I don’t like jokes in speeches. I do like wit and humor. A joke is to humor what pornography is to erotic language in a good novel.
All the words I use in my stories can be found in the dictionary – it’s just a matter of arranging them into the right sentences.
Literature is all, or mostly, about sex.
How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.
Henry David Thoreau
An interesting interview with Ian McEwan regarding love and writing it successfully in literature. As a romance writer myself I don’t agree with a few of the statements he makes, but can see the point he drives at for the literary fiction section of the bookstore.
Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers.
“I like to write about love.”
A sentiment many romance writers have in common I’m sure. Humbling to think this woman has been published 123 times in novel format.
As promised, today is the first in a series of interviews with some of my fellow writers.
I found the process of talking with them to be delightful and informative – it’s been fascinating listening to all their different views on topics ranging from life, and writing, through to current industry issues and their takes on the changing face of publication.
This week I will be speaking with Maggie Giles, a prolific Canadian writer and Anne Boleyn-ophile, who has been hard at work on a trilogy set in the background of the rather Machiavellian English Tudor courts. Continue reading
You like to write. It’s the single most important quality for someone who wants to be a writer. But not in itself enough.
Stephen King discusses the craft of writing short stories, and why they’re a diminishing genre in his opinion.
There are a lot of snobs out there who disregard these books (romance novels), but they fulfil a need. I am happy and fulfilled in what I am doing and readers love them. And why not? They are harmless and they are fun.
I love the minds at work behind these skits, I really do. Will Comic Sans make it in time?!
…how to become self-published.
Last week we had a look at what it means to be a traditional author; one who publishes through a publishing house that subsequently does most of the work for you. Today we’re going to examine the fascinating world of self-publishing and what it takes to be a good self-publisher.
Before we get started I’m going to add a disclaimer – I am self-published, and proud of that fact.
Talent is a faucet. When it is on, one must write. Inspiration is a farce that poets have invented to give themselves importance.
One of my favorite romance authors, Julia Quinn discusses writing humorous dialogue and how she does it.