I love reading or watching interviews with writers. I particularly enjoy hearing what writers have to say about writing...or getting started in writing. Stephen King wrote a book called, On Writing, that is one of my favorites. It is an honest, funny, sometimes exasperating telling of the long road toward publication for this bestselling author.
Another book, How I Got Published, is a collection of the magic moments and the interesting paths some of the most recognizable authors experienced as young writers. I recommend both of them.
Something that almost EVERY author says is an indispensible aspect of the writing life? Reading...voraciously.
You always hear that, but its true. I've met so many writers that say they never read. Never read? What? That's like an artist saying they never look at paintings...uh, no.
I am a wife and mother. I homeschool six kids. I like to watch movies and I have a terrible addiction to Stumble Upon!...don't ask. But taking time out to read a good book or even a bad one, is important to grow as a writer.
Figuring out first hand what works and what doesn't, as in, "Wow, this story really stinks!" Or..."What in the...how did they do that?"
In closing, I leave you with one of the most inspiring and humorous quotes. It is from Stephen King...
Now Go Write...or, READ!