What is your favorite part of being a writer? I love writing practice, when I just pick a topic and do a timed writing on it; and I also love writing the first draft of a story or memoir.
What is your least favorite part? Proofreading.
Name one obstacle you’ve had to overcome. Learning how not to write like a lawyer.
Is there a specific part of your writing you’re working on to improve? I think I can improve all parts of my writing. I hope so.
What does your favorite main character have in common with you? My favorite main character was a father trying to relate to his adult children.
Do you do a lot of research for your projects or do you only write about what you already know? I haven’t written anything yet that I have had to do a lot of research for (except my legal writing), but I would like to. I enjoy research.
How do you use the internet for your writing? For factual data and for promotion.
What one marketing tool have you had good success with? Social networking has sold quite a few books.
What good writing habits have you developed that you think would be helpful to someone starting out? Writing every day, even if it is only for a few minutes. Meticulous proofreading myself, and then submitting my writing to a professional proofreader before submitting it for publication. Also, using beta readers I trust and considering their critiques.
Do you have any bad writing habits that you’d advise writers to avoid? Good question. Hurrying my writing and setting deadlines for myself that are unnecessary.
Do you have any strange writing habits? I like to change the locale of my writing a lot: cafes, home, the beach, on trains, on planes, in my garden, wherever I am. I also carry a notebook around with me at all times and make notes when something occurs to me that I might want to put in a story or the book I am writing or might write in the future.
When you’re not writing, do you read, and if so, what? I read a lot—literary fiction, memoir, mystery and once in a while, fantasy; and once in a while, history and historical novels.
What are you trying to accomplish with/through your writing? Simply self expression and the hope that others will read it and gain something from it.
ADVICE TO OTHER WRITERS
What words of wisdom do you have for young writers? Keep writing, every day, if possible; and finish what your write. Too many novice writers never finish what they write. For that reason, I recommend starting out with writing short stories, if you want to write fiction, or essays if you want to write non-fiction. Then after you have written a dozen or so short pieces, go for the longer piece.
What advice do you have for someone looking to get published? Self publish or submit to small presses. Don’t waste your time submitting to agents. The chances of an unknown author being accepted by an agent are too small, and it takes too long.
Any thoughts on what this author writes? How many books published? Here's a little more information about the author...
How many published books are to your credit? Three.
Do you have an agent? No.
Are you self-published? Yes, for two of my three books
How many different companies have you published with? Three.
How long have you been writing? I’ve been writing about legal topics for 45 years (I’m a retired lawyer), but I have been writing fiction and narrative non-fiction for about five years.
Do you write full-time? Yes.
So, any thoughts? Here's the full scoop:
Boyd's titles include “Digging Deep: A Writer Uncovers His Marriages,” “Unexpected Love and Other Stories” and “Evaluating a Malpractice Case Against a Lawyer.” They're available for purchase at http://www.boydlemon-writer.com/; Amazon.com; BarnsandNoble.com; and Smashwords.com.
What are you working on now? I’m working on promoting my memoir. I’m writing a self-help book about retirement; and every once in a while I take a break and write a piece of short fiction.
Anything else about being a writer that you’d like to share? It is my life’s passion, but I didn’t discover that until I was 65 years old.
More information on Boyd is available at http://www.boydlemon-writer.com/.
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