I love stories.

I listen to them. I watch them on TV, videos, or movies. I read them.

And I write them.

I’ve written almost every kind of story there is. Mystery, romance, confession, science fiction, fantasy, paranormal, horror, and every other kind I can think of and garnered a couple prizes and ‘best-selling’ author designations along the way.

I’ve written short stories, novellas, and novels.

In the process I’ve learned that my favorite stories are science fiction and paranormal. Preferably the two combined.

My stories are always clean, they are always either contemporary or near future, they always have at least a slight romantic element, and they always end happily. Always. Guaaranteed. (Okay, two short stories, ‘The River Boy’ and ‘Down From The Mountain’ have endings that might not be considered completely happy. Maybe just somewhat happy. You decide.)

Check out the covers below and see what you think. And have a happy, happy day.

MOST RECENT: PUBLISHED OR WILL BE PUBLISHED SOON

What is the best writing advice you ever received?

The best writing advice I ever received was to approach writing as a profession and not as the endeavor of an amateur.

Professionals hone whatever skill they have to create a product that people will want badly enough to give some of their pay/time/effort/lives/etc in order to enjoy it. As they create, they think of other peoples’ wants and needs first and set aside their own wants and needs until they are finished.

Amateurs, on the other hand, think of themselves first, last, and only. They write to exorcise demons, become famous, dabble in the creative arts, stretch their minds, or for any of a thousand other reasons that have to do with themselves instead of others. Their reasons may be good ones and possibly necessary for them and may fulfill some inner need but they do not lead to the creation of the kind of professional work that belongs in the larger world.

It was good advice when I received it and it’s still good advice.

3 responses to “What is the best writing advice you ever received?”

  1. Thanks for that information Florence. I think I will adopt the professional approach with my writing. 🙂

  2. That sounds like they gave you good advice and it really sounds like good advice to me also. Thank you for sharing this advice Florence. ❤ 🙂

  3. Hi All,

    Glad to see that I’m actually saying things people can relate to! We readers and writers have got to stick together and read and write good stuff!

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