Tuesday, July 26, 2011

For/From Indie Authors: Rob Cornell

Writing should be fun, not a chore. Sure, it can get a little frustrating at times, but I don't believe in the "struggling artist" model. If you aren't having fun on the page, your readers aren't going to have fun either. The easiest way to have fun is to write something you'd like to read yourself. Entertaining the writer = Entertaining the reader. An accidental nomad, Rob Cornell grew up in suburban Detroit, then spent five years living in Los Angeles before moving to Chicago to receive a BA in Fiction Writing from Columbia College. He has traveled full circle, now living in rural southeast Michigan with his wife, two kids, and dog, Kinsey—named after Sue Grafton’s famous detective. In between moving and writing, he’s worked all manner of odd jobs, including lead singer for an acoustic cover band and a three-day stint as assistant to a movie producer after which he quit because the producer was a nut job.

  • Trust the process. It's easy to let self-doubt creep in and undermine your writing, especially on a longer project like a novel. But if you trust the writing process, keep pushing forward, you'll find you aren't as bad as you think you are. And you can always edit.
  • Know where you're going. If you don't like to outline, fine. But at least have an idea of where you're headed. It will save you time in editing and help out with tip #1. It's a lot easier to trust the process if you aren't flailing about, wondering what the heck you're writing in the first place.
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