Author Inspiration and Last Week’s Writing Links

Ciao, amici! It’s almost the 31st. When I think Halloween, I think horror. And when I think horror, I think of the master—Stephen King. 

It’s not like he doesn’t have a ton of awesome book quotes to choose from—some frightening, some funny, some profound. I thought this one was appropriate for us:

Reading a good long novel is in many ways
like having a long and satisfying affair. 

King is also famous for saying you can’t be a good writer if you aren’t a voracious reader (paraphrased). So, with NaNo approaching, why not consider reading to prepare for your writing, then writing a long novel that your readers will hate to walk away from? I’ve been writing like crazy this week, and I know I’m hoping readers will love and cherish my work.

And now, last week’s writing links:

Posts by me, about my work, or at sites I contribute to:


Story Empire

Romance University

Posts by others in the industry:

And when you’re done with these links, don’t forget to check out the sidebar, where you’ll find more links to some of my favorite sites.

Have a great week! Arrivederci!

35 thoughts on “Author Inspiration and Last Week’s Writing Links

  1. When a writer says she’s (or he’s) writing like crazy, I want to jump up and cheer. The joy of that is so contagious, Staci. I wish you the best on your project. And thanks so much for the follow. It’s about time we connected directly. Have a great week!

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  2. A brilliant long book doesn’t feel like one … these are the books that fly by, where you’re fully immersed in the world that towards the end you read slower and never want to say goodbye to your new friends!

    Great thoughts and links, Staci … I can never get enough of reading and always open a new book with a sense of adventure! 😀

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  3. Happy Halloween! Long books? Depends on the book. If it intrigues me enough, I’ll read through it. If it’s something droning, like Moby Dick, forget it. These days, as I try to spend time creating, I still read, but my time seems far more limited than it used to be. Or did someone shorten the days when I wasn’t looking??

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    • Oh, my gosh! Moby Dick is impossible to read. It puts me to sleep. I think it was the one book I was required to read in high school that I never quite finished. How on earth is it a classic?

      And I’m with you… someone is messing with time.

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  4. I have to admit that’s something that’s tough to accomplish, both from a reader’s standpoint and a writer’s. I find most long books (not all) to be repetitious. It’s hard to keep up my interest when the writer keeps rehashing the same events in their mind.
    And for my books, I tend to write lean. I haven’t discovered a happy medium, yet 🙂

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    • I’m the opposite, Jacquie. The longer, the better. I feel like I’m getting a better deal for my money when I read a long book. And I usually have no trouble writing a long novel, either. I usually look for things that are safe to cut!

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  5. A great quote, and I positively love the graphic image you created. I also happen to agree with Mr. King about reading. One can never devour enough books!

    Happy almost Halloween!

    P.S. love the new side bar look. Very clean. One of these days I must update the look of my site.

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