Category Archives: Writer’s Life & Journey
Showing my age, here, but remember Cary Grant and Grace Kelly in To Catch A Thief, a 1955 romantic thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock. If you’ve never seen it, try placing a request with your library. Anyway, the story takes place in the French Riviera with glorious scenes of the landscape, which earned an Oscar for Best Cinematography.
So what did this movie do to me?
BY COLLETTE CAMERON
I have a confession to make.
When I write, I do something odd. Actually itâ€™s something Iâ€™m trying to integrate regularly. Because I sit so much, as we writers do, I realized my regular workout routine wasnâ€™t gonna keep me in shape. So, I upped the ante and started setting a timer. When it goes off, I sprint up and down the stairs a few times and do 3-4 minutes of exercise of some kind.
At least thatâ€™s the plan.
The truth is, I often get so immersed in writing, I turn the timer off after the first or secondÂ annoying little beep, and I forget to turn it on again. Itâ€™s the neatest thing, though. The more time I spend writing, the easier it is, and the better writer I become.
BY ELLA QUINN
When I began my writing journey, not quite two and a half years ago, I dreamed of having an agent and a NY publisher. Which is exactly what I got. I also dreamed of having my first book published much sooner than this, but that was before I knew anything about the publishing business.
The questions I was asked this year at RWA Nationals boiled down to how did I do it? Quite simply, I treated writing like a job. The type one does when it matters. Having been in the Army, I knew something about that. A friend told me to write three books. Donâ€™t stop to make the first one perfect. I thought that was wonderful advice, and still do. Little did I know at the time that many writers write a lot more than three books before they get published, I had my nose glued to the grindstone. I no longer watched TV, and my husband took to making dates with me so he could have my undivided attention.
By DON MCGOWAN
It’s 3:05 pm. Friday, July 27. I’m due to present at a workshop attended by tens if not hundreds of professional romance novel writers in 10 minutes. I desperately need to find a men’s room.
And the one I’ve just found has flowers where ordinarily I would… water the flowers.
This could be a problem.
Maybe I should take a step back and tell you how this unlikely scenario came to pass.
It’s March. My good friend Serena Robar, author of the Half-Blood Vampire novels and Giving up the V, asks me to go to have beverages with her to discuss a workshop she’s giving at RWA. (I know the truth: I am a legendary drunk and she wants to hit my wine cellar, but I’ve accepted my shortcomings.) Over a bottle of Cabernet that in retrospect should have been better considering the favor she was about to do for me she tells me that she’s working up a panel on how to convert your book into a Web series or movie or TV show, which makes sense considering she just closed a deal to do a series with Anne Heche, and could she bounce the legal stuff off me. This makes sense too: I’m an entertainment lawyer and also teach it at a law school, and so my ego makes me think I might know this stuff even if maybe I don’t. After a few minutes I say, “You know, I could just go do your workshop with you.”