For me, Charles Dickens made me want to be a writer. In the first chapter of GREAT EXPECTATIONS, Dickens describes how Pip makes up images of his dead parents in his head, by nothing more than the shape of the letters on their tombstones.
In every book, Dickens always manages to capture my attention from page one, something I find wonderful and vital. There is nothing worse than having to struggle through the first chapter of a book. We've all done it. When I read a shiny new book and see the images in my head right away, I know I'm hooked--immediate connection. I want to connect with readers like that!
I've told you my "road to publication" tragedies and triumphs. What are yours and what are YOUR great expectations?
1. What book and/or author inspired you to write?
2. Why did you feel so inspired?
3. What is the hardest and/or best part about your road to publication? Where do you see your writing future going?
xoxo -- Hilary