Lin Clements figured that she wouldn't get a nomination since she didn't have a huge social media network ready to mobilize, but she did an awesome job of getting votes and reviews, and that means you can, too!
Oh, wow. It's incredible. I honestly did not have a lot of expectations, because I assumed I'd be up against some people who had more powerful social media reach.
I think I'm less afraid to write about the military experience, because I know what I've dealt with. There are books about the action and the war fighting, but there are very few that realistically deal with the military experience and the wreckage it can leave in its wake. I'm not talking about all the happy-happy endings, because it takes more than just a few magic words to make the pain go away and to make those happy endings a reality. So maybe that's what I can do; fill in the gap with something more realistic.
While you should have a lot of guns, always keep more silent weapons on hand. Big booms draw unwanted attention. Oh, and freeze dried or dehydrated food is a must.
I only told maybe two people when I first decided to expand on Brown Leather Couch (which had been a piece of flash fiction initially) and submit it as an entry. It wasn't until after the story had been accepted that I started telling people. Mostly, it was family sharing my link and getting their friends to vote for me. I didn't try to cast a huge net so much as I aimed for consistency.
Absolutely. Since we homeschool our kids, we have set aside time for reading and for creative writing every day. The best method of teaching is to lead by example!
WRITE ALL THE THINGS!
I don't think it quite hit me until I won a poetry contest in 4th grade. And then again, when I first read Salem's Lot, by Stephen King. Then the idea of sharing and being paid for all the weird, crazy, and dark stuff that goes on in my head took hold. It took awhile for me to reconcile paying the bills with pursuing my passion, though!
I'm sure as soon as I mention my personal pet peeves, someone will point out where I messed up in my own way, but careless formatting drives me batty. Giant blocks of text are eyesores, and there are so many occasions on which just a little attention to spacing would go a long way. Especially when you're reading on a screen, formatting is a make or break kind of thing.
Wow. That's a good one, actually. Most of the other stuff I write is straight horror/thriller, so I really hope I'm not a hit woman (unless I am…) and I really hope people don't light houses full of corpses on fire across the street from me. I do, however, inject people in my life into my characters. One recent short piece I wrote involves a little boy, who was inspired by a friend's son and my vision of what he'd be like a few years from now.
Oh, man. This one is also tough. I think I'd like to be invisible. Then I could people watch and nobody would even notice. Or I could get twenty minutes to myself with no interruption, or figure out which one of my kids really drew on the wall with that Sharpie marker.