RWW 7/14/14

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Welcome to Blog Hop.  If you like to read romance novels of all genres, join the writers of Romance Weekly as we go behind the scenes of our books and tell all…about our writing. Each week we answer the same questions. Once you’ve read my blog, the link below will direct you to the next writer’s blog. Tell your friends about us and please ask questions or make comments. We’d love to hear from you.

cupidIf you’ve landed here from Ronnie Allen’s Blog–  Welcome.  Ronnie has a PhD in Parapsychic Sciences –mix in a little romance and who wouldn’t love to while away the hours reading her novel Gemini. 

Thanks to the awesome Jo Richardson for today’s stimulating questions. Jo Richardson

 

1. How often do you write?

I usually write five to six days a week. Early on I committed to this endeavor, and follow the same work ethics in writing as I did in our family business. Some say publishing has more to do with luck than skill. The right subject– the right time, and perhaps that’s true.

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In his book, Stephen King On Writing, Mr. King says he could write a grocery list and it’d be a best seller. That may be true today, but he had over 300 rejections before he sold his first novel, Carrie. 

That’s 300 rejections before he tasted success in his chosen field. The last time I counted he had 49 best sellers–  he’s a stubborn man who’s earned his stellar career. In that same book  he says his daily word count goal is 2000, and recommends all serious writers aspire to the same work ethic.

Other successful authors often discuss the number of hours a day they write. Janet Evanovich begins her day at five o’clock each morning, and says she puts in an eight-hour writing day before tending to her business calls with agents, publishers, email, and the like. That would make for a long day. Interesting that lucky and successful people seem to work the hardest.

2. Do you think it’s important to your craft to write as much as you can, and as often as you can?

I can’t speak for anyone else, but for me I need to write at least six days a week. When life gets in the way and I take too many days away from writing, my rhythm is off.confused-woman

When I’m writing my head is in my story. Even after I finish at my desk and move on to cooking, gardening, and showering, I’m plotting the next day’s scene. I stare off into space and talk to myself a lot.

 

 

 

3. What is your opinion on the saying “if you don’t write every day, you’re not a writer”?

stock-vector-a-multitasking-woman-secretary-who-is-typing-answering-the-phone-and-watering-a-cactus-30259135If you have the mental strength to say to the world you are a writer, in my opinion you are a writer.

Many successful writers worked full-time jobs while writing their first novel– John Grisham comes to mind. I remember reading an article that quoted him saying that while writing A Time to Kill, his goal was to write one page a day. As a practicing attorney I bet he missed a few days hitting his quota. Who among us would say Mr. Grisham wasn’t a writer during that period of time? Not I.

Dani Jace - white doe

 

Follow me to the enchanting world of Dani Jace, author of White Doe, for another take on these same questions.

http://danijace.com/

 

 

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16 thoughts on “RWW 7/14/14

  1. Love your post – I know what you mean about always having your story in your head – the other day I had to pull over and jot down an idea about a problem I saw in my WIP before it left me!

  2. This is how I know a writer – when they are constantly coming up with new ideas no matter where they are in the process of their current WIP. LOL Loved the answers

  3. My head is always in one of my works. I’ve often offended people because they believe I’m mad, when in reality I am still working a scene in my mind 🙂 Great answers!!!

    • I know, love the shower. Wish there was a waterproof writing board so we could jot down notes. Elusive ideas are so frustrating. Sitting on the edge of my mind, pecking away, something, but not quite clear. Especially those that wake me in the middle of the night when I roll over and don’t put them on paper because I’m positive I’ll remember, only to wake the next morning and…poof, they’re gone.

  4. I loved Stephen King on Writing, an excellent book. I find when I’m in a slump books such as his can be so inspirational. They give me the motivation to carry on and get that 2000 word count in for the day.

    • King can get “way out” there for me and I’m a huge fan of his earlier works. But loved his writing book and advice. No doubt an amazing prolific writer. As you can see by how often I quote him, he’s my writing hero!

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