Tuesday, March 27, 2012
If you could give writers one small piece of advice, what would it be?
Write a complete manuscript. There are many people out there with great story ideas, and many with the ability to write--but the ability to write a COMPLETE story is a challenge many aspiring authors don't master. Writing complete, full-length manuscripts is truly the best way to learn the craft of plotting and pacing a story, developing characters and building relationships is a compelling way for readers. And it's the best, most humbling, way to learn what a challenging (yet rewarding!) job it is to write a book. Plus, without a complete story, you have nothing to sell to your would-be readers.
What is something that you often see beginning writers doing wrong?
Writing a great opening scene/chapter/section to a book, but then not giving the same attention to the rest of the story. Plotting, pacing, characterization, and grammar/formatting, of course, need to be finetuned throughout the entire book.
What book are you reading right now?
THE IRON KING by Julie Kagawa
What’s next for you?
I'm in the midst of writing a 6-book miniseries for Harlequin Intrigue. I'm on the third book right now. I'm also completing a novella for Intrigue's Christmas Cowboy anthology (out in December) and plotting out a new Ladytech (single title paranormal romantic suspense) book.
Finally, where can we find you on the web?
***Upcoming Books from Julie Miller***
ICE LAKE--Jan 2012
ALWAYS FAITHFUL (ebook only)--Jan. 2012
THE MARINE NEXT DOOR--May 2012
KANSAS CITY COWBOY--Aug. 2012