“Happiness is not something you experience.
It is something you remember.”
- Fallen, the last fae
THIS JUST IN!
Think you know what the last fae would be like?
When all you love is gone or in peril,
when all the world is mad --
Show them what insanity truly is!
“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.”
― Anaïs Nin
What is the difference between a good book and a great one?
Have you ever read a sentence whose meaning vibrated within your mind and heart like a struck tuning fork?
Where did it touch you?
Your heart? Your invisible wound? Your secret fear? Your silent dream?
You search for books that contain those sentences.
A book with that kind of magic—that resonates with our heart and somehow fulfills a need in our soul—that is the mother lode.
Books like that are more than just a good, or even great, read. They speak to us on some integral, deep level and nourish us.
They speak to our heart.
How do you write like that?
By being brave, daring, and vulnerable enough to get into the deep, scary feelings that are stored in the heart.
If writers do not go deep, their writing won’t either.
The road that few writers take:
G. K. Chesterton wisely noted,
“There is a road from the eye to the heart that does not go through the intellect.”
Think back on what movies, what books touched you. Ask why. And then look to the novel you are writing.
Is it mostly craft and not heart? Many novels are. Make yours different. and you will stand out from the crowd.
When you finished writing your last novel, did you feel completion or an emptiness?
The answer will tell you if you wrote from the heart or not.
DON'T FORGET TO LISTEN TO CHARLIE JAMES'
RIVETING PERFORMANCE OF FRENCH QUARTER NOCTURNE
Think TRUE BLOOD meets JUSTIFIED!
Read my interview with Milo James Fowler
on my sojourn into audiobooks: