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 →
Hi, Jamie! Thank you for joining us today! How long have you been writing? What inspired your quest to become a writer? I've only been writing since 2011, but I've been dreaming up other worlds since high school... and storytelling, since I apparently won the "Storytelling" award in second grade. (I'm not sure if that... 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 →
Be your turtle self. When I first started writing, so much about the author world intimidated me because I was constantly comparing. . . . Embrace your weaknesses and strengths so you can focus on your goals.
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 →
My favorite thing is the adrenaline rush that comes from writing a powerful scene, when it's flowing from my fingertips and mind like water and I don't even know what I'm doing, but the story is unstoppable!
You control destinies by your pen. You summon adventure and love and death. You are the ruler of worlds that readers can only dream of. You, my friend, are a writer. Books offer escape and vision, and you are the one who opens the portal. You show them the path out of the real world... Continue Reading →
Hi, Beckie! Thank you for joining us today. How long have you been writing? I have been writing since I was very young. I started with writing songs and poems. We moved a lot when I was growing up (over 20 times). My friends were in the books I'd read and the stories I would... Continue Reading →
Do you ever feel like other writers hold the key to success? We listen to them describe how their curiosity and creativity accompany them through every waking moment, how their stories never cease to flow through them, how many awards they've won. We listen. And we grow weak with jealousy. "How can they already be... Continue Reading →