“There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately no one knows what they are.” – W. Somerset Maugham I know what they are: Put your ass in a chair. Write. Repeat often!
The first library I remember was the library inside Washington Elementary School in Mundelein, Illinois. Each week, I looked forward to walking down the hall and to the library, where I could check out anything I wanted. Some of my favorites: A series about different animals. It was fiction about wild animals (I can’t remember […]
I never thought I’d be a writer. I always thought I’d be a biologist. While I always loved reading and making up stories, I thought my adult years would find me studying bears or wolves as a wildlife biologist. I remember the moment I decided that’s what I’d be: my father and I were watching […]
A $100,000 book advance sounds nice, doesn’t it? That sounds like enough money to quit your day job, spend a few hours writing each day, and then using the remainder of your time talking about creative things — with creative friends — over coffee or tea the rest of the day. Right? Wrong… I recently […]
Granted, he works with a couple co-authors, but even still–17 books in 3 years is a lot of work, even for a fulltime writer like James Patterson.
When I was twelve, I went into my backyard and taught myself how to juggle. It wasn’t something I’d thought about doing — I was bored and needed something to do. The only jugglers I remember seeing: Steve Martin A clown at a third-rate circus A guy at a Renaissance festival I didn’t have the […]