Hi…I hope that you are all having a peaceful evening. Or day.
I always look forward to reading KillZone‘s James Scott Bell‘s Sunday post. I found yesterday’s particularly interesting for Bell wrote about a talk he was giving while Sue Grafton was in the audience. Many of you might know Grafton as the author of the alphabetical series. Her female hard-boiled private investigator, Kinsey Millhone, was first introduced in A is for Alibi.
Grafton is now at W.
Bell asked Grafton how she makes the magic happen book after book.
Grafton gets her MoJo running by keeping a Novel Journal. She begins by taping into how she’s feeling and how she feels about her writing at that moment. The Novel Journal is, according to Grafton, “her most valuable tool.” Click herefor more on this informative post.
And, for an interesting peek into how Grafton uses the Writing Journal click here.
But Grafton also was the editor of Writing Mysteries – a collection of advice from some of Mystery Writers of America’s most successful writers. It is an excellent book for anyone looking for a road map to writing mysteries and Grafton’s introduction as editor is filled with generous wisdom about writing.