Hello everyone! It’s time to reveal the answers for all 12 questions answered by 12 author participants in the March Group Author Interview, in the 12 genres, 12 authors, 12 months and 12 questions series! The support from Chicklit authors was amazing as we have 12 authors participating in this group author interview.
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So, the 5th question is “How do you keep the story rolling?”
1) Author #1 : Tetasheri Whitney
Imagine the funniest twists and plots.
2) Author #2: Beth Merlin
Dialogue is always a great way to propel a scene or story forward. Dialogue is the best way to “show” and not tell what a character is feeling and experiencing.
3) Author #3: Tracy Orchard
I make my characters real to me, I spend hours whilst driving and washing dishes etc making them come alive in my mind. I picture every detail about them, the way they walk and talk and dress, what they like and don’t like, they become like friends, so when I start to write the ink just flows.
4) Author #4: Jae El Foster
You have to keep it fresh, and your protagonist must always be on direction with new obstacles awaiting. Without excitement, adventure, or love developing throughout, many authors hit a brick wall while writing.
5) Author #5: Adesanya
Keep on typing!
6) Author #6: Amy Spitzfaden
It’s as simple as asking myself “Okay, what happens now?” It’s easy to start writing a scene where nothing happens, so when I hit that, I just try to figure out what the next plot point is and how to make that happen, regardless of if it feels right for it to happen right now in the overall arc. Every single time the pacing ends up being what it needs to be, so I’m careful not to include filler.
7) Author #7: Summer Dowell
As bad as it sounds, I always like to think “how can I make this situation worse for my main character?” Usually if I’m getting stuck that means I’m making things too easy for my hero/heroine!
8) Author #8: Jennifer Patricia O’Keeffe
What I write has to make me smile (or gasp, knowing there is a smile coming soon). If that hasn’t happened in a bit, I’ll reconsider the direction of a story and tweak it so that something happens that’ll bring the smile back to my lips.
9) Author #9: Sasha Lane
I always write the last chapter first so I know exactly how I want the book to end and what I’m working towards. The rest is just the journey to get to that point, which is fuelled by my overactive imagination!
10) Author #10: Kristin Billerbeck
If I get bored, I change things up. I’m very ADD and if I’m bored, my reader is going to be bored. Sometimes, I have to stop and just wait it out while my subconscious sorts it out.
11) Author #11: Phaedra Patrick
Some days it can be tough. If part of a story isn’t coming through, then I edit for a while instead. Or I think what my character needs to do next, what issue are they trying to solve, who do they need to speak to, etc. and that propels the story forward.
12) Author #12: Katie Joyce Cross
I gift my characters with a lot of issues, particularly with themselves. Women love it when we are our own bad guy.
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