Wouldn’t it be nice if we could all do the thing we loved most in life and still live comfortably? We see people all the time who do. The high-profile mega-winners, the superstars, the bestselling authors. And we all wish it could happen for us. Of course, we do. We want it to be easy. And for some people, it seems to be. Some folks hit it bigger than others. Some even do so their first shot out the door.
Sharon was a guest recently on the Poudre School District program Book Ends, hosted by Diane Tuccillo. You can watch the entire interview here:
I just got back from Colorado where I had the opportunity to teach creative writing to both teens and adults. I also had the pleasure of being interviewed by several brilliant teens, Ethan, Davis and Maxine, and my dear friend and favorite librarian of all time, Diane Tuccillo.
Clichés are great when you are looking for a way to quickly convey an idea in a few short words, but when these everyday common usage phrases slip into your writing, they can be deadly. Why? Because not only are these phrases entirely overused, and therefore boring, they shout to the reader, “Lazy Writer Working Here!”
If you listen to your own voice unknown friends will come and find you.
People often ask me where my ideas come from. My usual response is “from listening to the voices in my head.” My fiction is very character driven. Characters get inside my brain and nag me until I tell their stories. So I do. I start there and find the story, the plot, along the way. Yes, I have to refine the plot in revision, but the character arc tends to come with the journey.