Saturday, September 19, 2020
Thursday, September 17, 2020
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Whenever you write, whatever you write, never make the mistake of assuming the audience is any less intelligent than you are.
Don’t get it right, just get it written.
Writers feel the grammar rather than knowing it. This comes from good reading. If you read enough, the grammar will come.
Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.
I'm a writer and, therefore, automatically a suspicious character.
If a writer stops observing he is finished. Experience is communicated by small details intimately observed.
The gift of words is the gift of deception and illusion.
Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it's the only way you can do anything good.
Monday, September 14, 2020
Saturday, September 12, 2020
Thursday, September 10, 2020
Wednesday, September 9, 2020
If you are not discourage by your writing on a regular basis, you may not be trying hard enough.
During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.
The best time for planning a book is while doing the dishes.
You must write. It’s not enough to start by thinking. You become a writer by writing.
You can't blame a writer for what the characters say.
Read, read, read. Read everything - trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master.
The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.
We all have time machines, don't we, those that take us back are memories...And those that carry us forward are dreams.
Sunday, September 6, 2020
Wednesday, September 2, 2020
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Bailey not included!
― Ronald Reagan
Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.
--Henry David Thoreau
I would challenge you to a battle of wits, but I see you are unarmed.
I think it’s terribly dangerous for an artist to fulfill other people’s expectations.
Perhaps I write for no one. Perhaps for the same person children are writing for when they scrawl their names in the snow.
I’m writing a first draft and reminding myself that I’m simply shoveling sand into a box so that later I can build castles.
No true artist will tolerate for one minute the world as it is.
Monday, August 31, 2020
Saturday, August 29, 2020
Lots of good stuff happening this week:
- Shadows of the Sentinel is now on sale!
- Still Falling is on super-sale for $0.99
- The Solstice 31 Saga, 36-hour Audio edition is available for one Audible Credit!
- Piper's Run, the short story is a free 25-minute short story!
Friday, August 28, 2020
Wednesday, August 26, 2020
Tuesday, August 25, 2020
Saturday, August 22, 2020
Friday, August 21, 2020
Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Tuesday, August 18, 2020
Friday, August 14, 2020
Tell me about yourself, Kelly.
I'm originally from Texas, but now I live in Florida. Dodging hurricanes--fun stuff. I am the author of the Chronicles of Lorrek series, which is a blend of fantasy and science fiction. I'm married to an EMT, and he has proven a wonderful resource when I need to injure or kill a character, but he tries his best to save as many characters as possible.
Tell me about your current Book:
I just released the last book in the Chronicles of Lorrek series titled, 'This Ends Now'. Everything that has been building up in the last eight books all comes to a head now, and sorcerer Prince Lorrek has many difficult decisions to make as he tries to fend off invaders of his homeworld.
When his actions inadvertently results in his homeworld being invaded and taken over, Sorcerer Prince Lorrek must learn to embrace the darkness within himself, or else he will lose everything and everyone he knows and loves.
What are you working on now?
Currently, I am working on the second book in the series the immediately follows the Chronicles of Lorrek.
Tell us something that people don't generally know about you:
I am legally blind in my right eye.
What is a favorite lesson you have learned about the business of writing?
Hmm, favorite lesson...good question. As a rule, I don't do favorites, so it's hard to say. I guess basically it is that the writing community is very supportive and encouraging of one another, and that is very nice.
What is the best piece of writing advice you give to new authors?
My advice is more like a reminder--there are no rules for writing. One person may say that they must do this or that, and someone else will say to do something quite the contrary. The truth is, you can do whatever you want. Sure, grammar and spelling rules are important, but other than that, have fun and figure out what works best for you because what works for someone else may not work for you. You need to figure out what works best for you and your own writing style.
Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Right now I am reviewing auditions for the project. I really enjoy this phase. To hear my book come alive through a professional performance makes it more real.
It also helps to know that audio editions of the books are great sources of income!
Monday, August 10, 2020
Friday, August 7, 2020
Wednesday, August 5, 2020
Tuesday, August 4, 2020
Monday, August 3, 2020
Wednesday, July 22, 2020
A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children isn't a good children's story in the slightest.
Fairy tales are more than true not because they tell us that dragons exist but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.
—G. K. Chesterton
The greatest part of a writer’s time is spent in reading. In order to write; a man will have to turn over half a library to make one book.
If a nation loses its storytellers, it loses its childhood.
Any word you have to hunt for in a thesaurus is the wrong word. There are no exceptions to this rule.
If you feel safe in the area you’re working in, you’re not working in the right area.
The beautiful part of writing is that you don't have to get it right the first time, unlike, say, a brain surgeon.
Sometimes the most beautiful note, is the silence between the notes.
I don't try to guess what a million people will like. It's hard enough to know what I like.
When you write—explode—fly apart – disintegrate! Then give time enough to think, cut, rework, and rewrite.
Monday, July 20, 2020
Sunday, July 19, 2020
Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Talent is extremely common. What is rare is the willingness to endure the life of the writer.
Let the readers do some of the work themselves.
Everybody is a Genius. But If You Judge a Fish by Its Ability to Climb a Tree, It Will Live Its Whole Life Believing that It is Stupid.
Friday, July 10, 2020
Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Whatever you’re meant to do, do it now. The conditions are always impossible.
My advice is not to wait to be struck by an idea. If you’re a writer, you sit down and damn well decide to have an idea.
Whatever you describe to another person is also a revelation of who you are and who you think you are. You cannot describe anything without betraying your point of view, your aspirations, your fears, your hopes. Everything.
Never treat your audience as customers, always as partners.
If your book doesn't keep you up nights writing it, it won't keep anyone up nights reading it.
—James A. Michener
I write only when inspirations strikes. Fortunately it strikes every morning at nine o'clock sharp.
—W. Somerset Maugham
We who tell stories should be modest about the job, and not assume that because the reader is interested in the story, they’re interested in who’s telling it. A storyteller should be invisible, as far as I’m concerned.