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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Stephen King says: ya gotta read to write!

Hello fellow writers!

Yesterday my goal was to finish plotting out the middle of my novel, and I also planned on re-reading a large portion of Leslie Wainger's very helpful book, "Writing a Romance Novel for Dummies". I did indeed spend most of my free time reading, and what happened is suddenly I thought of some important emotional areas that my characters were lacking, and I was able to go back into my novel outline and add those elements to strengthen the story. Gotta love how easy it is to rework an outline, instead of rewriting a whole novel! I also changed my beginning, and while I was rereading what I already had plot-wise, I thought - hey! My hero would never do that! - Cut, cut!!

Today my goal is to continue to plot my novel. I'm through saying exactly what part of it I must get to (although I'd love to finish plotting the middle, again) because life keeps getting in the way, but I will work on it -that's my goal.

Stephen King never pre-plots his novels - he just goes with the flow. But then again, plenty of authors do tons of prep work and outlining, like J.K. Rowling.

In this video of Stephen King giving a talk at Yale in 2003, he talks about the most important prerequisite to being a writer - you have to read a lot, and write a lot.

Wish me luck, and good luck to you too!
Yours Truly,
Shoshanna Evers


  1. Shana you have that magic moment all time!

  2. LOL! I read so many books I'm bound to read some less-than-stellar ones mixed in there.


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