Chevy Stevens Quotes.
Pain leaves a mark, the degree depending on the person and the event.
It’s not like I wake up every morning and just can’t wait to write. It is my job. It’s much easier to not write. I’d rather read. This is my income. This is what supports my family. Having a child is a pretty big incentive to keep working.
It feels wonderful to get praise from other authors who I admire, but with each new book, my confidence is always the thing I struggle with the most until I start getting positive feedback from readers.
I didn’t go to university or get a degree, but I hired somebody as a mentor – and that I considered my university education.
Some newer writers worry about books set in Canada having a big appeal, but it has never been an issue for me. I haven’t wanted to write in the States because I don’t know the States.
That first shrink I saw when I got back to Clayton Falls told me no one is a lost cause, but I think thatвЂ™s bullshit. I think people can be so crushed, so broken, that theyвЂ™ll never be anything more than a fragment of a whole person.
When I first started writing ‘Still Missing,’ I didn’t actually realize I was writing a thriller. I thought it was more women’s fiction, but during the many years of rewrites, I kept taking out the boring parts, and then my agent informed me that I had written a thriller.
In this day and age, you can write anywhere in the world. You can really live anywhere and have the same career.
When I started ‘Still Missing,’ I had a few key plot points in mind, which I played around with mentally for a couple of months, then one day I just started writing. Not having an outline led to some cool plot twists, but also many rewrites! A lot of the plotting happened on subsequent drafts.
I was supposed to be cleaning out the barn, but I was usually reading romance novels. That’s how you grow up to be a thriller writer.
My [story] outlines are usually about 5-6 pages long. I’m essentially telling myself the story in short form. I try to make it clear who the major characters are, what they want, and what obstacles they face.
Before I start a book, I talk over my characters with a friend who is a counselor. I like to make sure I have the right dynamics in place and understand each character’s belief system, fears, coping mechanisms and things like that.
If you want to become a writer, you do need to be willing to make sacrifices.
Read everything you can on writing. Join online forums and critique groups, go to conferences, get feedback, and learn, learn, learn!
I try to only read light things when I’m working on my books, and in the evenings I watch a lot of mindless TV. I have to break up the ‘dark,’ or I wouldn’t be a very happy person.
For ‘Never Knowing,’ I outlined it and then blocked it out on my office wall with index cards, but things still happened organically.
As much as writing is an emotional experience, it is a business as well. Coming from a business background, I treat it as such.