Today’s Writer Wednesday is Sarah Makela
What’s the one thing that remains unchanged during your writing process, from one book to another? (ie: Intensive plotting? Music?)
A: The one thing that remains unchanged during my writing process is the way I keep track of my progress and daily word count goals. I love my Excel spreadsheet. It keeps me aware of my deadline, so I know if I should change my pace if I get ahead or too far behind of where I should be.
What’s the one piece of advice you’d give a new writer?
A: Don’t give up! If you want it fiercely enough, you’ll achieve it.
What’s the one piece of advice you wish was wiped from the minds of writers everywhere?
A: I’d totally wipe away “Write What You Know.” If I followed that and wrote solely what I know, my books would be so boring. I’ve never shot a handgun. I’ve never met a weretiger or a technomage. I’ve never been a private investigator. That’s the beauty of research and the creative mind.
What’s the one book you think everybody, writer or not, should read?
A: I’d say for everybody to read a book that happily whisks them away from everyday life. I started reading when I was younger, and it’s helped me through some really challenging times.
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