Read both within the genre you write in and outside of it. The more exposure you get from other writing styles, the better you will be. Pay attention to how they structure their plots, characters, sentences, paragraphs. Everyone has a favorite author, but the more you read, the better writer you become. I have found some new favorite writers by venturing into genres that I don’t normally pick up. It also helps me see my own plots and characters in a different light by seeing how others are developed.
As part of my interview series on the five things you need to know to become a great author, I had the pleasure of interviewing Stormi Lewis.
Multi-published author and Story Sharing Coach Stormi Lewis helps people over thirty squash their excuses and overcome fears of publishing their stories. Stormi has authored Surviving the Storm, Fuel for the Storm, and the Sophie Lee Trilogy, proving time and again that you can successfully publish a book in 6 months or less, while working full time and caring for your family. After spending a lifetime with bipolar disorder and ADHD, Stormi went from choosing to break her people pleasing addiction, to hosting a podcast “Bookish Chatter” that helps keep new authors from feeling lost or alone on their journey. Find more information about Stormi at www.chasingstormi.com.
Thank you so much for joining us! Can you share a story about what brought you to this particular career path?
I was the kid that was lectured by my mother to get my nose out of a book while walking so I would stop running into things. Even though I was a dancer, I didn’t need help being clumsy. By the second grade, I had read every book…