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, amazon.com, 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: http://www.nancyholder.com/
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 beach...do 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.