Love the process of writing a story more than the idea of being a writer. If we love the process, writing will always be a blessing even in the tough times of critique, rejection, and waiting. But if we only love the idea of writing, then we are more likely to burn out and give up.
You know the feeling. You pick up a novel that promises to transport you into another world and another time, but instead it is a weak imitation of the modern world. The characters spout modern slang, strut around with modern mindset and attitude. But, hey, their clothes. They're different. And, say, have you noticed the date? A.D. 300. Surprise!... Continue Reading →
Don't fall into the trap of writing to be famous. To make money. To gain esteem. Write to release the story within you.
I do something called the Rule of Ten. For every major scene, I come up with ten different ways the scene could play out. Then I take the most unique, the most authentic, and the most gripping option and proceed to the next major scene. Wash, rinse, and repeat until the end.