Kenny Rogers: “What do you think about when you hit all those soulful notes?”
Ray Charles: “If you have to think about it, it�s wrong.”
– heard on Crossroads
2 years, 6 months, and 18 days ago, I sold my first book, Tiger Eye.
In 2007 I will be turning in five books, and one novella. That number could increase. That also does not include any of the proposals I want to write. Thank goodness I do this full time. And no, the amount of work does not daunt me in the slightest. I feel good about it, excited. I’ve got stories to tell.
Jenny Cruisie and Bob Mayer have begun a new blog—or rather, a continuation of the old one, except with more structure. This week is the One Sentence Idea: Your original idea can be anything: character; a situation; a setting; a premise; a theme; a �what if?�. When you write out your idea (and you MUST write it out because we�re writers and what�s in your head doesn�t count, only what you�ve written) you will see very quickly what kind of idea you have and the focus.
Tess Gerritsen’s last couple blog entries have been really interesting, especially her post, One Book Is Not A Career, in which she says: Write consistently good books. This may be the hardest thing of all. And let�s be realistic � no one can write a great book every single time. Every author is allowed a few dogs here and there, especially when he�s also trying to stick to a schedule of a book a year. Writing a great first book is easy, because you have all the time and leisure to perfect it. But try keeping that same level of quality when you�re on book nine or ten. Readers will forgive you one or two stumbles, but three disappointing reads is about all the chances they�ll give you.
Here’s a gem from Alison Kent.
And a link to a Charlie Rose interview with Guillermo Del Toro, Alfonso Cuaron and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. So much fun. I especially love this statement from Del Toro: “The sign of a true friendship is when you forgive success.”