From Orwell’s point of view: writers put pen to paper out of “sheer egoism, aesthetic enthusiasm, historical impulse, and for political purpose.”
Why do you write?
I believe, often the case is that we write to leave something tangible of ourselves with the world, something of our journey, a record -who we are and where we’ve come from. more “Why Do You Write?”
We’re so excited and privileged to share inspiration with you from our conversation with indie author K. M. Shea. With over twenty novels published to her name, K. M. Shea started writing in eighth grade and hasn’t stopped since! She has worn many career hats including journalist, library staff member and newsletter editor, but her most favorite is as a fiction writer which she’s happily been able to do full-time since 2014:
1. Are there 2 or 3 favorite authors that you feel were influential in inspiring you to write? What impact have they had on your writing?
Vivian Vande Velde, C. S. Lewis, and Jane Austen are three of my favorite authors who had a profound impact on me, and consequently my writing. Vivian writes primarily fantasy, but she commonly attacks dearly held fantasy clichés, and her stories are the sort that make you laugh out loud. I learned a lot about presenting humor by reading her books. Jane Austen was the author who taught me romance can be fun, and C. S. Lewis stoked my love of high fantasy—which you can see in all my fairy tales. more “Ask An Author: K.M. Shea”
“I think covers are extremely important. The cover of your first book is like your wedding dress if you’re a woman: You want it to represent who you are, but you want it to make you look much better than you normally do. And you only get one first book. I can’t think of an apt metaphor for men. Your first book cover is like… I don’t know, your first car?” Mark Jude Poirier, author*
“As the owner of a website that promotes eBook deals, I receive a lot of self-published submissions. When I sort through these books, more than three quarters are rejected in the first three seconds. Why? The book cover is poorly designed.” –Jeff Goins, author/blogger
more “Your book cover will be judged, so choose well!”
“To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme.” Herman Melville author of Moby Dick
• Ever wonder what makes for big writing?
• How do writers attain that epic, stand-the-test-of-time-long-after-I’m-gone, kinda writing? The written-likes of which leave readers with a heightened sense of awe, as one having set off and come back changed from a singular journey, experiencing breakthroughs in their own creativity, and even a restored hope in humanity…?
• Is epic writing something only designated for fiction or can non-fiction be epic-ly awesome as well? Shall we explore together?
more “Write BIG or Go Home”