Advice to Writers

In the writing room!

In the writing room!

Here’s a wee bit from the opening of my interview:

How did you become a writer? A deceptively complicated question. Does one ‘become’ a writer, or is one born a writer? I’ve written ever since I was a kid, a great deal of bad poetry in my twenties, which was wisely refused by all the best lit mags. I stopped writing when my career as an alcoholic reached its pinnacle in my mid-late thirties, however, and it wasn’t until I got sober on March 21, 1995 that I began writing anything even remotely publishable. It was then I realized I couldn’t simply sit down as free-write and expect it to be any good. I had to study. I had to learn the craft and practice, just as a great pianist must practise, or a brain surgeon, or a carpenter. It took time. It took effort. None of that mattered. I simply couldn’t imagine doing anything else for an extended period of time.

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  1. Naomi on February 26, 2014 at 7:32 am

    I really enjoyed this interview! Inspiring, helpful, and realistic. I’m looking forward to your new book!

    • Lauren B. Davis on February 26, 2014 at 9:11 am

      Thanks, Naomi. Titles! Aaargh. “Orphans?” “The Rune & the Cross?” “The Owl & the Cross?” “The Owl Woman?” “The Owl’s Woman?” I despair! 😉

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