Walter C. Conner

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Mr. Conner is a native Californian currently living in Southern California with his wife of fifty years. He retired in 2008 from a 39 year career in the printing industry which included production, sales and management. During that time he wrote magazine articles and advertising copy but had never attempted a novel length work.

He began writing his first novel, Wizard of Wisdom, at the age of sixty-three and wrote Books Two and Three — Princess of Wisdom and Children of Wisdom — while searching for an agent and/or publisher for Book One. Double Dragon e-books accepted the entire series for publication in late 2010.

The Wisdom Chronicles series in order:
• Wizard of Wisdom (6/2011)
• Princess of Wisdom (2/2012)
• Children of Wisdom (6/2012)
• King
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Walter C. Conner This one's kinda awkward because (A) there are actually four fictional couples who, although their relationships are slightly different, are all…moreThis one's kinda awkward because (A) there are actually four fictional couples who, although their relationships are slightly different, are all loving and all equally my favorites, and (B) we met them all in the first of my Wisdom Chronicles books, "Wizard of Wisdom."

First is the "innocent youth" romance of the blacksmith Kemp and the accidental companion, Peg. Very circumspect and sweet, theirs is an old fashioned romance, which appeals to me.

Second is the fiery romance of Tingle and Thisbe. No less loving than that of Kemp and Peg, but far more volatile and passionate.

Third is the shy romance of Scrubby and Mattie who admired each other from afar but never had much of an opportunity to speak to each other until thrown together by fate in the very last pages of the book.

Last, but far from the least, is the very complicated, incredibly powerful romance of the Wizard Wilton and Princess Caron Gleneagle, about which I can say very little without giving away significant parts of all six of the books in the series.(less)
Walter C. Conner I'm all too familiar with this problem. While I have "mini-blockages" on a depressingly regular basis, I had one particularly vexatious bout with…moreI'm all too familiar with this problem. While I have "mini-blockages" on a depressingly regular basis, I had one particularly vexatious bout with writer's block that stumped me at about 30,000 words into the story and lasted the better part of a year. That was a definite bummer!

But now, how do I deal with them?

My first step is generally to go back and read what I've written to that point which can reestablish the flow of the story in my mind. I've even gone back to preceding novels in the series to refresh the history as well as reinforce my writing voice. While it would seem a waste of valuable time, it's not all bad because it gives me the opportunity to edit and re-write as I go, plus I can find inconsistencies and character and location transpositions that could cause a reader to stumble and disturb the flow of the story.

Sometimes, just walking away and focusing on other things is helpful.

But my ultimate fallback when all else fails is what I refer to as "the nuclear option" wherein I just start writing anything that might create a direction to take. Even though I don't have a clear idea of where I'm going, it at least gets me moving, and surprisingly often ends up being where I would or should have gone anyway.

Don't know how others handle it, but those are what have worked for me.(less)
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Started off like gang-busters on this final installment (Book Seven) in the Wisdom Chronicles series and was rolling right along when I realized as I finished the 8th chapter that everything after the third chapter just wasn’t working for me. No problems with the writing itself, but, upon rereading, the drama I had expected would be there just wasn’t. So, I dragged chapters 5 through 8 into a “... Read more of this blog post »
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“Life is a constant balancing act, and keeping your balance is not always possible. The better you prepare yourself, the better your chances of regaining your balance when you lose it.”
Walter C. Conner

“The death of this honorable man upon this battlefield leaves all of us the poorer for his loss, yet so much the richer for the friendship and love and loyalty with which he gifted us in life. May his spirit speed unhindered to the other side to join those already there and to await us until we join him in our own times.”
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“Life is a constant balancing act, and keeping your balance is not always possible. The better you prepare yourself, the better your chances of regaining your balance when you lose it.” — Princess Alina to her son Ryan, the heir apparent to the crown of the Kingdom of Wisdom”
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“The death of this honorable man upon this battlefield leaves all of us the poorer for his loss, yet so much the richer for the friendship and love and loyalty with which he gifted us in life. May his spirit speed unhindered to the other side to join those already there and to await us until we join him in our own times.”
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“Life is a constant balancing act, and keeping your balance is not always possible. The better you prepare yourself, the better your chances of regaining your balance when you lose it.” — Princess Alina to her son Ryan, the heir apparent to the crown of the Kingdom of Wisdom”
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