Q and A with USA Today Bestselling Author Samantha LaFantasie
Q&A With USA Today Bestselling Author Samantha LaFantasie
Sometimes it can be tough staying motivated as an indie author (or aspiring author!). How do we make progress? Can we really keep up with our writing schedules? And more importantly, how do we set our goals and attain them?
USA Today bestselling author Samantha LaFantasie shares some writerly tips on motivation and getting "in the zone" when it comes to writing.
Q. Staying motivated! Sometimes I'll write something that I like and look at it again and think it's total crap. Any suggestions or tips on how to stay motivated and avoid chucking everything in the bin? Any mantras meditation or exercises you would suggest?
Samantha: We all have days when we feel like we’re on fire (the good kind) with our writing, only to go back later and think every word written is proverbial crap. The key to this is to never take your own word for it, push on, and keep writing. Seriously, we’re all our own worst critics when it comes to writing.
Here are a few things that help me avoid tossing every word into the recycle bin:
- Get a critique group.
This should be a small number of people (say, 3-5) that you trust with your Works in Progress. They can, and will, read every word and provide constructive criticism on what is written. That means, they should be able to tell you what works for them and what doesn’t, but in a way that is helpful and not demeaning. A lot of times, these should be fellow authors and/or avid readers. Later on, these could become your alpha/beta readers and/or your street team. Heck, maybe even your first ever diehard fans!
- Put it on the “back burner” for a few days.
What I mean by this is: move forward with your writing. Continue pushing forward. If something doesn’t feel right to you, often times (at least for me) the answer will become known as you progress in the story and you can then go back and fix whatever didn’t fit or sound right.
- Listen to music.
I often have channels or a list of music specific to the overall feel or emotion that I want to convey during a story. Each of my stories have different music (though sometimes, I reuse other songs as I deem necessary). Sometimes, if your scene seems off, it’s the emotion or any one of the other senses.
- Never delete!
Even if you decide what you have is utter nonsense and shouldn’t see the light of day EVER, you should always keep it. Chances are, these are good fodder for other stories, or for articles to show growth, or even little extras for your fans to read. Sometimes, it’s also good to keep in mind the deleted scenes when you are taking notes on story progression. You never know when the hidden gem of a plot bunny becomes the key to your next bestseller.
Be that packrat with your words. You’ll thank me (and even yourself) later.
ABOUT SAMANTHA LAFANTASIE
Hailing from Kansas City, Missouri, Samantha LaFantasie spends her free time chasing her three kids and dog named Fido. Writing has always been a passion of hers, as she’s foregone all other desires in order to devote herself to this one obsession, even though she often finds herself arguing with her characters through much of the process. She’s primarily a fantasy writer but often feels pulled to genres such as sci-fi, romance, and others. Samantha became a bestselling author with the Pandora Box Set (which included Made to Forget: Nepherium Novella series—Part One) on both Amazon and USA Today.
Samantha loves to take time to enjoy other activities such as photography and playing her favorite game of all time, Guild Wars 2.