Thursday, October 20, 2011

Are you comitted?

I had the privilege of hearing Nancy Holder speak at Yosemite Romance Writers this past week.  Nancy's work has appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, LA Times,, LOCUS, and other bestseller lists.  She is a four-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award from the Horror Writers Assoc....and it goes on and on.

She and co-author Debbie Viguie' wrote the bestselling series WICKED for Simon and Schuster...and that is just the tip of the iceberg.  Check out her web site:

At the YRW meeting, Nancy spoke of what it takes to be a writer...really be a writer.  Be committed and make time to write.  Haven't we heard that before?  But she says we must immerse ourselves in what we're writing and stick to it.  Feel the passion in our story, harness that passion to create emotion in our writing.   If you find yourself in a "writer's block", spend at least two hours alone; go for a walk, take a trip to the something that will allow you to "recharge."  She says successful writing takes working 10,000 hours or more on your craft.  And, she said something that helps her to get into the "groove" of what she's writing, is listing to music that she's specifically organized for the particular story she's working on.  Each time she sits down to work, she plays the music that inspires her to write in that venue.

Her words of wisdom: The more you work as a writer, the more you know what needs to get done.

I hope you'll find this post inspiring to your writing. And as I always say,
Keep Writing, ya'all.
Sunny Marie

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Did you know?

   According to a British television documentary aired in Dec. 2005, scientist from three leading universities studied 80 of the famed Agatha Christie's works and discovered she used words that invoked chemical responses in the brains of her readers.
   The study called The Agatha Project, involved loading Christie's novels into a computer and analyzing her words, phrases and sentences.  The scientist concluded that her phrases trigger a pleasure response.  This causes people to seek out her books again and again, almost like an addiction.
   The study found that common phrases used by Christie act as a trigger to raise levels of serotonin and endorphins, the chemical messengers in the brain that induce pleasure.
   Apparently Agatha Christie used Hypnotic Writing to make her books--as one scientist said--unputdownable!
   It sure worked for her.  Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie (1890-1976) is possibly the world's best-known mystery writer.  The Guinness Book of Records lists her as the best-selling fiction author of all time with over two billion copies in print in the English language.
   The study went on to report the following about Agatha's writings: Favorite words or phrases, repeatedly used in a "mesmerizing" way, help stimulate the pleasure-inducing side of the brain.  They include: she, yes, girl, kind, smiled, and suddenly.
   This excerpt was taken form Hypnotic Writing by Joe Vitale

Who would have ever thought such tiny words could play such a large role in getting and keeping a reader base.   It work very well for Agatha, wouldn't you agree?

Until next time, keep writing ya'all,
Sunny Marie