Wednesday, December 16, 2009

BK Reeves on Writing

It is with my deepest pleasure and honor to present my guest blogger today.  BK Reeves has been a notable figure on the writing scene in the Greater Houston Area for many years.

She has served on the Boards of various writing organizations, coordinated writing conferences for the Bay Area Writers League, taught creative writing classes, and tutored and mentored many an aspiring author, including myself.  She also happens to be my mother. 

I'm thrilled to announce BK has agreed to guest blog on a regular basis at Just Write!  She'll be sharing her wisdom and thoughts through articles, essays and anecdotes.

Without further ado, here's BK Reeves' first blog ever!!!

 by BK Reeves
Writing is an old game for me. I was seventy-eight in August of 2009, and I’ve been writing and publishing fiction and nonfiction since I was eight years old. That’s seventy years.

I have taught the craft of writing to many different people. By 1988, I was teaching fiction writing at Gilruth at the Johnson Space Center. I taught a series of weekly classes there and my students included one astronaut and many aerospace engineers, plus others who worked at NASA.

One would think I’d be intimidated, teaching such people. I wasn’t. I was a published writer; they wanted to learn to write fiction; I could teach them how. Plus, I was twenty years older than most of them.

Someone from San Jacinto Continuing Education called me. I taught for years at the Central Campus, then San Jacinto South called. I taught at both campuses for a long time, then resigned to devote more time to my own writing.

Confession: I have a demon behind my brow. It’s my WB, my writer’s brain. WB compels, impels and drives me to write. If I can’t write, I develop a bad case of DWB, or Deadly Word Backup.

I am motivated to create stories with characters in conflict. A word of advice: Learn what GMC means (Goal, Motivation and Conflict.) You don’t have a story unless you have accreting or accumulating conflicts.

There is a symbiotic relationship between writer and reader. As I peruse my completed manuscript, I believe my reader will suspend his/her disbelief and become lost in the story.

As for me, I’m addicted to seeing my name in print. A story with my byline on it is magical. Getting money for what I’ve written is icing on the cake.

Thanks, BK!!!

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Kathy Otten said...

Good Morning BK,

Nice to meet a fellow Cactus Rose author. Thanks for the tips. I wish I had learned about GMC when I started writing, I probably would have broken into print a little soon. I hope I'm still writing when I'm seventy-eight. Good for you!

terri richison said...

Hi BK! So, after 70 years of writing and publishing, is there a 'favorite' story or article that sticks in your mind? Any regrets about things you have or haven't written? THANKS for sharing with us!

Tiffany Green said...

Thanks for sharing your story, BK. That's great that you've been writing for 70 years! I agree that GMC will propel the story forward. Without it, the story falls flat.

BK Reeves said...

Kathy, there are many things that I wish I'd learned much earlier, but that's crying over spilled milk!
Good luck with your writing. BK

Alyssa Goodnight said...

Hi Anne Marie! I'm here, I'm here!

Seventy years--wowza! That's a long time and a lot of stories! Yay you for still writing, BK!

BK Reeves said...

Terri, I have about a million favorite stories, some of them unprintable, starring you! As for regrets, I'm sure I could think of something to regret if I wanted to look backward. I don't. Let's think of what we're gonna write tomorrow, and celebrate. Love you, BK

BK Reeves said...

Tiffany, thanks for your comment. Yeah, I'm a big fan of GMC. Good luck with your writing. BK

BK Reeves said...

Hey Alyssa, I don't get any credit for keeping on writing. I can't quit! I know that, because I've tried.
As for the long years, well, time flies when you're having fun! Stay in touch. BK

BK Reeves said...

Hey Terri, you DO know I was just kidding, don't you?
For those of you who might be wondering, well, Terri is one of my very own. I can't count how many classes of mine she has taken. Terri, we've had fun, yes? Love you, BK

Skhye said...

Hi, BK! I sat through one of your talks on romance or sex in romance. Anyway, I remember you're the first to say sex is more than the act. It's mental. After reading your intro here, I'll add that mental equals GMC. And I'm so with you on DWB...

AM, maybe my inability to remember words isn't because of Lyme--especially since I don't have any Polish genes. Maybe it's DWB!!!

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Anne Marie Novark said...

Hey Everyone!!!

Kathy, glad you stopped by. You, too, Tiffany. Did y'all happen to look at the sidebar and the Guest Blogger Lineup? Hmmm? VBG!!! (Skhye's there, too.)

Terri!!! Great questions.

Alyssa!!! You're here, you're here!!!

LOL, Skhye!!! I think you've hit on the very thing to explain your inability to remember words. DWB!!!

BK's doing a wonderful job, isn't she???


Anna Kathryn Lanier said...

Hi, BK. I heard about you while I was taking classes at San Jac, but that was about the time you quit, so I missed having you as a teacher. Though I did get to meet you at BAWL. I love reading about author's journeys and how they write. Thanks for sharing!

Ann Peake said...

Hey BK - AMN! Heck fire, if y'all can do this, so can I. And I love the way Terri was so nice and PC. Mmmhmm. Ask her what's coming up this Monday? Sorry, Terri, I'm tattling.
More to the point - thanks AMN for reminding me about butt in chair. Hee hee!
And BK, maybe after ten years, I will finally HEAR you.

Luv ya!

Emma Lai said...

Lovely interview! It's so nice to put words to what happens when I don't write. Every career has it's acronyms and I'm slowly learning those of the writing industry. Great description of the writer/reader relationship.

Can't wait to read more!

Anne Marie Novark said...

Hey Ann!!! You made it!!!

You can do eeet!!!

BICHOK Forever!!!

Terri? What's up on Monday???

AM :)

Anne Marie Novark said...


Ah yes. The acronyms of the industry: GMC, POV, WB, DWB, BICHOK!!!

Just to name a few!!!

AM :)

Anne Marie Novark said...


I'm sorry you didn't get the opportunity to take one of BK's classes. Ask Ann and Terri; they know all about it.

Of course, I never took one of her classes either. On the other hand, BK's tutored me all of my life. Talk about bleeding all over a manuscript or two or three . . .

AM :)

BK Reeves said...

Skhye, everyone knows I'm in love with love, good, bad and ugly! I'm not kidding. Well maybe about the ugly. Anyway, glad you caught me talking about romance. Sex and love CAN go together and hopefully they do.I still contend that romance begins in the brain and travels south.

Here's to more l-o-v-e and less Deadly Word Backup.

Have a great writing day. BK

BK Reeves said...

Anna, I agree. I am fascinated by every author's journey. Sorry I missed having you in my San Jac classes. Say hello when next we meet, so I can put a face with your name. BK

BK Reeves said...

Ten years is not too long a time to "get it" in re synopses. Maybe you had a lousy teacher.

Enjoyed seeing you at the Christmas Party.

Tell me about Terri. What's she hiding?

Luv you, too. BK

Anne Marie Novark said...

Hey NOW!!!

She did NOT have a lousy teacher. Maybe she's just a "slow" learner. *grins*

(ducks and runs)

AM :)

Mary Ricksen said...

Seventy years, that's amazing.
I can only say, keep on writing.
Your understanding of the reader-writer relationship, is key to a good story. I wish I had been one of your students.

BK Reeves said...

Ann Peake, perhaps a word of explanation is in order.
Folks, for umpteen years, Ann (a constant and stellar member of my classes) refused to "hear" me when I insisted that she learn to write a synopsis for whatever story she had in progress.

Oh, happy day, that has changed and she has jumped on the synopsis bandwagon. I am doing my best not to say "I told you so." Luv you much, Ann. BK

BK Reeves said...

Mary Ricksen, seventy years doesn't seem so very long if you're doing something you love.

I also wish you could have been one of my students.

Hope we can meet sometimes. BK

Skhye said...

I thought I'd better return and explain that AnneMarie jabs me about having a Polish gene every time I can't remember something. :) So, I joke with her about that tons. I didn't mean to imply BK has Polish genes. LOL And I really shouldn't crack cultural jokes... ~the anthropologist

Anne Marie Novark said...

No worries, Skhye!!!

I'm proud to be a Polack!!! And it sure comes in handy when I do something dumb. *grin*

Although, I've never been able to figure out why people say Polacks are dumb. Some of the smartest people I know are Polish.

And BK can't say anything. She married a Polack and had three Polish babies.

AM :)

BK Reeves said...

Emma, so glad to finally meet you on line.

Acronyms are my down fall, too.

Yeah, not writing is pure misery for writers.

Good luck, BK

Skhye said...

LOL, AM. Just like that other discussion we're having at our local-author group about genes... Polish genes as well as other European genes, methinks, have a long history of learning what was considered to be cutting-edge at medieval "universities" (monastaries). Monks originated all over Europe. ;) And then there's this thing called the Renaissance that guided studies, i.e. molded intelligence. But it's great we can laugh about ourselves and use a convenient scapegoat. Anything to save our sanity. I won't go into empowerment here. ;) But I'm certain you can see where I would be heading...

BK Reeves said...

Skhye, I like to say that I've had a little Polack in me at least three times, but who is counting.

One of the smartist, most intelligent men I've ever known is Stosh, who is my kid's daddy. And he loved, loved us and took care of us and is still taking care of us.

Anyone who thinks Polacks are dumb, better hope they never tangle with one!

Sign me very happy to have been married to a Polack. Barbara Kolaski