If you remember a while back I talked about Magda Olchawska and how she was one of the first people to offer me advice and support in this task of not so much writing, but trying to promote your own books. Magda writes, is a very talented filmmaker and offers professional advice on how to promote your books (including creating book trailers. She did a wonderful job with the trailer for ‘The Man Who Never Was’), how to turn your book into a script, and many other things. She’s very generous with her advice and tips and after only a few months I consider her a good friend. Did I forget to say? I met her through Twitter. Yes, another one of my Twitter treasure finds.
As I’ve said we’ve kept in touch and Magda has kindly agreed to be a guest in my blog. She has replied to some questions for us and at the end of the post I’ll include some links and also the link to the trailer for ‘The Man Who Never Was’ she created for me.
Here I leave you in the very capable and kind hands of Magda!
When did you first start writing?
I started writing when I was pretty young. I read a lot of poetry so, naturally, I started writing poetry. However seeing no success in my writing or rather not believing in myself too much I gave up writing for few years before I came back to it full time.
What inspired you to write?
The film scripts I write are usually based on my observation of daily life with a pinch of my imagination.
The children books I write are mostly based on my son’s stories and my experience & observation of his behaviour and life.
The novel I’ve just started to write is based to some extent on my experience, with rather huge dose of my imagination.
Have you always been intrigued or wanted to write a particular genre?
No, not really. When it comes to writing scripts I write various genres.
When it comes to books I write for children and just recently extended my writing to more grown up writing.
What I definitely don’t want to write & won’t write is horror, or zombie or vampire stuff.
How did you come up with the idea for your newest/current project?
“Untitled Novel for Women Only” has been on my mind for some time. However, I couldn’t get the form just right. So it took me quite a bit of time to figure out what would be the best format for the novel. After I had the right format in my head I started writing. To write one novel post it takes me up to a week. I’m planning to post novel posts once a week.
Every week it’s going to be a continuation of the previous post. However, if readers decide to read just one post they will still be able to find their ground in the novel.
Do you write as a full time occupation? If no, do you think your everyday job provides you inspiration for writing or is it a necessary evil?
I’m a full time film director and writer. I also run social media management business so these three related occupations keep me both, busy & inspired.
If you could meet any writer (or writers) in the history of literature (dead or alive) who would you choose? And why?
Oh, dear it’s a difficult one. I guess at the moment I would love to meet Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
I just love “The Little Prince” and it reminds me so much of my childhood.
What do you think about social media? Do you use it mostly as a promotional tool or is it an integral part of your life?
Social media has become a big part of my everyday life. I work with social media on daily basis to promote both my clients’ work as well as mine. I think social media are time consuming but at the same time give artist the freedom and opportunity we have never had before.
If the social media are used in a coherent & wise manner I don’t see the reason why they wouldn’t work to the artist’s advantage.
Any tips for people thinking about writing/publishing?
Just keep writing and re-writing. Don’t give up and don’t waste time on people who try to put your down.
Tell me a new thing you have discovered recently that you think should be shared.
Working hard 4 hours a day is fantastic & very productive .
Tell me an old thing you’ve rediscovered that you think shouldn’t be forgotten.
Importance of family in one’s life as well as taking time off and relaxing makes life not only more pleasurable but also more productive.
Magda is so right…Here are her links:
This one takes you to ‘Untitle Novel for Women Only’ that as Magda explains she’ll be posting every week:
This is her webpage where you can find more information about her, her projects and her consultation services:
This link is to her page about her children’s books (where she also shares her thoughts and posts):
Check this link for her online media management:
I hope you enjoyed reading about my friend Magda and I leave you also a link to the video she created for my novel ‘The Man Who Never Was’