"Every once in a while during the editing process I just stop editing and read – really read what I wrote. I’m sometimes floored that certain phrases or paragraphs are in there – I’d forgotten little things that made it all connected. Sometimes they’re beautiful, others profound and some downright scary and horrible. And while these might not be lines worth of Shakespeare or Hemingway or even Poe, they’re mine and I’m proud of them. And I hope someday you read them in context and understand the importance of each one. The last one on here is my favorite – and it sums up the novel fairly succinctly."
How I Write: Michael Connelly Daily Beast I'd come to the idea of writing crime novels, because I thought I'd like to do a series. I was hoping that a publisher would realize that the character could go some distance.
New York TimesFounder of National Novel Writing Month to speak Saturday in MaconMacon Telegraph (blog)The next year I put up a website and sent out an e-mail to more people, and that kind of snowballed to the point where last year there were north...
Thought I'd share the first chapter of my first novel, Compliments from a Stranger. Many people need to be "hooked" from the first few pages so let me know if I caught you with this and/or with the cover.
"Thought I'd share the first chapter of my first novel, Compliments from a Stranger. Many people need to be "hooked" from the first few pages so let me know if I caught you with this and/or with the cover..."
Want to know the secret to success? Quitting. Yes, you heard me correctly. And, if you’re a creative professional, it is in your interest to learn to get really good at quitting. Maybe you’ve felt like a loser or a failure, that your dream to make a living with your art was a fool’s errand.
We've all been there: You begin to revise your short story, but the more you rewrite, the more unenthused you feel... There are a few simple steps you can take to revive your short story and make it fresh and unique.