Paul Trembling, pictured opposite:
I have a theory about talent. It goes like this:
The things that we’re naturally good at, we will probably enjoy doing. The things we enjoy doing, we do more of (or as much as life gives us the opportunity!). The things we do more of, we get better at. So natural talent is reinforced by practice which is driven by the pleasure we take in exercising our talent.
You can see this happening in many areas. Sport, music, DIY, hobbies of all sorts and (for the lucky ones) sometimes in work as well. And in writing.
If my theory is correct, then I should be a pretty good writer by now, because I’ve been practicing it all my life!
Actually, I often prefer to think of myself as a storyteller, rather than a writer, because I began telling stories even before I could write – or read, for that matter! Some of my earliest memories are of lying awake at night, making up stories and telling them to myself.
I’ve never stopped telling them. To be honest, I’ve never really tried – its just too much fun! But I doubt if I could break the habit now even if I wanted to.
Eventually, of course, I did learn to read and write. My reading influenced my story making, and my story making became writing. Eventually (and it was a long process) the writing became sketches and short stories and novels.
But does the theory work in my case? After a lifetime of practice, am I any good as a writer?
Ultimately, that’s not for me to say. Those who read my stories will have to decide for themselves. But I have had some considerable encouragement from people who have read them, and liked them, and have been good enough to tell me so! And – although of course, there’s always more to learn, always improvement to be made – I quite like the stories myself!
(But then, I always did, even when I was the only one I told them to!)
If you’d like to make your own mind up, I’ve got a few to choose from.
My crime novel, ‘Can of Worms’ is available on Amazon (for Kindle) or as a paperback from Lulu.com. It has its own FaceBook page, where you can read an excerpt for free. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Can-of-Worms/289132197861985
Or if you enjoy fantasy, try my ‘Dragon Slayer’ series. A linked series of short stories that follow the adventures of Rimsey Stolworth, the only female Dragon Slayer and probably the best one ever.
‘The Ways of Dragons’ http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ways-Dragons-Dragon-Slayers-ebook/dp/B00718WFO8/ref=sr_1_6?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1350462378&sr=1-6
‘The Dragon Slayer’s Apprentice’ http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Dragon-Slayers-Apprentice-ebook/dp/B007PPJMO8/ref=pd_sim_kinc_2
‘A Plague of Dragons’ http://www.amazon.co.uk/Plague-Dragons-Dragon-Slayers-ebook/dp/B00885VLCU/ref=pd_sim_kinc_1
Books 1-3 are available on Amazon (Kindle only at present, I’m afraid), Book 4 should be online before Christmas.
My next publication, however, will be a new venture for me – a children’s fantasy. ‘Trouble in Toyland’ was originally written for my youngest son, Andy. He seemed to like it – so (with a few changes) I’m going to offer it to a wider audience. It should be out on Kindle in the next few weeks. In order to keep it separate from my other writing, I’m putting it under the pen name ‘Henry Leyland’
Another project nearing completion is a fantasy novelette, which I’m also hoping to publish before Christmas, and a fantasy / romance novel (The Empress’s Lover) which could be available in the new year.
At the moment I’m working on some crime short stories, prequels to ‘Can of Worms’.
If you want to keep up to date with my writing, visit my FaceBook page, ‘Paul Trembling – Writing’. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Paul-Trembling-Writing/163519717084014?fref=ts
And please take a look at my website, Yearning Blue, to find out more about me and to read some free stuff! Short stories, poems, projects, etc. http://yearningblue.weebly.com/
I hope you enjoy it. If you do – let me know! If you don’t, let me know why not! All writers need encouragement, and feedback. Encouragement helps us to keep writing. Feedback keeps us in touch with reality!
Thanks for reading, and especially, thanks to Marj for hosting me on her blog.