I’ve always believed in the power of words. Just one word can evoke pleasure, nostalgia, or melancholy. Some words even induce a physical reaction, a shortening of breath, a quickened heartbeat. I have a friend who gets physically sick at the sound of the word “moist,” which assures me she will not be pursuing a career in writing erotica anytime soon. For me, the word that makes my stomach clench is “research,” the word that can give even the most seasoned author a shiver of dread. I say to myself, “we creative types just need to make art, we can’t be burdened down with something so dull as research!” This usually comes before my trusted writing partner reads what I’ve done and decorates my work with lots of colorful comments like are you crazy you can’t say that and do you even know what facts are? She’s fun, but she’s also right.
Author Jennifer Dwight shares how working in a law firm provided her with oceans of material. But, she says, you have to have a healthy sense of humor, a thick skin and a b.s. eliminator, in order to snag a front row seat to life’s pageant in all its dark glory and absurdity. Read more of her column for San Francisco Book Review's The Back Page, here!
Romance novelist, Paullina Simons, shares her experience writing a script based off her work and the obstacles she faced every step of the way. Now, Simons awaits the launch of her mini-series Tatiana and Alexander.
Author M.D. Moore says his muse rubbed elbows with respected authors like Hemingway and Steinbeck. So, how do her visits, although unexpected at times, continue to inspire Moore's everyday writings? Find out here.
Now more than ever, authors have a variety of options when converting bare stories into more lush descriptions fit for a finished book and one alternative is to self-publish. Aspiring authors should consider the option because self-publishing has increasingly become more and more common among authors within the industry. It’s not just a trend. In fact, the choice to self-publish ultimately transforms mere dreams of becoming a published author into reality, and on your terms. As an author who self-published Fantastical: Tales of Bears, Beer, and Hemophilia, I've compiled a five reasons why self-publishing is beneficial to aspiring authors with tips along the way to help guide all stories to fruition.
As a physician turned writer, I’m often asked how I move between two seemingly divergent fields. Medicine is an on-your-feet, fast-paced job. A doctor’s survival depends on her ability to concisely document a patient’s story by checking off boxes and typing in phrases. Electronic health records leave little room for eloquence and medicine is often a conversation of numbers, not words: medication dosages, white blood cell counts, and glomerular filtration rates.