Tuesday, June 24, 2014
What's the one rule I have to follow if I really want to be a novelist?
--Rebel with a Laptop
Write a novel. (And you might want to ease up on the italics.)
Should I just start writing my novel or should I make a detailed outline including coming up with back stories for all my major characters?
Either way or a combination of both or something completely different. Whatever works best for you. At some point you have to leave the outlining and--eek!--actually write the book. Unless you want to be an outliner, not a novelist.
What are your thoughts on all the vampire/dystopian novels these days?
I'm going to assume you mean you're a fan of zombies, not a fan of mine who is a zombie. I have no problem with vampire novels and such. I don't read them or write them because they just don't appeal to me. But neither does Jane Austen or Philip Roth or J.R.R. Tolkien or many, many others. Read what you like to read and write what you like to write! God has given you free will. Well, maybe not so much if you are a zombie.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
What's the difference between a writer and an author?
Dear W-B W/A,
Most simply put, a writer steals material from a variety of sources while an author plagiarizes material from a variety of sources.
I have the soul of a poet. What do I really need to live my dream?
A trust fund.
Two quick questions. Will you read the manuscript of my novel? It's just over 1,200 pages. And how can I be sure to make some money with it?
--First Draft Done
No, and take it to your local bank, hit the teller in the head with it, grab some cash, and run.