Writer's Corner: Tips for writers
Writing is a heart-pumping, nerve-knotting, adrenaline rush. From the moment that first kernel of a story idea presents itself, my brain is in high gear, and when the idea takes shape and I see it clearer--like a movie in my head--I'm in writer heaven.
As the first words flow from my brain through my fingers and onto the page, I'm on fast-forward, I can't sleep, I can't eat, (okay, scratch that...I can always eat) and I can't stop writing until I get the story down in its most primitive form. Then I can breathe. Then I can write. Really write. I can't imagine there's any high more powerful than the one I get when I see my story and my characters spring to life on the page.
Writing is also hard work! No question about it.
Even though I have a degree in journalism, most of what I know about creative writing I learned from other writers, writer's groups, and from my wonderful editors. The rest comes from hard work, writing and rewriting nearly 20 novels, 14 of which have been published by Harlequin Enterprises. And what I've learned after many years honing my craft is that there is no one right way...there are no absolutes...and no such thing as perfection. Writers must continue to learn and grow...and challenge ourselves, no matter how many books we have published.
"How to Write a Novel" is one of my favorite topics, one I talk about all the time with fellow writers and in my writing classes. It's one I've written about in various venues since I was first published. Many writers shared and helped me along the way, and I'd like to do the same by sharing some of the articles I've written with you.
To read the articles, just click on the titles below.
The Secret to Compelling Fiction
The Monster Under the Bed: Setting the Scene
Tips for Creating Fictional Heroes
Ten Tips for Writing Horror Stories
The Critical First Three Pages
This page will always be a work in progress since I'll be adding more articles as I have time. Be sure to stop by often to see what's new.