How to write a book. Or not. PLUS 5* #YA #Thriller ROAM by @ErikTherme #BookReview #FridayReads

Barb Taub

And the best way to know you're a real writer? You get this gorgeous geek-writer QUERTY painting from the amazing, incredible, real painter-type Artist Alex Zonis [http://goo.gl/ktQQ94]Being a writer is a very peculiar sort of job: it’s always you versus a blank sheet of paper (or a blank screen) and quite often the blank piece of paper wins.”—Neil Gaiman [image credit: Querty, painting by Alex Zonis from author’s collection]

Today a friend asked me to tell her how to write a book.

“Um…you just type words. With, you know… a computer. There are some books on writing and stuff. I’ve never read any of them, but I hear they’re great.”

Thank you, Queen of Lame. All the way home I thought about the way I write books. One of the first questions writers get asked in interviews is whether they are plotters or pantsers. [NOTE: plotters do what’s on the tin and plan out the story with outlines and notecards and post-its and other organizational-type stuff that gladdens the hearts of office supply companies.There may…

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