Last week, I tried out blogging by tweet, so here I go again! This time, I talked about Writer’s Restraint starting at 5 PM CST on June 30, 2014.
Reading is something all writers have to aspire to. The more writers read, the more they’ll understand about how the publishing game has worked in the past, what structures work, what plots do nothing. Reading gives writers the audience perspective, something that’s of great importance when starting or editing any project.
For someone with as varied tastes as myself, it’s not easy picking out what to read. Unlike many people, I’ll stop reading a book if it doesn’t appeal to me or if I’m just not in the mood. A great example of this is Mike Carey’s Felix Castor books; every time I try to read The Devil You Know, I find myself in the wrong mood and unable to get out of the first chapter. That doesn’t mean I won’t read it, that just means I’ve been trying to read it at the wrong times. Continue reading
In the past few days, I’ve been forced to wait longer, much longer than I would like to get my copy of Jim Butcher’s Ghost Story, a Dresden Files novel I pre-ordered and paid for at the beginning of June. Usually, the book would have come out at the beginning of April, as most Dresden Files books do. This one didn’t because Butcher wanted to take some time to make the book good and really worthwhile.
Of course, in the business of selling books, that just makes a lot of readers wonder what’s taking so long. So I ask, why can’t writers write fast enough?
Earlier, I was asked by one of my writing buddies to explain my thoughts on short story writing compared to novel writing and how it got me to write a novel. Here’s part of my reply, the part where I explain just how I was able to come up with the story that eventually became Mind & Machine.
Twice a year, I stock up on books. I tell myself that I’m getting everything that I’m going to read for the next six months, but something, a Brandon Sanderson or Jim Butcher book for example, always comes up. A lot of what I try to do is find things to read that will not only prove interesting, but also will help me become a better writer. Continue reading
This is probably a primer for another post. I’ll let you decide.
I’ve read a great many books in my life. You might think that they would be fantasy or science fiction, but, with one exception, this was not the case until I hit college. Before then, I read Stephen King and John Grisham. King and Grisham, Grisham and King. Before them were a handful of other works, between them came school reading and The Hobbit. Continue reading