E. Kaiser writes

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How do you maximize your writing time?

 I find the biggest killer of progress with my writing isn't time, (though we all like to say that it is! ;-) ) but uncertainty. If I know what's going to happen, and that it should happen, the words flow out easily. If I have a confidence crisis and don't know what to do, or what ought to be done, I get so stuck!!! I can spend weeks in stuck-gear... and at that point going to bed is the best option. Once I get my rest back up, my creative muscle gets emboldened, and I can make tough decisions swiftly, as if knowing what ought to be. 
   Then I can race forward on writing, with the story coming almost of its own accord.

What should an aspiring writer work on?


 Doing the stuff you intend to make your characters do. Seriously, people, please do all the impressionable minds out there a favor and actually do your homework on this. 

  (Can't experiment with time travel? Okay, I'll give you that one.)

  But have you ever walked anywhere in your life? If you're planning on writing a book with any amount of walking, (and I'm looking at you, fantasy authors) pick a destination and walk to it. Take notes: speed, feels, actually arriving somewhere. 

  Then walk BACK: yeah, that return trip can be a killer. Now you know how walking feels, and can write appropriately. 


  This should be "required doing" for all books that involve characters walking places. I'm in a book right now, where the characters walk and walk, bypassing domesticated animals wandering around after a tragedy. WHAT??? 

  Grab those critters and ride, folks! Come on! I call foul. (Oh, and most of the characters are wounded.) That sound you heard? Yep. Me internally screaming.

What's your writing advice to aspiring writers?

 First off, just write. That's the biggest thing, and something too many people overlook. The very act of writing is something that needs to be practiced, just like walking of running, and the more you do it, the smoother the result. When writing fiction you should always be on the lookout for things from real life to incorporate into your worlds to make them more believable and also unique. You know they say "Fact is stranger than fiction?" this is true. So steal from fact all the time, it will spark up your fiction to no end.

Often a beginning writer will start a plot-line, spend all their time working on  the plot-line, and then when they have a 'falling out of love" moment with that plot-line, they will sit and do nothing, thinking that if they're not writing on that they shouldn't write on anything. I think this is a mistake.
 A beginning writer should be writing every second they have, just playing with sentences. Words are your paint, so try mixing them up when your holding the line on the phone, or waiting in the car.
  Just grab some words and put them together, rearrange them, toss some out, bring new ones in. Playing "words" with yourself is the best way to get your mind in the groove of verbal agility, and it will build up a wealth of invisible knowledge that can come to your aid later on when you're in a pinch.
How long have you been writing, and why did you start?

 I wrote my first piece at seven; it was from a dream I'd had. I have always had an active imagination, and active dreams, and my family didn't always want to hear about them. That particular day Mom said, "Why don't you write it down?" just to get me out of her hair, I suppose. So I did.
What inspires you to write?

 I have a head full of stories from every sort of source, but my close fans are what get, (and keep!) me inspired to write. It’s a long haul, and gets very dark and lonely feeling in the middle of that tunnel, but having friendly voices cheering me on is what pulls me through to the other side!
What is the most rewarding part about writing for you?
 I love the emotional rush that comes when I'm allowing these characters, settings and actions pour out of my head onto the page. It's like an adrenaline high, and after a particularly good session I'll be so hyped I have trouble going to bed. That is a huge part of why I write; and what made me write even before I had anyone who "liked" what I did. I kept doing it purely for this rush.
Second, the warm fuzzy feeling I get now when Abi reads a finished scene and gets all excited about it. That is completely sweet, and there's nothing in the world like it. To know that something I created has made an impression like that is just staggering and humbling at the same time. I love that moment.
I even love it when she keeps us awake late into the night for months afterward, going on and on about the worlds I've written. Since my first novel came out, (Jeweler's Apprentice) I've heard back from readers who are also older sisters, and they are being kept awake at night while their siblings talk excitedly about my characters, and I love that, too!
Thirdly, the feeling of accomplishment and finality when I've ground out the work it takes to finish a full manuscript... that is a mixed bag of emotions, but the sense of fulfillment is very, very satisfying. 

I've got a lot of "lost tales", as do most writers, I think. Now I'm bothered by them and want to go back and finish them up... even though I am still getting new ideas! Still, I think I'm going to try to balance the two, and bring to fruition the gems of the pile, so to speak.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Who can say! I do know that many people will still love stories that live in their head. And many will also love creating them. So how those groups get together is anybody’s guess… but the imagination lives forever!