During NYC Television Week MediabistroTV talked to Clyde Phillips, bestselling crime novelist and current showrunner for Nurse Jackie. He shares some advice for aspiring writers, and tells why novel writing is not that different from TV writing:
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Terry McMillan is the New York Times bestselling author of eight novels, including the now-classic Waiting To Exhale. Now, 25 years since her debut, she’s back with Who Asked You?, a multi-generational family saga that is already being applauded by critics. In the latest installment of So What Do You Do?, she tells Mediabistro about creating memorable characters, the challenges of writing from the perspective of an eight-year-old and the pressure of living up to all the hype:
You’re known for writing such authentic characters. How do you keep them all straight?
Well, first of all, it’s not as hard as you would think. If you take [people] that you know really well, and you had to capture them on paper — their gesticulations, how they talk, how they think — from what you know about them, you could do it. But before anything, I do a lot to profile my characters so that I know them. I know almost everything about them, in terms of their educational background, how tall they are, what color they are, what they like and don’t like, what their favorite class was in school, what they’re afraid of, what their biggest secret is, if they lie, if they pay their bills on time, what they wish they coulda, woulda, shoulda done, etc., etc.
To learn more about Terry McMillan’s writing process, read So What Do You Do, Terry McMillan, New York Times Best Selling Author?
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In the latest installment of So What Do You Do?, Mediabistro talked to Sara Shepard, author of the bestselling YA series Pretty Little Liars and The Lying Game. The prolific writer, who has published 20 books in eight years, talks about getting her series optioned as TV shows, how she got into YA and how any writer can get more words onto the page:
“I am a big outliner. For my adult book, The Visibles, I did not outline, and it took me two years to write because I just didn’t outline and I had no path,” she said. “The other thing is, because I have really crazy deadlines, I have to write everyday. So, I can’t just sit there and stare at the page. So what I usually do is, I write something. Even if it’s bad, even if I go back later, and I’m like, ‘This is such a bad chapter, and I’m going to have to revise it,’ having words down is better than having nothing.
For the full interview, read So What Do You Do, Sara Shepard, Author of Pretty Little Liars?
Today we launched a new “Writer Resources” category at GalleyCat, collecting practical tools for aspiring, published, and self-published authors. To celebrate, we’ve also extended the deadline for our book pitch contest until October 27th–giving all those readers a chance to polish their queries for first ever Mediabistro Book Pitch Party on November 3, 2010 in NYC.
As you can see, GalleyCat now has five primary themes highlighted at the top of the blog: Publishing, Deals, Bookselling, GalleyCat Reviews, and Writer Resources. These categories will archive our content for the different parts of our audience. Feel free to share your thoughts about these new tools and check out all our categories for more specific themes.
We also encourage all the writers in the audience to enter our ongoing Book Pitch contest–a chance to win a free ticket to the eBook Summit in December. Our events team decided to extend the deadline for entries until October 27th to give everybody a chance to participate. Follow this link for all the contest details.