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Writing the last page of the first draft is the most enjoyable moment in writing. It's one of the most enjoyable moments in life, period.
I think that enduring, committed love between a married couple, along with raising children, is the most noble act anyone can aspire to. It is not written about very much.
My wife, my family, my friends - they've all taught me things about love and what that emotion really means. In a nutshell, loving someone is about giving, not receiving.
Romance is thinking about your significant other, when you are supposed to be thinking about something else.
Above all, a query letter is a sales pitch and it is the single most important page an unpublished writer will ever write. It's the first impression and will either open the door or close it. It's that important, so don't mess it up. Mine took 17 drafts and two weeks to write.
The first thing I did when I sold my book was buy a new wedding ring for my wife and asked her to marry me all over again.
All characters come from people I know, but after the initial inspiration, I tend to modify the characters so they fit with the story.
Focus in on the genre you want to write, and read books in that genre. A LOT of books by a variety of authors. And read with questions in your mind.
I suppose more than anything, it's the way of life in this part of the country that influences my writing. In Eastern North Carolina, with the exception of Wilmington, most people live in small towns.
I'll admit that it's not easy to get an agent, but becoming successful in anything requires perseverance.
I read over a hundred books a year and have done so since I was fifteen years old, and every book I've read has taught me something.
Publishing is a business. Writing may be art, but publishing, when all is said and done, comes down to dollars.
I think that men know how to romance a woman and most do it well, at least for a time, otherwise women wouldn't marry them. The problem is that most of them begin to rest on their laurels.Previous 1 2 Next