I don’t like giving advice to writers because I don’t necessarily consider myself an expert on anything. When it comes to writing, I kind of feel just as lost as always. But there’s one thing I am good at and that’s meeting deadlines. The number one barrier most authors face is finishing the damn book.
It’s Christine’s turn to start the chain this time around, and she picked a hell of a question. “What is the main character of you current WiP most afraid of and why? Don’t use a previously finished work. This is all about discovering the inner motivations of your current characters – the ones you don’t know all
A couple of posts back, I talked about the US remake of Skins and why it was important. I stand by everything I said, but this morning I watched the first episode of the 5th season of the UK Skins and I want to talk about why the US version sucks and what that has
I’m in the home stretch for the book I’m working on and that means that I’ve gotten to the point where I have to start bribing myself to finish. It’s not that I dislike working on it–I love it like cake–it’s that I’m impatient. I want to be done. I want to move on to
I want to welcome Michelle McLean to the blog. Her first book Homework Helpers: Essays & Term Papers is available now. I got to read some of Michelle’s book and she’s got a wonderfully informative and warm approach that I think is going to be really helpful to anyone struggling with writing assignments or anyone
Before I write about what I’m going to write about, I want to let you all know that tomorrow I’ll be hosting the amazing Michelle McLean on the blog. Her book Homework Helpers: Essays & Term Papers is out now so she’ll be stopping by with a guest post about how to jazz up non-fiction.
There was a bunch of hoopla a week or two ago about book piracy. My initial gut reaction was, “Argh! Stealing is BAD.” I mean, I know a lot of these people that book pirates are stealing from. That’s money out of my friends’ pockets. Bad pirates! BAD!!!! And then I saw another post today
In The Deathday Letter, I know everything. I know what I meant. I know why Ollie acted the way he did. I know where the letters come from. I know everything. And I’m not going to tell you. There’s this story called The Replacements by Lisa Tuttle that I studied in college. Basically it’s about
This is less of a post and more of an open call for discussion. I’m curious how you all handle writing diversity and how you read diversity. I love filling my books with people of all colors and races and sexual orientations and genders. But I hate drawing attention to it. Because people don’t walk
Welcome to the first blog chain of 2011! I’ve been absolutely swamped the past couple of weeks so if I owe you emails or anything like that….sorry So this blog chain was started by Sandra who wants to know: What do you think your strengths and weaknesses as a writer are? Did you have to