What are some of the best tools available today for writers, especially those just starting out?
I’m a huge fan of Scrivener, which is a word processor just for writers. It has amazing tools for outlining, keeping track of research, keeping track of drafts, note taking. Basically everything a writer could want. I was skeptical when someone recommended it, but I am a complete devotee now.
What contributes to making a writer successful?
I think that depends on how you define success. A lot of writers define success in terms of sales figures, but for most of us, if that’s the marker, we will be disappointed. I consider myself a successful writer for having completed two novels that readers have reacted to positively, but even that is a limited mark of success because it’s external. Most days, my motivation to write is internal, my motivation to publish is internal, and I don’t think a lot about success. I just think of the work.
Do you have any advice for writers?
Figure out who your audience is. Good writing is clearly focused, and it’s not plot or character that creates focus, it’s audience. Who is your ideal writer? How will he or she react to your work?
What dreams have been realized as a result of your writing?
During a free giveaway of my first novel, it appeared next to LITTLE WOMEN on Amazon’s list of top YA novels. That was one of the coolest things ever! Any day I’m on the same shelf as Louisa May Alcott, I’m living the dream.
When you wish to end your career, stop writing, and look back on your life, what thoughts would you like to have?
I want to look back and say with confidence that I didn’t hold anything back, that I never let fear censor me, that I never let doubt stop me in my tracks. If I can say that, I will have succeeded as a writer.
Genre – Women’s Literature
Rating – PG-13