These are the mornings I love the most. I wake up earlier than I ordinarily do, and I come out of my room. I say hello to mom and dad, grab my coffee, and retreat downstairs. I pull up my current writing project and, in the dark and cool of the basement, I go back to spinning lives. It’s a magical process, and at the moment I’m listening to Owl City while building the lives of Eva and Mir. This song in particular seems to sing of “Monster” to me – because neither of them know they’re gold. And really, we forget it ourselves. I can’t wait for this CD to come out.
But what I really came here to tell you was that I did a guest post on Seth’s blog, called “Death by Author: The Most Creative Way to Go.” I hope you like it, I’ll give you an excerpt here and then you must go and give Seth’s blog (and my article) some love!
I’ve always had a hard time killing characters. My whole life, characters have been so important to me that killing them feels like tearing a little piece of my heart out. I was never able to kill off a character and stuck to fluffy stories, until I came across a piece of wisdom that changed the way I wrote.
An author must be cruel.