more detail-oriented fashion. My reader is critical to this little series.

Come on you guys, I am doing this for YOU.

If you want to know how to make a plot board, I will make a video for you, (lol, I already bought the tri-fold!) — if you want to know how to create a character or world-build, or any of that stuff, I am here for you. That is what this little series is about. You ask questions, and I answer. And then I write. A lot.

So don’t feel like you will just sludge along behind me listening to my diatribe about writing. This will be much more fun if you are involved! I know there are some readers out there who are feeling shy and feel like your questions will be dumb ones. Well, stop. It is true that no question is a dumb one. It may be the very one someone else wanted to ask but was too shy. Yeah, there will be someone in the group who is MORE shy than you!

So, I will post the first How to Write post on July 1, and I hope you will check it out.

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Ten things I wish I had known before becoming a writer

Sometimes I think that old adage about hindsight being clearer than foresight is true. There are a lot of things I wish I had known before becoming a writer. Writing is not easy sometimes. Those days where pages fly by under my fingertips don’t happen the way they used to. I have an internal editor that is a mean little woman.

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But since writing is so personal and intimate, and you are following this blog to get insider details, here goes a list of things I sure wish sometime had told me.

I wish I had known being a writer would be so hard. I pour myself out on the page and then turn around and delete all of it. I write like I think and sometimes my thoughts are jumbled.

  • You are supposed to LIKE what you write, but sometimes I hate it. Sometimes I think I am just a hack. I wish I had know that to enjoy your writing is sort of a given.
  • You are supposed to enjoy the process, but sometimes I just want to be done with this book and go to the next one. I wish I had known about learning the process and mastering it will bring contentment with it.
  • Sometimes I love my characters so much I can’t bear to write the end. I think it is like saying goodbye to my beloved sister who lives far from me. It might be a while before I can see them again. I wish someone had told me that you can write as many sequels and continued stories as you want to. Series are very popular now.
  • Editing is hard work. It takes time and you cannot rush it. Wish someone had told me the value in editing so I would have better edited work.
  • Something that I did in the early days, and have only recently gone back to, is to write for myself. You have to do this because YOU love it — not because you think you will be rich from it. HA! If only!
  • I have been a writer for a lot of years, but I have never had a special place for writing. I believe that you can get more mileage from your efforts if you switch it up. So, I wish someone had told me that you should change writing places OFTEN. I might have been more productive through the years.
  • As I said recently, ideas are EVERYWHERE. I wish someone had told me to be a better observer of human interaction and body language, so that I could be a better writer of emotional clues in the unspoken language going on between people.
  • I think that sometimes those people who say I want to write a book someday are filled with a sort of fear, a fear of failure. Or maybe it is a fear of success? Who knows? I had it once. I wish I hadn’t spent so many years doubting my ability to success, or whatever. I might have more work out there.
  • I wish someone had told me to figure out what the story is about from start to finish BEFORE writing the first word. I have had to TRY to explain the story to someone in the middle of writing it and I couldn’t tell them what it was about. That is sort of important when you are trying to get someone interested in it.
  • And I guess lastly, love this life. Love the process, love the effort you are putting forth, love the editing, love your work. LOVE IT. Or else, don’t write. Just…don’t. The work you will put out will be a waste of your time and mine when I pay to buy it. Don’t make me a mad reader.


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  • Since How to Write is now a little more than a week away, I am considering this question that I hear so often.

    What should I write about?
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    We all face this dilemma when we sit down to pen something. I personally keep a pretty lengthy list of folders in my Document section devoted to ideas. And when I have an idea, I write it out and save it over there. So when the time comes to begin something new, I have plenty of ideas to choose from.

    I am not going to discuss WHERE ideas come from because that is just a silly question. Ideas are everywhere. If you want to write YA go to the ice cream shop or pizza shop or another place where young people gather and LISTEN. You will hear more than you ever dreamed and the ideas will go cray-cray in your mind. If you want to write romance, watch a few Lifetime movies. Learn human interaction and you will never miss. If you want to write mystery, read a great selection from the bestseller list. I personally love the first books by Patricia Cornwell. Truly you can be inspired and get ideas from movies, books, and just plain opening your ears.

    But choosing a writing topic is a very individual thing. You alone can tell what you should write about. Most of us have a strong inclination when we sit down to write about SOMETHING. Just let your muse take your hand and pull you along for a while. I am going on a wing and a prayer myself. Sometimes I have to write a few chapters before I realize what the story is really about and where it is going.

    Writing is a process.
    It’s the thing that our brain gets us into and we have to jump on the bus and just go. And if you worry about writing something you don’t know a lot about — just remember that there are a lot of good resources on the Internet, and this might be a great time for you to learn how to research. There are pros out there in the field you do not know much about who would love for you to contact them and ask for info. (I went on a drive around my town with a police officer to see what it feels like).

    So, in answer to the what do I write about question — just write. Those who worry too much about what they are doing often give up on the notion. You don’t want to do that, do you?