The authors of the stories in Crazy Little Spring Called Love (order here) sat down to answer some questions for their readers. For links to the full list of interview questions, teasers, and more, visit the blog tour page.
What’s your best advice about Writing?
First, read. As much as you can of whatever you can. Don’t stick to just your genre. Sometimes the best tricks and tips come from completely different styles to what you write. Second, write from the heart, meaning write what you love to read, not what the current hot story type is or what you think will make you a lot of money. If you do sell your book, do you want to spend years writing a type of story you hate? Nope. And third, be patient and adaptable. Nothing in publishing happens overnight and slow and steady always wins the race in the end. If you want writing to be a career and not a one-book wonder, be willing to try new things and new opportunities. Finally, stay positive. You never know where your next big break will come from.
Like me, you may have many obstacles in life that like to steal your writing time and your energy–don’t give up. Writing may not happen as fast as you’d like, but keep carving out those precious moments. Also, don’t think you have to write a 100K novel. I’m enjoying doing shorter works–novellas and short stories–that enable me to finish a project and move on to another. Until you can create more balance between life issues and your writing career, consider writing shorter pieces.
Write when it feels right. Trying to force the words will only get you frustrated and a word document/notebook filled with junk. If there’s a day where the flow isn’t working, take that day off. Tomorrow will be there.
Take all writing advice with a heaping handful of salt, but keep trying out the things other people advise. Your writing process is different from everyone else’s (and might be different for each project!), and the important thing is finding out what works for you to keep getting words on the page. Also, don’t give up! This is not an easy thing to do. You will want to quit. Don’t.
Go do it.
Stop reading about it and go write. Don’t talk about the idea, go write. Don’t plan out the idea, go write. Get your butt in a chair and finish writing the idea. Work out the kinks later.
Read everything you can in all genres, then stick your rear in a chair and do it. You can fix a bad write, but you cannot fix nothing.
Keep writing, even when the excitement wears off. Keep writing no matter what. Take time off if you have to, but never give it up.