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