At AWP, I went to a panel that spoke about how writers used pop culture in their published work. They'd write as if they were the characters themselves or at least in that fictional universe. Some were fun and silly, but it was also a way for them to develop and understand their feelings towards … Continue reading Using pop culture as a writing release
The storm lit up the clouds. The dark blue sky turned into a musky light gray. Lightning strikes reached from the left to the right like tree branches. But then another strike would grow out smaller, barely reaching out, after that big moment. That last strike is me. Copyright © Robin LeeAnn
As a writer, I don't like looking back on my old writings. Something that seemed like wonders when I wrote it could feel like trash when I go back and read it. It's almost like a self-hate for my past self even though I know I wasn't as experienced then. A part of me believes … Continue reading Biggest writer worry
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?
I'll let you in on a secret: You’re going to be someone’s favorite author one day. One of your characters will be someone’s favorite character. Someone’s going to debate the best way to cosplay as one of your characters. Someone’s going to quote you. Someone will have a tattoo of your words. Someone’s going to … Continue reading Writer motivation
You got one chance and you can't throw away your shot. Everyone's watching the stage. It doesn't matter if it's a song, movie, play, or novel, a first impression needs to be top notch. If you don't catch the audience's attention in the first few minutes, you might not at all. There's a couple of … Continue reading First book impressions matter