What are the most useful things you can do to help get more writing done?
Bonus - Have fun! Writing is about creating something that you enjoy. Take a minute to enjoy it!
As a writer, I am continuously looking for inspiration for characters. One thing I do, which I may say I thoroughly enjoy is to people watch. Yeah, I know a lot of people do it, but an author does it with a critical eye.
It’s amazing the people out there. I was recently traveling for work and about halfway to my destination I stopped at McDonalds. As I sipped my coffee, I heard the clinking of coins. At first I ignored it. I was so focused on getting caffeine into my body. But the noise continued and I looked up. I turned my head and sitting in the next booth was a man.
He was probably in his 40s. It was hard to tell since life had steamrolled over him. His edges were tattered and the bulging knapsack on the table told me he was probably homeless. I studied him for awhile and our eyes met. To my surprise the man had the most beautiful blue eyes. Not just a plain old blue but clear crisp cerulean. If it wasn’t for his appearance, I would have thought they might have been contacts.
After a few moments the man looked away and he continued to dig into his change purse for money. This guy is what makes a character. It was as if his eyes held a secret and it had to be told.
As I left, I smiled at the man, placed a $20 bill on the table in front of him and told him I was paying it forward. He looked up in surprise and whispered thank you.
I still think about the McDonald’s man. What’s his story? How did he come to this point in his life? So many questions and only he had the answers. I can see him in my Sundowners story. A man with few words and a secret. A secret when revealed spins the plot 180 degrees.
So the next time you are enjoying a cup of coffee, take a look around. You never know, I may be in the next booth plotting you into a story and deciding if I should kill you off.
As a writer, I spin tales to take the reader away from everyday life, if only for a few hours. However, becoming a published author and reaching readers is a struggle. Writers sit in front of laptops and tap away in hopes of creating the next great American novel. But what happens after the manuscript is written and edited?
It was a dilemma for a few of my fellow writers and me. One Sunday night at Denny’s we pondered the question. Sending query letters to publishers is nerve wrecking. It takes the stars to be aligned just right to connect and get a contract.
We knew there had to be another solution. Yes, self-publishing on Amazon is an option, but the writers at the Sunday Night Write In knew there had to be other alternatives. So in January, the idea of starting a publishing company for authors in the 518 was spawned.
The 518 Publishing Company, LLC has been created to help writers in the 518 to publication. We will make it happen.