When I started writing, I needed answers and guidance. I wish someone would have told me:
- Research doesn’t mean a jaunt to the library or sailing through cyberspace. It means a trip into your characters’ lives.
- Some critics are like boo birds that sit on their lofty power lines and mess on those below.
- When I grow up, I will know the difference between lie and lay and sit and set. Until then, my characters will rest and stand.
- A writer doesn’t know her characters or their motivation until they start speaking to her.
- True success is 100 pages without an adverb.
- Emotional pain knocks at the writer’s heart and bleeds onto the written page.
- A writer’s goal is for the character to change and grow. But if the writer doesn’t experience the same transformation, neither will the reader find value in the story.
- A good writer knows all the weirdos in his family are a compilation of himself.
- A good writer knows that cutting the flab in her manuscript adds muscle.
- A writer’s tools are words—so add to them daily, memorize their meanings, and learn to spell them like a spelling bee champion.
DiAnn Mills is an award-winning author and the Craftsman mentor for the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild. Visit her at www.diannmills.com.