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Source: Novel Journey: Author Interview ~ Terry Brennan.

Writing is a lot like life. Enjoy the journey. And let God handle the details.

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Source: Novel Journey: Interview with Tim Maleeny.

The ideas that can drive a story immediately lead to questions. What happens next? Why did she do that? Who killed him? What would you do under similar circumstances? If a premise doesn’t lead to an endless series of questions, it won’t sustain a novel-length story.

Practical advice.

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Source: Novel Journey: Interview with Tim Maleeny.

Writers are constantly learning and seem interested in everything, no matter how trivial or obscure. They are sponges, soaking up information that will one day be regurgitated in some other form, little bits of detail or trivia that define a place, a character or a plot.

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Source: Novel Journey: Interview with Tim Maleeny.

I think writers grow up as readers — passionate readers who get lost in books in a way that casual readers don’t. At some point a subset of those readers decide they have a story inside them, and then it becomes a question of stamina and commitment. And long hours in front of a keyboard for many, many years. So I guess I’d have to say a writer is made at that moment when a reader decides there’s a great story waiting to be read, only this time they have to write the story first. That’s what writing is…telling yourself a story.

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Thanks to my extreme good fortune selling books, I’ve gotten a clear picture of what writer’s block means to me. First of all, I never sit at the keyboard and stare at the screen unsure of what to write. If I find myself doing that, I walk away.

This tells me that I’ve either put something in the wrong spot in the story, or I don’t know my characters well enough. I’ll go someplace quiet, maybe take a drive or sit on the beach, where I can think. Thankfully, the answer always comes to me and I can start writing again.

What good advice.

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