Hemingway also made the statement that, "There is nothing to writing. All you do all you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed." Leave to good ol' Papa Hemingway to be his dramatic best, but he has a point. We bleed creativity.
Because I'm also a writer, I've been on book tours, and know all-too-well how difficult it is to sound "fresh" when asked the same question a hundred times. And as a voracious reader, I want to sink my teeth into something more than fluff about an author.
Thirty-one books later, Jenkins is known for introducing readers to little known histories of African-Americans in the 19th century, amid tales of complicated and strong heroines and the men who they grow to love.
Monique Antonette Lewis is the founder of At The Inkwell, a New York City-based supporter of published writers through feature articles, book reviews and readings.
Basing certain traits on an actual person, living or dead, is one thing but the question most authors of fiction get asked by readers is, "Is the main character in your stories anything at all like you?"
In honor of those real-life female figures in your own lives, why don't you consider picking up a book featuring a rich and inspiring mother figure?
Some were bad ideas, some were executed terribly, some didn't even get out of my head, and some of those that did were only partially implemented.
Kathryn Craft is the author of The Art of Falling and the new release, ...
I don't want audience members to walk away feeling like they just received the hard sell. I don't want them to understand the plot or characters of my book better. I want them to know me better as a person, and with some luck, they will want to know even more.
Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest, SlideShare... Whew! I'm not sure about you, but I've got more social media platform options at my fingertips than I can handle.
Lars Norén is widely regarded as the greatest contemporary Swedish playwright. We paid him an exclusive visit at his apartment in Stockholm to hear...
Today I received another rejection from an agent. Another beating. Unlike previous form letters that felt impersonal, this one was bittersweet because I received it two weeks after the agent requested the full proposal.
Becoming an author is a bit like becoming an acrobat. Few people know how to go about either; fewer bother to attempt, and fewer still succeed. There is no single "correct" path to getting a book published. Every author, every book and every career is different.
Writing, like any profession, is a road forked with unexpected turns and sudden drops and stops. On occasion, when you reach what you expect is the successful end, you discover abruptly that the princess is in another castle.
Imagine that you are the author of one of the most successful franchises of children's books in publishing history: To date, nine books and three movies, and more to follow. You're happily married, raising your kids in a small New England town. So what do you do next with your life?
I really believe we're all meant to live our passion with peace, understanding, and wonder, and share our experiences in every way possible that touch another's heart and lights their eyes. And, these profound waves of technology run smoothly through our storms of life and impact us all to make it happen.