Every family has a holiday tradition, whether it’s a special treat or favorite dish.
In the Coletta household, I bake dozens of almond biscotti. They’re everyone’s favorite snack. My father-in-law devours a plateful in one sitting, my grandchildren grab one after another — sometimes a biscotti in both tiny fists! — and before the family arrives I’m constantly slapping my husband’s hand away from the Tupperware container. They take me hours to make, yet they disappear in minutes.
What’s the one treat or dish that you make (or look forward to eating) every year? How long have you had this tradition?
Many writers develop the passion to write because they were avid readers as children. The rabid craze wouldn’t be denied and years later, they have come face to face with an amazing addiction for self-expression.
If you didn’t write, what else would you have done to fill the void? What other forms of self-expression would have taken hold of you? Do you have a secret talent?
What ONE thing would you give up to become a better writer?
This could be ANYTHING, like a pledge for Lent or a sacrifice to the Writing Gods or a resolution to cutting back on nasty habits that hinder your work. Time to confess.
We’re all done some interesting things for the sake of research, some pretty far fetched while others might be things we never thought we’d do.
Share your latest or most memorable forays into research and what you learned. Do you have any funny stories about your experiences?
Many of you have been writing for a long while, been traditionally published through big and/or boutique houses, or self-published. All of these struggles have brought knowledge gained through experience.
For discussion – What advice would you give your younger writing self when you were first starting out? Knowing what you do now, please give your top 3 tips.
What was the best money you ever spent as a writer? Was it a software package, a writing course, the many books you’ve read? Please share your thoughts.
What was your hardest scene to write? (This could mean “hardest” as in technically or “hardest” as in emotionally.)
Describe a scene (either something from your WIP, or your surroundings, or anything you remember) and use sight, sound, touch, smell AND taste.
Bonus points if you can link it into St Patrick’s Day.
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Have you ever finished reading a book that left you emotionally drained, a novel with impact where you couldn’t pick up another one to read for awhile?
If you could cast the main character (or the villain) of your favorite book, who would play the part? Tell us about the book and your cast choice.