As writers we have an innate, implied trust in
a multitude of things we cannot explain with any measure of
certainty (creativity, ideas, process, fictional worlds we
create), yet we must rely upon these creative lifestyle elements
to continue finding success in doing what we love most.
Why, then, is it so difficult to suspend our
disbelief—for even just a moment—to contemplate the notion of
how there might be something to this zodiac thing and that some
of it might really apply to our creative lives and writing
In the introduction of Sun Signs for Writers,
Bev Walton-Porter shares that her book was written for "…readers
and writers…who…consider themselves creative [and]…are drawn to
metaphysical or New Age subjects." My advice? Even if you’re not
into your horoscope, astrology or anything touchy-feely that you
can’t find solid research on before you believe it, check out
Sun Signs for the fun of it.
Walton-Porter’s book is more than new-age
stuff. She’s created a dynamic text with a balance of fun,
insight and practical exercises for writers regardless if you’re
an earth, water, air or fire sign. If you’re not interested in
discovering more about yourself and your writing style through
your zodiac sign, check it out for background information on
creating dynamic characters.
For those unfamiliar with the nuances between
sun signs (the zodiac sign corresponding to your date of birth),
Walton-Porter begins with a simple introduction where we learn
female/male signs (also known as positive/negative, yin/yang and
passive/active), cardinal, fixed and mutable signs, elements of
signs, ruling planets and a brief note on how to use the book.
From there, she jumps into the signs, their qualities,
personality traits, how each sign can combat writer’s block,
deal with rejection, give and receive criticism and thoughtful
suggestions on pursuing publication based on your sign’s
strengths. She ends with a few writing activities geared toward
the sign’s interests and talents, and completes the section with
a brief listing of birthdays of writers with that sign.
For writers born on the cusp of a sign (near
the date when the signs change to the next), Walton-Porter has
included insight on how the traits of each sign mesh together.
And for those of you interested in using the information in
strengthening your characters through zodiac traits, the last
section of the book contains more details and suggestions on how
to breathe life into your fictional folks to create archetypes
that move your story forward.
While the information (dealing with writer’s
block, rejection, criticism and ideas for publication) is
targeted toward the individual sign, I’d challenge writers to
read the book from front to back as a simple reference tool
capable of sparking all types of ideas.
More than a fun read, Sun Signs provided me
with a few insights about my own writing style and process I
knew implicitly but wasn’t certain how to use to my advantage.
With Bev Walton-Porter’s help, I’ve got a few more tools in my
writer’s toolbox for the next time I might need them and
tangible ideas on how to improve my approach—no small
accomplishment when you’re dealing with us stubborn, determined,
About the author: Beth Morrow is a
lifetime Taurus proud of her bullish nature. Her most recent
article on helping fiction writers make the leap to freelancing
is slated for the April 2007 issue of Romance Writers Report.
She’ll be teaching an online course in June for the Hearts
Through History RWA Chapter on the same subject—visit
more information. In addition, she authors an (almost) daily
blog of resources for writers at
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