Sunday’s Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Chapter presented a New Authors panel: Robin Allen (If You Can’t Stand the Heat: Stick a Fork in It), Kaye George (Choke; Smoke), and Janice Hamrick (Death on Tour; Death Makes the Cut). Hopeton Hay, host of KAZI Book Review, served as moderator.
Here, listed in no particular order and attributed to no particular panelist, are the tips I gleaned from the discussion:
- If you don’t love a character, get him out of your manuscript.
- Characters don’t always behave.
- Publishing the first book makes writing the second easier.
- There is no one correct way to write a book.
- Characters come to life during the writing, not during the outlining.
- Write characters worthy of subplots; they will carry the book.
- Writing is torture.
- Writing is necessary for good mental health.
- Sexual tension between characters is hard to sustain over time, but marriage ends things.
- Publishers encourage authors to have a social media presence.
- Publishers discourage authors from having a social media presence.
- Publishers don’t market books.
- Authors must actively market in order to sell books.
- Without limitations on time, it’s easy to screw around all day.
- Agents don’t know everything.
- Plot in advance but be willing to change the plan.
- Writers who pants successfully have a lot of the plot in their heads.
- Not everyone needs to write daily.
- Sometimes a character disappears without telling the writer where he’s gone.
- Writing a novel requires large blocks of time.
- Writing a novel can be done in twenty-minute segments.
- Experience makes a difference.
- Establish a writing calendar.
- An excellent manuscript doesn’t ensure publication.
3 thoughts on “If You Don’t Love a Character…”
Publishers encourage authors to have a social media presence.
Publishers discourage authors from having a social media presence.
^ conflicting messages there! I wonder why they discourage social media presence. It seems like a perfectly useful thing to me.
I’ve fb’ed and tweeted this all over! Great pix, Kathy! Thanks for this post.
Neat list of gleanings! Particularly laughed at the one on sex and marriage!
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