Remembering back to 2001 when my first book was about to launch and how much I was flying by the seat of my pants. Twelve years later, eleven books... I often still feel just as clueless.
But here are some of the things I've learned.
I’ve learned that...
- My first instinct isn’t always my best idea.
- I hate to write, I love having written.
- Readers don’t have to be spoon fed; write the badda-bing but let the reader discover the badda-boom.
- There’s no one way to get the book written.
- No one (except other writers) wants to hear writers complain.
- Suspense and surprise can be mutually exclusive; sometimes you have to pick.
- There are two kinds of days: the "everything’s great" day and "it’s all a piece of sh-t" day, and neither one is accurate
- Conflict makes dialogue more interesting, but a character who’s constantly arguing gets old fast.
- Complexity can grow out of clashing cliches
- You can triangulate from your own experience to find emotion in a situation you've never experienced.
- The book won't write itself.
What are your epiphanies from writing and reading?