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.
I usually don't feel inspired to write. It's partway through that you start thinking, "This is awesome and I'm glad I'm writing today. "
"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 →
Hi, Frank! Thank you for joining us today. How long have you been writing? I started writing with the intent of writing a novel in 2006. What inspired your quest to become a writer? I've always enjoyed writing, storytelling, and the creative process. Somewhere in the early 2000's I felt an "urge" to start writing... 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 →
Hi, Pam! Thank you for joining us today. How long have you been writing? What inspired your quest to become a writer? I think my first finished story was in fourth grade (it was a mystery - the case of the missing skateboard!) but I have always loved reading – adventure, mystery, history, contemporary, whatever I... 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 →