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 →
It usually goes like this: Friend: "So. How are the edits coming along?" Me [grins sheepishly]: "I'm working on another book." Friend: "A SECOND book?" Me: "Well...and another one after that." *long, guilty silence* Me [mumbles]: "I'm writing four books, OK? That's it." Friend: *brings straitjacket* The past few months have been relentless. I write... Continue Reading →
This morning, I sat down with [insert your protagonist's name] and asked them what really irritated them about their author. Their answer? "I don't think we have enough time for everything, but. . . ." 10. You have all control over my life. I just want a safe, calm, relaxing life--- but noooo. You turn... Continue Reading →
You turn the page in a new notebook or open a Word document with dreams of the story to come. If you're like me, you've been thinking of these characters for months, maybe years, and you think you know them inside out. Nothing to surprise you here. You start writing --- and then the miracle... Continue Reading →