Leigh Michaels on romance . . .

“….romance is far more satisfying when the
power between the characters is like a teeter-totter
—sometimes she’s on the high end, sometimes he
is, but the reader doesn’t know from minute to
minute who’s going to have the upper hand.”

-Leigh Michaels in an article
in Writer’s Digest, May/June 2009

Writer’s Quote for today

“Writing is a discipline, much like playing a musical
instrument; it requires constant practice and honing of skills.”

-Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code

Eric M Witchery on agendas …

“…at any given moment in a story, every character is working
on at least three agendas—three levels of desire: An overall agenda,
which tends to consist of broad hopes—life goals. A scene agenda,
which is the result a character hopes to achieve in a scene. A
compulsive agenda, which is a deeper, hidden need.”

-Eric M. Witchey in an article in The Writer, September 2007

Today’s Quote

Here is a test to find whether your mission on earth is finished: If you’re alive it isn’t.
by Richard Bach (Illusions)

Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there.
by Will Rogers

A Question from a blog comment

I received this question the other day and thought everyone would like to read it and my reply:
“This topic is quite hot on the Internet at the moment. What do you pay the most attention to when choosing what to write about?”

Hmmm..I dont think I choose what I will write about, I think that my topics choose me! Or rather, they seem to jump out at me when I sit down to type. For some people choosing what to write can cause them to be blocked. There are so many topics and plots and story lines to choose from. How could I possibly pick just one! I don’t; I write about whatever strikes me at the moment. The thing is to learn enough discipline to finish a project once started. If I am not careful, I can bounce around from project to project and never complete one. Its a struggle! lol. For instance, I currently have 5 different stories in different stages of completion, from being in the plotting stage to being 2/3rds of the way fininshed. I guess the most important thing is to figure out a way of working that suits you and then the ideas will flow!

Quote of the day!

“I didn’t write my first word until I was 35 years old.
I wasted about 10 years before that, when the little
voice in my head was screaming for me to write.
All writers have a little voice their head that drives
them forward. Listen to it.”

-Steve Berry in an article
in Writer’s Digest, May/June 2009