"I'll race you." He flashed me a mischievous grin. "Up the hill, past that circle of pines." I glanced in the direction he was pointing. Seriously? The hill he'd chosen was impossibly steep. . .and buried in snow. Talk about a suicide mission. I checked my sturdy snow boots and calculated my chances of beating... Continue Reading →
When we first start our books, it's magic. We're captivated by the stories playing in our heads, by the characters, by (let's be honest) everything that spills across the pages. But as time goes on, we grow tired. Distracted. New stories torment us from a distance, and all we want to do is step back... Continue Reading →
You sit down and place your manuscript on the table. Behind you, fellow writers line up for their upcoming critiques, but, for this moment, you have the agent's attention all to yourself. After all, this is why you attended this writer's conference: to sign the book deal that will launch your career. The agent reaches... Continue Reading →
Remember--- behind the illusion of overnight success are years of struggle and failure. One doesn't reach their dreams by simply wishing.
Whether you're at a family visit or a party with friends, keep a notebook on hand. You never know when someone's off-the-wall statements may inspire an idea.
"Write like a child?" you complain. "Are you out of your mind? The stories I wrote as a kid are utter trash!" I'm not talking about grammar or sentence structure or (goodness knows) thin plots that riddled our infantile writings. I'm talking about the wonder. The ability to lose yourself in a fictional world. Set yourself free. And... Continue Reading →
You spot a bookstore on your way to the grocery store. You... (A) Scout out the place and decide to return later when you have more time to browse (B) Drive on. You don't need more books, anyway (C) Spend all your grocery money on books (D) Apply for a new credit card so you... Continue Reading →
You paint me larger than life. Who is the reader supposed to fear? ME. Who has the power to change the outcome of a book? ME. I'm the most powerful character in the book. Listen to me roar. 2. Free publicity. You generally set up the stage before I make my appearance. The reader knows... Continue Reading →
You are writing the perfect story. You know the characters inside and out, you've established their world, you've even developed the story's ending. But your characters have stopped speaking to you. You turn to desperate tactics, writing all hours of the night, spending every waking hour wrestling with your book. When in reality you need... Continue Reading →