Author Chat – Four Novelists Sharing Secrets of Success

I was thrilled to be part of the first Women’s Fiction Writers Association quarterly Author Happy Hour, sharing secrets of success — and lots of the struggle along the way — with three other wonderful novelists who have recently published books.

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We laughed and talked about the whole process of writing and publishing, the writing life, and our own unique formulas for approaching the creative act.

I learned that there are such things as waterproof writing notebooks, for those who get inspired in the shower. I also found out that self-publishing can be an exciting option when you have a book with something to say that’s timely and needs to gain an audience now. It was clear that we shared the struggle of finding time to write, thinking our lives have to be balanced (they don’t!) and wishing when we did have writing time, we could focus more.

Author Happy Hour is going to be a quarterly event for the WFWA. Writers are clearly a tribe, and finding your tribe shares some of your solitary experiences is a lucky and rewarding thing. Discovering that an important part of my writing tribe is specifically those who writer women’s fiction was marvelous and has led to marvelous things — friends, critique partners, moral support, resources, and fun events like this one.

And happy writing! Hope you get some words under your belt today. One thing seemed clear from Author Happy Hour: trying to find a corner of your life to allow for a daily writing hour was a big key to success in writing fiction.