The Nine Weird Writing Habits of Really Intense Writers (VIDEO)
Author Videos / December 20, 2016

The Nine Weird Writing Habits of Really Intense Writers. I found this video by author Jenna Moreci. Jenna is a young vivacious woman (and writer) who pokes fun at all of us writers. LANGUAGE WARNING: Jenna utters some naughty words, but she uses them in the right context and with great flair. I’ve outlined her Nine Weird Habits of Intense Writers below. You can watch the video at the bottom. Weird Habit #1 – Hygiene is… Optional Whaaaa?  I think this habit applied only to writers from centuries ago. You know, when there was no indoor plumbing. Weird Habit #2 – Excessive Coffee Drinking Yeah. Well. Duh. Weird Habit #3 – Forgetting to Feed Yourself Writers know that not even extreme hunger can pry them away from their imaginary worlds. Unless of course there is a handy and very tasty stash of chocolate conveniently located in your desk drawer. I’m just saying… Weird Habit #4 – Becoming a Night Owl It’s true. It happens. Even if you have to get up really early. Then you rely on Habit #2. Weird Habit #5 – Becoming too Emotionally Invested in Your (Imaginary) Characters Writers often start discussing the characters of their books like they are real people. Especially, to…

Nicholas Sparks – Author of ‘The Notebook’
Author Videos / October 14, 2016

Here is an interview with bestselling author Nicholas Sparks. Many of his successful novels have been turned into successful movies. It’s interesting to hear a writer who has a lot of writing and a lot of commercial success under his belt talk about his experience. Like many of the other best selling authors I’ve heard speak about joining Hollywood, Sparks almost divorces himself from the process. He seems to have the ability to stay objective about what’s happening yet still stay involved to an extent as a consultant. In the sense that the process is not his anymore. The director, casting director, script writers etc. now have the vision for his story. His latest book ‘See Me‘ looks like it may well be on its way to another book-turned-movie. Listening to an author with such mainstream success is always an interesting experience. Even if you have no idea how they got there.

Eckhart Tolle: 10 Rules for Success
Author Videos / October 12, 2016

I’ve been a HUGE fan of Eckhart Tolle’s ever since the release of his first book The Power of Now. On nearly every page I’ve underlined sentences, I’ve highlighted those same sentences, I’ve starred the paragraphs those sentences are in. I couldn’t get enough of that book. It’s that deep. It’s one of the few books I’ve read that’s not only worth reading twice, but many times over. I still flip through it nearly 20 years later to gain insight and peace of mind. The Power of Now is a sort of spiritual text book if you will. It helps raise your consciousness. Eckhart Tolle is practical if nothing else. He offers simple, yet effective physical and mental exercises, he doesn’t just tell you to meditate. Eckhart Tolle’s wisdom is so deep it’s astounding. He takes the broad nebulous concept of “New Age” spirituality and condenses it into actionable chunks. We get it and we love him for it. In his second book, A New Earth, he expands his understandings to include how we can help raise the consciousness of the planet not just our own. Although, the two are impossible to separate. The Eckhart Tolle mantra is all about how human…

Best Selling Author Paulo Cohelo’s Rules For Success (VIDEO)
Author Videos / October 7, 2016

I’ve read Paulo Cohelo’s best selling book, The Alchemist, countless times. It’s a story about a boy who finds a way to fund his pilgrimage and journey to see the pyramids of Egypt. Of course, there are many twists, turns and obstacles along the way. He even finds the proverbial treasure chest full of gold and in the most surprising, unlikely and ironic of places. It’s a spectacular book filled with Life wisdom. There is not a sentence that’s wasted. Not an extraneous word to be found. In short, it’s a treasure itself. If you haven’t had a chance to read this amazing book I highly recommend it. The story is deep in complexities and yet told in a very simple way. It’s magical and all writers should take note of what Cohelo has accomplished with The Alchemist. Below is a video compilation of Cohelo speaking on how to become successful. Not just with writing but in life too. I wanted to include a few other versions of The Alchemist. It’s such a popular book. You may want to explore your options or even start collecting them! From left to right: The international book cover, The cover for the graphic…

Author Rick Riordan Offers Three Tips For New Writers
Author Videos / October 3, 2016

Bestselling author Rick Riordan offers new writers 3 tips to kick their writing career into high gear. Riordan is best known for his first book in a series: Percy Jackson & The Olympians. In the video below, Riordan talks to a representative from Adolescent Literacy.  Adolescent Literacy is a a national non-profit organization helping parents and teachers of struggling teenaged readers and writers. Adolescent Literacy is an offshoot of the Washington Educational Television Association or WETA.  WETA is a large, well known public television and radio station in our nation’s capital. It’s funded mostly by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Although Riordan is addressing a younger audience, but his points ring true for any writer starting out. In fact, his advice could be given to seasoned professional authors too. At least as a good reminder if nothing else.  The 3 main points he makes are: You must READ You must WRITE DON’T give up!

Author Kurt Vonnegut on the Storytelling Outline
Author Videos / September 28, 2016

In the video below, author Kurt Vonnegut, talks to an audience about storytelling. In very plain and simple terms (while writing on a chalkboard) he shows us the not-so-easy art of storytelling. The video looks to be from the 1970s, however, the information is relevant today. In fact, Vonnegut speaks to the story outline that EVERY SINGLE STORY since the BEGINNING of TIME has ever used. It’s true that storytelling is the most ancient form of entertainment. A good story well told lives inside a person. A good story changes our psyches. The video is only a few minutes long. I can (practically) guarantee you it will help you own storytelling abilities. Kurt Vonnegut is a renown novelist who’s books include; Slaughterhouse Five, Cat’s Cradle and Fates Worse Than Death.

Lee Child And Stephen King Talk About Jack Reacher
Author Videos / September 26, 2016

Lee Child and Stephen King talk mostly about Child’s Jack Reacher series. Lee Child is thrilled people are rooting for his character Jack Reacher. So, he says he will continue to write the series based on the character instead of journeying forth with a completely new stand alone novel. Child is generous enough to mention one of Stephen King’s new books Mr. Mercedes. It’s the first in a trilogy of King’s Bill Hodges’ series of novels. Child and King also talk about the casting for Jack Reacher in the upcoming movie that was supposed to open in October 2016. However, Never Go Back has been delayed and will now be released in December 2016.

Stephen King & John Grisham Talk Books
Author Videos / September 25, 2016

Two of the biggest selling fiction authors on the planet, Stephen King and John Grisham talk about writing and the publishing industry in the video below. They offer priceless tidbits about publishing their own books and licensing their books for movie rights. They even talk about the massive changes within the publishing industry, digitalization of books and how they sell fewer and fewer books each year. The authors speak in front of a large audience who paid to be there. This was a conversation to help raise money for The Library Foundation Inc. Grisham talks about when his first novel, A Time To Kill and his next novel The Firm, were first picked up by a publisher. King tells a lengthy, detailed and beautiful story about the time he sold his book Carrie. His agent told him over the phone first. He then went out and bought his wife a present – a hair dryer – to surprise her with when he told her the good news. He was working as a teacher and his wife worked at Dunkin’ Donuts. They were living in a trailer with their small children at the time. When he tells her how much the advance on…