Evaluate your Facebook page

The wonderful people at ShortStack (yes I am a fan) have put together this fab infographic to help you evaluate your Facebook page. Make sure you go to the HubSpot website to download your free pdf guide too.

Whilst most of you probably have a Facebook page, a lot of you may be a bit lost when it comes to how you should be using it. Does it clearly show your author brand? Is it obviously who you are and what you do? 

A lot of people worry about their number of page likes. What they should be concentrating on though is their engagement percentage. It's pointless having thousands of likes if none of them ever see your page. You want to build relationships with fans and interact with them. A lot of likes is just a number. I'd much rather slowly grow an active following organically than be able to boast about a number that has little value.

I hope this infographic will give you some ideas for how to improve your Facebook page.

How did you measure up? Did you tick all 12 points? What other points would you add to this checklist?

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Collision of Worlds for the Historical Novelist

There is little doubt a writer's life is one of uniquely conflicting inhabitances.  And no, I am not simply replucking the string that reverberates trite tales of emotional conflict, alcohol, and shall we say the 'hermititous' of writers. I am talking about the juxtaposed existences within the narrative being created within the manuscript, and the one outside the words (oft referred to as 'reality', but I'll refrain from applying brutish labels). The cavernous division between those two worlds is particularly acute for the historical novelist...or so goes my experience.

When writing contemporary-set fiction, for the toothsome words to begin to flow I must open my laptop, bring up the manuscript, scan a page or two prior to where I left off, alight my cursor...and begin.  But for my historical novels a significant journey must occur first. I must first alight a precarious elevator shaft of time, pull shut the heavy cage door and dial in the year of my destination. What follows can be a nauseating ride to be sure, made worse by the ugsome insecurities I share with all writers, as well as my unique stresses and insomnia-born delusions. But the journey to that far shoal is required. I must comport my mind into a state of coexistence among my characters. I cannot begin to write until I smell their air, feel the silence of their world, touch the raw fabric of their garments, feel their weapons' weights, hear the sound of their illnesses mixed with their laughter.

A requisite tool in the story’s world is a solid road map…and here I mean that literally and figuratively, simultaneously. I must know where the characters and actions are within the geography of their time. This requires me to have those maps at hand, ready for referral while I observe and move within that distant land.  Indeed I have found that if I do not adequately pack punnets for the trip, with references and maps, water and sandwiches, then I risk finding myself writing into a proverbial dead-end, finding the characters staring at me as if I am an unwanted malingerer in their space. To correct my bearings I must return to the elevator shaft, take the uncomfortable trip back to my current life, retrieve the necessary references, and then traverse back again to their world.

The jarring cycle between the worlds creates two major opportunities to collapse my writing for the day. The first is my exposure (in what appears to be the 'here and now') to anything that grabs my attention and forces me to lose focus. This could come in the form of anything as innocuous as making a new cup of coffee, to something as dangerous as deciding that, while here I will read that text I had heard come in while I was away. Allow the distraction to exist for more than a moment and the loose bonds suspended between the worlds will snap, and my characters will be gone.

The other risk I have found from having to take a break from my historical novel’s environment is that upon return, things may have changed. This phenomenon may seem a bit of misology, or even artistic indulgence, but I will wager fellow historical novelists would confirm its existence. Sometimes, and without warning, when I come back to that location, to that moment in time, the characters have moved on without me. What I was certain they had said prior, now no longer makes sense. Where I once observed them heading, now is bricked up or never existed at all. This can be confusing for both them and for me. At its least impact, it requires all the more time for me to settle in and begin writing down my observations there. At its greatest impact, I may return to find that whole conversations, characters, even events that I had once recorded now prove to have never existed.

All novelists cohabitate their daily world and that of their story.  But if you are an historical novelist, pack carefully for each day’s journey, and be ready for those twain worlds to pull at you in ways you may never have expected.

David Marlett is an attorney, artist, and self-trained historian who grew up in a storytelling Texas family. He attended Texas Tech University where he earned multiple degrees in finance, economics and accounting. Subsequently, he earned his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law.

David has created and written stories and screenplays since childhood, and is particularly interested in richly textured history and the drama behind major courtroom battles, such as in his first novel, FORTUNATE SON. His second novel, AMERICAN RED, another historical courtroom drama, is due to be published in late 2014.

He is a serial entrepreneur focused primarily on the arts. (He once owned eight bookstores across the United States.) David currently speaks and lectures at conferences and universities on transmedia, storytelling, entrepreneurship in the arts, and crowdfunding. He has been a featured contributor to MovieMaker magazine, Digital Book World, and many other publications.

He has developed and sold a number of film scripts and has directed/ acted in many regional theatrical performances. David is also a photo artist whose work has appeared in several galleries across the United States, and can be also seen at www.MarlettPhotoArt.com. He lives outside Dallas, Texas, and has four children. 

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Interview with Khalid Muhammad

What genre do you write and why?
Thrillers, of the spy and espionage variety.

Tell us about your latest book.
Agency Rules – Never an Easy Day at the Office takes you behind the headlines into the events that created today’s Pakistan. It is a tough look at a nation in conflict from the eyes of a young man, Kamal Khan, who is looking for his own identity and place in society. Kamal is raised in privilege, but leaves it all behind as a man to serve his nation. Once in that environment, finds himself embroiled in a complex narrative that shifts with the fiery speeches of their anointed political and religious leaders.

Who are your favourite authors?
I read Fredrick Forsyth, Tom Clancy, John le Carre, Helen MacInnes and Alistair MacLean.

What advice do you have for other writers?
So my advice to aspiring authors is simple - Never give up. There are so many reasons that you may stop writing, there are hundreds of people that will demotivate you when you are writing, but you have to take them with a grain of salt. You can’t achieve something when you are worried about what the naysayers think.

Where can people find out more about you and your writing?
There are four places. The Agency Rules website at http://agencyrules.com. On Goodreads at https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7243288.Khalid_Muhammad. Or on social media at http://facebook.com/AgencyRulesPK or http://twitter.com/AgencyRulesPK.

Why do you think readers are going to enjoy your book? 
Well, other than the genre and being a book about Pakistan and terrorism, Agency Rules – Never an Easy Day at the Office is a fast-paced, action packed story that will keep you guessing all the way to the end. I hope that, as a reader, you will experience that Pakistan that I fell in love with when I moved home from the United States after 25 years. You will feel your heart wrench with Kamal’s when he is stationed in Karachi, Peshawar and buried deep inside the terrorist camps. And, hopefully, you will cheer him on, because he is the Pakistani that you don’t see in the media – smart, driven and motivated to do good for his family, fellow citizens and country.

Where can a reader purchase your book? 
The book will be published on Amazon on 16 January and available in bookstores around the world (hopefully) in February.

How do you research your books? 
I read and read and read, then I watch movies. I think I spent 5 years researching for this series. I read books, read newspapers from around the world and read Internet websites so that I could get a clear understanding of what the discourse really was. Since I wanted to portray the real picture, along with a bit of fiction, I had to understand everything, positive or negative, before I started writing my first word.

I traveled a great deal to the areas that I have written about in my novel. I wanted to make sure that I got the feel, tempo and environment right so that the reader could visualize the locations in their imaginations. Writing is never an easy road when you want to do it right.

Khalid Muhammad
What are your thoughts on self-publishing verses traditional publishing? 
I think both are needed in today’s publishing world. The big traditional publishers are too busy looking for the next bestseller to see the emerging author with a great voice and story. The hoops that writers must jump through to get a publisher’s attention just make the whole process much harder and keeps great stories from coming into the market.

Having said that, I also don’t agree that everyone should self-publish. There is a level of work that must be put into crafting a great story for the reader. You need to have a great editor that disagrees with you. You need to have people that read your chapters and turn around to ask questions where they see holes. You need to put in the effort to get the story right, otherwise you make the self-publishing look inferior, which it is not.

Again, writing is never an easy road when you want to do it right. There are no shortcuts to a great story.

When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time? 
Working. Being that this is my first novel, I am not someone who has a stream of revenue from my writing, either in books or articles. For the past 10 years, I have owned and built a marketing company that has been able to grab a good market share and pay my bills, feed my family and allow me to enjoy the downtime in my life.

Other than that, I like to read, watch movies, play video games and experience the new tech gadgets.

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To be or Not to be (Continued, that is…)

The essential concept of a series is that the story continues from one book to the next. Both the Heroine and the Reader gradually discover more about the Ultimate Mystery or the Real Truth that drives the action. Two of my favorite YA series are Divergent by Veronica Roth and Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. The initial books end in a smash up that leaves Heroine and Reader reeling in the aftermath and wondering what will happen next.

Taylor ended her book with the words:  “… to be continued”; Roth didn’t. 
I debated whether to end the first book of my YA trilogy, The Riddle of Prague, with those words. The story ends with a showdown and shocking revelations, but there’s enough mystery remaining to hint at more adventures. The book has a defined beginning and end: Girl goes to Prague; Girl discovers Riddle; Girl solves Riddle; Girl leaves Prague. I intended to write a series of books and not a serialized book. (The latter has gained somewhat of a bad reputation in the world of Indie Writers, although let’s not forget that many of Charles Dickens’ beloved stories began as serialized books.)

Initially, I concluded my story with ‘To be continued’ in the hope that these words would generate excitement about the sequel. Before the book came out, but after I sent review copies, I changed my mind: “To be continued” seemed a little over-excited and showoffish. I took the words out. Then I received a favorable write-up from Kirkus Reviews. I was thrilled, but the reviewer concluded with “[a]fter the story ends with ’To Be Continued‘ readers will likely to want to see more ….” Now I had to leave the words in. Or so I thought.

I wonder whether that was a mistake. A few readers think they’ve been cheated out of an ending. “I really enjoyed the book,” one writes, “But I really hate books that end with to be continued.” Oh dear. Another says, “Annoying to finish and find the next isn’t due out yet…” But wait! Then that means you liked the story, right? And you want to read more, I hope. If I hadn’t included the offending words, would these readers have happily waited for the next book? The sequel will be out soon, I promise, because the point of a series is for the story… to be continued.

Laura DeBruce
Laura DeBruce is a documentary filmmaker and writer. She grew up traveling all over the world thanks to her father’s work with the U.S. Embassy. She and her husband spent twelve years living in Europe including Prague, Paris, Amsterdam and London where she found inspiration to write The Quicksilver Legacy Series. In Prague she worked as a lawyer for the first private nationwide television station in the former Communist bloc.  It was there that she fell in love with the ancient city of Prague and its legends. 

She lives in the Washington, DC area with her husband and son and an unruly Golden Retriever. 

Website with blog and trailer:  http://theriddleofprague.com/

Amazon.com:  http://www.amazon.com/Riddle-Prague-QuickSilver-Legacy-ebook/dp/B00FFBNUVA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1386523998&sr=8-1&keywords=riddle+prague

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheRiddleofPrague

Twitter:   https://twitter.com/LauraDeBruce


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A Kickstarter Journey

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In March 2013, I released my first children’s book in the Science and Faith Matters series, called Trees of the Book – Learning from God’s Creation, a colourful introduction to trees, leaves and their corresponding Bible stories ( http://amzn.to/1hoCogt). I self-published and paid the full costs for illustrating, editing and publishing this activity book. The book has been well received and I was happy with the end result.

Shortly after, I started working on the manuscript for the second book in the series, Adam’s Animals, a children’s activity book that features more than 40 animals mentioned in the Bible and little-known facts about each. It’s ideal for 6 to 9 year olds, for home or school use and classroom sharing in grades 1-3 to supplement the Life Sciences Curriculum on Animal Life.

Before I completed this manuscript, I learned about an appealing way to raise money -- called crowd funding -- through Kickstarter. I was excited to learn that Kickstarter (http://www.kickstarter.com/)  had recently been made available in Canada and so researched this opportunity further. Kickstarter had been around since 2009, and had been part of funding for 55,000 creative projects. Project creators set a funding goal and deadline. If people liked a project, they could pledge money to make it happen. 

I estimated that the costs to create this second children’s activity book would be around $3,500 which included paying an illustrator and full publishing. I believed that my family, my friends and those who loved my first book would be supportive in my endeavour to create this new book.

Kickstarter recommended that a project campaign last for 1 to 60 days. I gave myself a timeline of one month (28 days), February 2014, to reach this funding goal. Originally, I planned to launch on the first of February, however, I had bloggers who were willing to host me and introduce my campaign in early January. I wanted to take advantage of their generosity and launched a little earlier than planned.

It took months of work to get to the point of launching the campaign. I attended “Kickstarter School”, reviewed other campaigns, and learned what needed to be done before I could launch.

First, I had to create a video to post on Kickstarter. Originally, I interviewed the publisher and illustrator and tried to create a 20-minute video, however, the quality of the production was too poor to include. In the end, I made a short 3-minute video with just myself. I’m an amateur videographer at best and would’ve loved to have a professional video made. However, I did the best I could using the Movie Maker program.

Next, I had to write a description about my book and what I was raising the funds for. I had to ensure that I had a focused and well-defined project with a clear beginning and end to meet the Kickstarter guidelines. My description included such things as the identities of the people on my team and my qualifications to complete the project.

I then had to come up with unique rewards for those backers who pledged money, such as an autographed copy of Adam’s Animals, an autographed copy of Trees of the Book, a jpg watercolour of a rooster, and lunch with the illustrator. I designed 15 different prizes, depending on the amount pledged.

Lastly, I had to advertise my campaign and invited bloggers to host me on their blogs, radio programs to interview me, and sent a newsletter to my subscribers to tell them about the campaign. I used most social media networks to promote the campaign including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and LinkedIn.

In the middle of all this, I still worked on the manuscript to complete the edits.

As of today, the campaign is still running. I pray that it is successful, I reach my funding goal, and can bring Adam’s Animals to life. God willing, I may take the same route for my third book in the Science and Faith Matters series.

If you are considering taking a similar route to crowd fund your next creative project, I would suggest one thing.... give yourself lots of time! I started in August with a deadline to launch in February and still feel as if I should’ve started earlier.

To learn more about Kickstarter and my campaign for Adam’s Animals, visit http://kck.st/19NBYR6

Kimberley Payne
Kimberley Payne is an award-winning self-published writer and a member of The Word Guild, Inscribe Christian Writer’s Fellowship, and John 3:16 Marketing Network.
She has volunteered as a teacher with many children’s programs at her church, as a teacher’s aid for student’s reading, and within the library at her children’s school.
Kimberley combines her teaching experience and love of writing to create educational materials for children about family, fitness, science and faith.
Kimberley’s website  www.kimberleypayne.com
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Macy’s or Wal-Mart – which are you?

PART 2 in the Marketing for Authors Series

There is a reason that marketers get paid the big bucks – we know how to position and market your product for the highest return. There is also a reason that 99% of us hate to compete based on price – because the next guy that comes along at 10 cents cheaper is going to steal our customer. That is capitalism at its finest. It doesn’t matter if the product is better or not, if the price fits, the consumer will buy.

Why do they buy? Because you haven’t given them a reason to stay with your product, in this case your book. And therein lies the rub…

When we spend months writing our book, detached from family, losing sleep, and inhaling more caffeine and nicotine than our bodies know what to do with, we are doing it because we have a story to tell. We want the readers to be absorbed, engaged and interwoven into the words that we put on the page. We want them to escape into the lands that we create, feel the emotions of our characters, and savor the experience until our next book comes to market. So why do we price our books so low that real readers don’t touch them?

For most authors, they never think of the marketing side because they are too busy working on writing the actual book, which is much more important, nor do they have the capital to go out and hire someone to do the marketing for them. So they take on the task and find themselves competing for the Wal-Mart customer rather than catering to the Macy’s loyalists. Let’s stop for a second and talk about what that means.

I am a big fan of Wal-Mart. It’s a great place to shop and wonderful people work there, but we all need to be clear – we don’t shop there because of the great quality, we shop there for the price. Because Wal-Mart buys in indecent quantity, they are able to offer a significantly lower price to the consumer so they don’t need to worry about quality. They just need to keep the shelves full. Now, look at Macy’s. They don’t care about price. They focus on quality and the experience of the consumer. The Macy’s shopper doesn’t spend their time waiting for the flyer, they just go and buy. Price is not the decision point for them, it’s quality and experience. So, you have to ask yourself, which one are you? Are you a price point or do you give the reader a fantastic experience? That’s a tough question because it effects your entire marketing strategy, book positioning, and sadly, your book sales. So let’s ask the question.

As an author, do you deliver a fantastic experience to the reader? Do you want to have loyal readers that send you emails, post on your Facebook page and hound you on twitter wanting to know when your next book will be out? If the answer to either of these questions is yes, they you need to think about the experience and forget the price.

Now, I’m not saying that you should jump your price to over $8 an e-book like the traditionally published authors, because you don’t carry the same expenses nor do you have a publisher that is hungry to generate an obscene revenue from your hard work. This is your baby. This is your money and only you know how best to price it, so price it that way.

I know there are a bunch of authors out there that believe the best way to sell their books is to drop to a .99 price. But can I ask you a question – what do you think when you walk into a dollar store? Are you there because you want the best quality or are you there because you want to get some inexpensive things? Yeah, I thought so. The same applies to when you give something away for free. You got something for nothing, so what is it really worth to you? I should be clear this does not apply to the books you give away for reviews because that is also a marketing activity and good reviews sell books. But if the reviewer sees that the price of the book is below the price of a McDonald’s meal, they don’t take it with much value.

So I leave you this week with this question – as an author, are you Wal-Mart or Macy’s?

Miss PART 1? Read it here

Khalid Muhammad is an accomplished professional marketer, entrepreneur, technology specialist and recently published novelist. You can contact him via @AgencyRulesPK on twitter, on Facebook (http://facebook.com/AgencyRulesPK) or his website (http://agencyrules.com).
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Interview with Lucian Barnes

What genre do you write and why?
I write mainly in the horror genre, but oftentimes my stories cross the boundaries into other genres as well. As for why I write what I do, I would have to say that I write what I would love to read. I have always been fascinated with horror and I enjoy having the opportunity to share the scare with my fans.

Tell us about your latest book.
My latest book, Destined for Darkness, is the first standalone book that I've published. It is an occult horror thriller that some consider a prequel to the series I have been working on, though it was never intended to be such. I decided to write the story after getting feedback from some of my series fans. Many of them were intrigued by the villain introduced to them in Desolace, and wanted to know more about him. What made him tick? Why did he become a serial killer? Those questions, and more, I felt deserved an answer. Destined for Darkness was the perfect solution to give my readers what they craved.

What formats is the book available in?
My books are available in paperback, as well as most ebook formats.

Who are your favourite authors?
Stephen King, JH Glaze, and Anne Rice

Who is you favorite character in your book and why?
I would have to say my favorite is George Mancini, even though he doesn't appear in the book until the latter parts. As crazy as it may sound, I felt a certain kinship with him. This is probably due to the fact that I based a significant portion of his character on my own, real life, experiences. A good portion of the time I spent writing the book, I felt like I was putting together an autobiography. Admittedly, confessing such a thing would likely terrify a casual acquaintance, but I assure you that all of the killings in the book are fictional. Readers will have to make up their own minds in regards to what is fiction and what is real.

Lucian Barnes
How long did it take you to write your book?
I originally began working on the book in late October of 2012 and putting the finishing touches on it in June of 2013, but during that period of time I was also working on other projects. If I were to make an educated guess, I would say the total amount of time I spent working on Destined for Darkness was approximately three months.

What is your work in progress? Tell us about it.
Currently, I am working on the fifth book of the Desolace Series, a novel called Cemetery Hill. As the series works its way toward the climax, which will happen in the seventh and final installment, the rag-tag group of heroes continue their struggles against the growing darkness that besieges the parallel world of Desolace. They have persevered thus far against the Black Knight and his minions, but there is always a new challenge they must face. While some of these challenges are physical in nature, as was the case near the end of book four when they were locked in battle with a legion of demonic creatures, it is not always the case. They also have to deal with the losses of those they hold close to their hearts.

Who or what inspired you to become a writer?
When I was very young, perhaps pre-teen, I was an avid reader of mystery stories like those of the Hardy Boys. Between those books, and my favorite childhood cartoon, Scooby Doo, I started to get ideas for stories of my own. It has been a very long time since then, and all of those older stories have been lost, but reading has always been the one thing to jumpstart my imagination.

What are you currently reading?
Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am a bit of a recluse and often spend the majority of my time writing, but when I'm not, you can usually find me holed up somewhere with a paperback or my Kindle.


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The Planet-Moon of Being a Writer

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When I was ten, my parents gave me a telescope, and I formed an astronomy club. Suburban Minneapolis had the benefit of many stars. As my four friends and I met one evening at sunset, ready for the blanket of stars, the full moon slipped up over the horizon and surprised us. The huge dish glowed big—bigger than the moon was normally—and it had a reddish glow, so we were convinced it was Mars. Mars had slipped out of line, and no one but us knew about it. We hopped on our bikes and rode toward this orb quickly as if we were getting closer. We pointed skyward. “Mars! It’s definitely Mars!”

This moment hangs as a symbol to me of what it is to be a writer today. One is that there are many misguided things to do that suck up your time, money, and attention. The second is that marketing definitely has its own gravity and is a giant moon in your life.

One of the joys of taking creative writing in college is that you’re focused on the creative process, not on marketing. You are building your planet. In college, commerce may as well be Santa Claus—it doesn’t seem real and, if anything, it will give you presents. Still, today’s writers, if they aim for sales, have to become practical and put aside the “fun, creative part” to promote what they have. What follows are some truths I’ve learned about the planet of creativity in harmony with the moon of marketing.

1) Don’t rush into marketing less-than-polished work. Everyone and her taxi driver are writing books. If you truly think your book has a place in the marketplace, engage your talented friends or hire a professional editor to get your book to be the best.

2) Book publishing is intimidating. That’s why agents and big publishers still exist—because if you’re talented, and you want to stay focused more on the writing than on the marketing, this traditional route still works. To get in agent requires writing a query letter—which has to be some of the best writing of your life. After all, you’re proving your worth in a page.

3) If you go the self-published route, know in advance that you have to become a master of marketing. You can hire services or people to help you with the self-publishing process, but beware of services that promise you the moon. You can spend thousands of dollars to little effect. If you didn’t seriously take my first point, polishing your work, no one is going to buy your book. An amateurish book design or less-than-stellar book description will hobble your book more.

4) Self-publishing can work. It takes dedication, starting with polishing your book. You learn that self-promotion isn’t singing “Buy my book” in a loud voice on social media, but rather, you do a lot of indirect things, such as joining the community of writers by writing a blog, writing book reviews, advertising, hiring a blog tour operator, and more. It’s all ever-changing, so keep reading about this stuff. The fact you’re reading this is a good sign.

5) The challenge of marketing can be addicting. It’s fun to watch something that you did sell a thousand books in a day. Don’t let it override your main goal, which is to write books with merit.

For more articles on this, I’ve created a list of links on my website, which you can see by clicking here. May your planet and moon circle with success.

Christopher Meeks
Christopher Meeks was born in Minnesota, earned degrees from the University of Denver and USC, and has lived in Los Angeles since 1977. He's teaches English and creative writing at Santa Monica College, and has taught creative writing at CalArts, UCLA Extension, Art Center College of Design, and USC. His fiction has appeared often in Rosebud magazine as well as other literary journals, and his books have won several awards. His short works have been collected into two volumes, "The Middle-Aged Man and the Sea" and "Months and Seasons," the latter which appeared on the long list for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. He's had three plays produced, and "Who Lives?: A Drama" is published. His focus is now on longer fiction. His first novel is "The Brightest Moon of the Century," and his second, "Love At Absolute Zero."

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What writers love about writing

Getting into the spirit of St. Valentine, I recently asked W&A community members what they love most about being a writer.

This is what they replied:

"What do I love about writing? I love discovering new aspects about the characters I've known for 30 years." Kevin Rogers

"Writers have the option of stealing the best moments of life and then editing them to fit what's in their imagination." Val Conrad 

"I love having a front row seat as the story unfolds at my fingertips." Yvonne McEvaddy

"I love writing to me it is like painting a picture with words." Jennifer Kramer 

"I love creating a world, no matter how unbelievable...and making it believable, not only in the reader's mind, but also in their hearts." J M Powers

"I love being able to breath life into a character and tell their story." Ms-Toni J Lynch 

"I love being able to create a life that is far more interesting than my real life." Elizabeth Sullivan 

"I love it when characters take over and write their own dialogue. I've had them say things that took me by surprise. One of the most poignant moments was when one character, a tiny woman, was seen snarfing food at an incredible pace. The other character said to her, "Where do you put all that food." Her answer almost knocked me off my chair. Wiping her lips with the back of her sleeve, she looked up and said, "I have a hollow soul." Until I wrote the word said before her comment, I had no idea what she was going to answer".Milton Trachtenburg

What do you love most about being a writer? Leave a comment below and let us know.

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