Writing in Motion Rising early to begin the journey I’d set before myself, I opened my Word program and gazed at the blank page. The cursor blinked sympathetically. What will I do with my writing this year? I’d only had one goal and that was to write, but how would I get from saying I would write to actually doing it? I needed a plan. Plan number one, no more procrastination. No more pulling wallpaper off the bathroom walls, sorting the fingernail polish on the vanity, improving my grammar, or toying with a burning desire to see Mt. Vernon (which
So– this week I was so fortunate as to be able to meet face-to-face with my target market. Teens. Lots of them. And I learned a boatload of very necessary information from them to succeed as a YA author. Wanna hear what I learned? First off let me say thank you to my connection to these kids, Ms. Sarah Jacobs, 10th grade English teacher at Noxubee County High School in Macon MS. (also a great big thank you to Dr. Thomas, and her staff, for their wonderful warm welcome and the freedom to be a part of the mighty Tigers
Recently, I had the privilege of speaking with someone who is an authentic reader. What I mean by that is, she reads both paper and electronic-she reads in all sorts of genres(paranormal and fantasy being her favs, I think) and she reads A LOT. When I sat down with her recently to pick her brain about what readers are looking at when they buy books these days, I think you will be interested to hear what she said. I am listing the sorts of questions I asked and what her answers were sort of paraphrased. I wasn’t trying to interview
How much research should go into a historical romance or novel? How much to include of all the hours you have poured over books and visited museums getting information? How much do you need to put in for your book to strike an authentic note? Only as much as you need on a bare basis. Yes, really. Research is done for the author, not the reader. If you include a few items of authentic historical accuracy, you will make them happy. If you include every nuance of every detail you learned while researching the book, you will make them stop
I am in Christmas mode over here and writing and posting are taking a back seat…but I did find this on a search on Amazon then digging into the author’s site…wow. He has an awesome book trailer! if this doesn’t make you want to read the book NOTHING WILL! The author is Ransom Riggs and the book is Mrs. Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Check it out!!