Why do I want to know about their failures?

During author interviews, many people ask about the final product. They ask about where the book idea came from or how the writer became a writer. But I'd rather know more about how the writer failed. Did any characters disappear in later drafts? Did any scenes get cut? If so, which? Why? Were any scenes added? … Continue reading Why do I want to know about their failures?

A writer’s inner fight

There are deadlines for my deadlines Should I set another one? Print the page out and mark it up Is one word the difference between Acceptance and rejection? A house or a home? A school or a dictatorship? What's the difference between Ninety-nine words and a hundred? Should I edit this another day? The deadline … Continue reading A writer’s inner fight

Healthy reminder:

To be a great writer, someone has to get upset with the writer’s work. Sounds crazy, doesn’t it? But it’s true. Many famous writers, including J. K. Rowling, Ernest Hemingway, and John Green, all have been successful in their careers. But they also made some reviewers angry. One well-known author, Rudyard Kipling, had a review … Continue reading Healthy reminder:

Not acceptable stories

People always say writers can write whatever they want, but I doubt that's true. Some publication companies don't accept "cliché" or "unoriginal" ideas anymore, because it's harder to market just another vampire story now. Which, in turn, lowers the endless possibilities that writers can write about. Some of those outdated story plots include: Vampires Werewolves … Continue reading Not acceptable stories

Joy of Writing

A deadline always stares at you. Or perhaps the goal you set for yourself is already years behind you. Another rejection letter sinks in your trashcan. Or maybe another critic just couldn't make it through your piece without ripping it to shreds. Either way, sometimes it's difficult to remember the joys of writing. Creating something … Continue reading Joy of Writing