Authors & Tips

Through the wonderful help of my university I have been granted the honor of meeting two very amazing people. The first person being the author of “All Aunt Hagar’s Children,” Edward P. Jones. And the second being Deborah Heiligman, author of “Intentions.”

I had the great pleasure of talking to both of these amazing people and found out so much more about myself than I could have expected. Meeting other people who write gives view to the truths that ALL writers are different. Maybe that’s why I’m drawn to this profession. So, without further rambling, I will write down some key pointers I received from these authors.

Edward P. Jones:
  • Do not write strictly reality if you’re writing fiction.
  • Read… A LOT!
  • Spend time evaluating and appreciating other’s works.
  • Write when you feel as though you must.

Deborah Heiligman:

  • Free Write and allow your creative side of your brain to say everything. Then once you do that, allow the analytical side of your brain to edit and control.
  • When you need to find out more about your characters, do character questionnaires. (I intend to do mine for “The Other Side” soon)
  • Consider your readers’ attention span/Consider your attention span
  • Do journal writing prompts.
  • Don’t allow for your story to wrap up nicely and neatly. Give your readers the chance to wonder and piece together their own ideas of the characters’ futures.
  • Live in the present.
  • Anything that happens to you, be it good or bad, as a writer, just remember… “It’s all material.”
  • Find your theme as a writer. (Example: Most of my books and how I view things in life relate to love and social justice. So my theme is romance and consciousness)
  • Try to find your one liner or even your characters’ one liners.
  • Answer these questions before you write:
    1. Is it a story with a beginning, middle, and end?
    2. Do I have to write it?
    3. Am I the only person who can write it?
  • In all fiction, there is truth.

For me, I believe finding my own approach to writing is crucial. There is no right or wrong way to do it. Just better ways to do it compared to others. I will be putting all of their pointers to use as I continue to work on my stories, but most of all I’ll be finding my own way. What are some tips you have for writers?