Things I love about writing:

  • Coming up with new worlds and story ideas. For me, coming up with new ideas starts with a spark. A flash of inspiration that shows me the key scene in a book. For one of my books, it was the MC sitting in the middle of a bridge, at night, while it’s raining, holding a bloody knife. I saw it in a flash of lightning, and that helped drive the whole book forward.
  • Never running out of ideas. I swear, I used to worry about this, but I have three finished first drafts waiting for their literary lobotomies, and more ideas than I’ll probably ever have a chance to write. For example, I’m about 80% of the way through with Darkness Falls 2 (hated the ending so I had to fix that or I’d have been done by now), and then I’ll get Harbinger, book three of my Live Once trilogy out, AND I also want to publish an adult urban fantasy about curses and witches, and serial killers. It’ll be a blast! (I should label that under things only writers think are fun.)
  • Talking with my readers. I love getting their feedback, finding out what they’re reading, and just really interacting with others who love books as much as I do.
  • Meeting other writers. I love talking shop, if you will, but it sucks that I live in a tiny little town without a lot of opportunities to meet up without driving half a day.

Things I don’t like:

  • Okay, this one has been bugging me for a while. It’s bad advice. I was at a “thing” (don’t want to get too detailed) where the speaker was telling young writers that in order for their work to get noticed by an editor or agent, it had to be 100% perfect. No mistakes. Not one. Ever. In the entire manuscript. They won’t even look at your story if there’s one spelling or grammar mistake. Forgot a comma? Forget about getting published. Ever. In your entire life. And if the editor sees a mistake, they’ll burn your manuscript and send you back the ashes. Okay, I made that last bit up, you get what I’m saying. It was awful. I wanted to badly to stand up and raise my hand and tell them they were 100% wrong, but I didn’t want to make a scene in front of the kids. Yes, agents and editors want things polished, but from what I understand, an amazing story is more important. In my experience, agents and editors expect books to need at least some work. That’s just the way it is.
  • Pickles. Can’t stand ’em. Blech. (I couldn’t think of anything else writing-related after my mini-rant).