Writing is an often isolating endeavor, so opening a day, I have learned over the years, with a post on some issue that grabbed my attention, helps me clear my head and get going.
What nationality would you be if you could not be what you are? Do you ever *think* you’d like to be someone else, and from somewhere else?
I have lived here in England for nearly two decades. There are still times I don’t understand a “Britishism” tossed at me in conversation. Or my English Mrs. will warn me if I have just said something not normally heard here: “You’re speaking American.”
Who says “romantic” historical novels can’t teach us something?
If you fear what you create for the public will be critiqued, I suggest it would be best if you did not create anything for the public.
Macmillan grumbled that life had lost a huge joy if one is unable to read. Whenever I have those moments, I understand that feeling. It’s truly awful – an isolating and even lonely feeling – being unable to enjoy a book.
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.
If I think back here to where I was at age 20 (then, I was living in Fairbanks, Alaska), and then at 30 (I was in Paris), and then at 40 (I was married by then and here in London), and, uh, well, you get the idea…
I feel it’s invaluable and even necessary as writers to “use” what we know. You may think what you experience is “uninteresting,” but to others out there unfamiliar with, for example, places about which you write, it may prove an eye-opener.
I find that early period in our history to be truly remarkable. I think it also makes for some pretty good romance/historical novel material, too…
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.
Post-9/11, I’d not really wanted ever to go back. I avoided the area in the years since 2001. But – with our visiting British friends here – finally I felt it was time.
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.
My bottom line is what you as a reader who has purchased one or more of my books do after having done so is ENTIRELY your business.