Stop aspiring and start writing. The only thing keeping you from writing is you. Once you commit to writing, you'll get better and better.
Hi, Ralene! Thank you for joining us today! How long have you been writing? What inspired your quest to become a writer? I've always been writing, even when I was little. I had a short essay on Martin Luther King Jr. published in a city-wide magazine in the 3rd grade. In 2005, a conversation with the... Continue Reading →
Sometime last year, I sent the rough draft for Book Three in Quinn's series to a friend of mine who doesn't like to read. Being a rough draft, the story was full of all kinds of errors and unfinished side plots. But my friend read the entire manuscript (WAY over 100,000 words) in under 24 hours.
When I close my eyes, my characters seem to open their mouths and yell things at me about the scene I'm working on.
I closed my eyes and the blue glow of my laptop screen blinked through the darkness. I could hear nothing but the erratic beat of my heart. The story inside me was silent. Dead. I whispered my characters' names, seeking the connection that had been present only days before. For hours I'd searched for a way... Continue Reading →
Love the process of writing a story more than the idea of being a writer. If we love the process, writing will always be a blessing even in the tough times of critique, rejection, and waiting. But if we only love the idea of writing, then we are more likely to burn out and give up.
You know the feeling. You pick up a novel that promises to transport you into another world and another time, but instead it is a weak imitation of the modern world. The characters spout modern slang, strut around with modern mindset and attitude. But, hey, their clothes. They're different. And, say, have you noticed the date? A.D. 300. Surprise!... Continue Reading →
Don't fall into the trap of writing to be famous. To make money. To gain esteem. Write to release the story within you.
I do something called the Rule of Ten. For every major scene, I come up with ten different ways the scene could play out. Then I take the most unique, the most authentic, and the most gripping option and proceed to the next major scene. Wash, rinse, and repeat until the end.