If you follow write what you know literally, you are going to severely limit yourself as a writer.
Step One: Learn Everything
I used to think I could research my books as I went. I used to delve into plot and character development and setting and think ‘I’ll get to that later’. I used to believe that research was secondary to the fundamentals of writing a story.
I used to be very, very wrong.
The Writing Process – There’s No Road Map
Every writer has their own style and approach to a story. Some research first, others outline and plan, and some dive right in with nothing more than a name and a vague idea for where their novel might end up. As you can probably guess, I’m not one of those people.
Because I am a mad scientist writer with my hand in several pots all at the same time, I need to be organized. Really freaking organized.
House on the Hill
This house, specifically, has called to my baser self for over a year. What does that have to do with writing? Everything.
13 Stages of Writing a Novel
Be a writer, they said. It will be easy, they said.
So Where Do the Stories Come From, I Wonder
I do not have a half-naked Greek Goddess of muse and creativity lying across my bed. Inspiration doesn’t work like that.