Tuesday, May 10, 2011

How to write your book...

This summer I am under contract to write a sequel to my first book, Tombs of Terror. I also have two other YA books that I am working on, so I will be doing a lot of writing in the coming months.

People often ask me, how do you write a book?

You just write. You start and you finish and, somewhere between those two points, the book has to emerge.

The saddest thing in publishing is this truth: we will never read some of the greatest works in the world because their creators will never start and finish.

Once a friend of mine shared with me some opening lines she had created for books she wanted to write. No book already published has ever come up with such wonderful opening lines. Stunned, I told her if those lines showed her ability to write, she would be famous. She just had to stop making excuses, stop doubting her ability and the importance of her words, and start writing.

A while back, I asked her about her books.

She’s still hasn’t started. In fact, over time she has forgotten those wonderful opening lines. She didn’t even take the time to write them down.

I feel the world has lost something special. Even if no one else cared, I wanted to read her books. I want to read your books, too.

So, I’m inviting you to write with me this summer. I will chronicle the steps I take in writing a book so you can learn and follow them if you’d like. The steps are simple but the accomplishments can be wonderful.


  1. You're right. It's sad when people don't take time to develop their talents. Good luck on your sequel. I'll look forward to reading your posts.

  2. Wow, I didn't know you would be working on it so much this Summer. Good luck with that. Let me know when it gets done. I'd love to read it and give any helpful feedback I can.