Simply having a story to tell is not enough.
My advice to any new writer is this: Spend your time 1) writing your books and 2) “connecting” with your readers who have chosen to “connect” with you. (“I wanted you to know I’ve read your book!”)
How about a show of hands. How many of you have ever written a serious love letter? Or – to be all 21st century-ish – how many of you have perhaps written even a love email or other similar electronic message? And by the latter I mean composing complete, carefully crafted, thoughtful sentences: texting emojis doesn’t count!😂
Nothing scares me as an author more than writing two things: sex and violence. And I was writing a bit of both yesterday. So I was a mess…
Who says “romantic” historical novels can’t teach us something?
Fear not, we can at least still fire off an enraged tweet or concoct a cutting Instagram meme: that’ll make the bastard tremble at his keyboard, no doubt.
I admit I resisted sharing a third post in but three days, but in the end I thought ’tis acceptable. I hope to-day sees you well.
Here’s one for the Department of “If You Think No One Is Paying Attention, You’re Wrong.”
I don’t want to think about “tech,” I’m trying to write books. But I will say…
If we think our life has no consequences, we are absolutely wrong. It has more consequences to more people than we realize.
As a writer, one tends to think ahead too. I find now that I am getting on with the new book, appearing in the back of my mind is what happens after it.
“Over there,” a tour guide announces, “is the famous painting of the signing of the 1776 Declaration of Independence from Great Britain. Next to it, you see a magnificent painting of the British surrender at Saratoga, New York. There’s George Washington, who defeated the British…”
That is the sort of thing that comes from my approach to each day: “So, friends, what are we going to do today?” I consider what might be “happening” with “them.” And then I may just run with whatever comes to my mind.
I found myself reflecting on it. Your genre, I feel, is irrelevant. After all, if you don’t write “from your soul,” from where are you writing?
I believe we seek in the past not only what happened then, but are looking for answers to dilemmas of our present: How did they handle similar problems?