Here is a cool blog post from Jean Lauzier, author of “Dragons of jade.” Check it out.
I’m so excited to be here, thanks for having me.
One of the great things about being a writer is the reading. And one of the great things about reading is finding a story so awesome that you get lost in it and forget everything going on around you. As a young reader, I loved the Black Stallion books by Walter Farley. (I was going through a horse phase.) As I got older, I read a lot of Stephen King, Zane Grey, and just about anything I could get my hands on. These authors led me into worlds they created and I went willingly. That escape is what inspires me to write. It’s what I want to give those who read my books.
Now, as an adult and writer, I look back and try to figure out just how they accomplished this feat so I can recreate it in my own writing. I also love books on writing. Probably the ones that influenced me most are Plot and Structure by James Scott Bell and The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler. In fact, the best piece of advice I could give a beginning writer is to get these two books.
Another bit of advice is to find the writing process that works for you. For example, I’m a combination of plotter and seat of the pants writer. I need to know some of the main points of the story before I start the actual writing, but I don’t like knowing every little detail from the start. I like being surprised too.
When writing Dragons of Jade, I was in the seat of the pants stage and as I wrote along, a character opened a door and a dog ran in the house. I didn’t want a dog in the story so deleted him and continued on. Not much later, the door opened again and in came the dog. This time he refused to be deleted and had a name, so I let him stay. It turns out he was important to the story. As a strict outliner, he might not have shown up and the story might be less because of that.
One of the most important things for a writer to do is write. Write a lot. And that is what I’m doing. Right now, I’m working on a sequel to Dragons of Jade. I hadn’t planned on a sequel but after being asked for one many times, I pondered on it and discovered there was more to the story. I’m excited to get back with the characters and in the world. I’m also editing a mystery novel that, hopefully, will be out in several months. There are several short stories in various stages I’m working on along with another fantasy novel. In fact, you can find a preview of it at the end of Dragons of Jade.
You can find more about my writing on my blog at http://jeanlauzier.com . Also, connect with me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/jeanlauzier2319 and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/jeanlauzier .
If you’d like to grab your own copy of Dragons of Jade, you can find it on Amazon at http://amzn.to/1Dlw8Ap .
Jean Lauzier started out writing short stories and had quite a few published in online magazines such as Long Story Short, Crimson Dagger, Wax Romantic, Mysterical-e, and many other places that don’t exist now. She’s also won several short story writing contests (once, she took 2nd place in NETWO’s contest) and placed in numerous others.
Jean plays in many different genres. She has a western time travel serial that is online titled I Wish…, a romance serial (also online) titled Where the Heart is, along with a short, mystery story collection, Six Pack of Murder. Her first novel, Dragons of Jade, made its debut April 1st of this year.
Jean lives in Longview where she is the president of Longview’s East Texas Writer’s Association. At home, she divides her time between hubby, kids, 2 Dobermans, training the cat, bonsai trees, and writing.