The Habit of Writing


2016-01-26 12.37.27-2  I had the honor of being on an author panel at a library that’s working to provide programs for patrons. And so, our merry panel of 5 published authors, 1 of whom was absent due to her dad being rushed to the ER that morning, gathered together and endeavored to “show” other writers what our writing journeys and lives were like. The Q&A was informative and helpful to us, and we hope, to them, too. We had a crowd of almost 30 attendees and I met two authors who are new to me, but hopefully, will remain connected in this web called “writing.”

Nancy Haddock is an author with several successful traditionally published mystery series and she was the coordinator and moderator for the event. Her engaging warmth put everyone at ease and soon we were well into it!

Amy Atwell, a historical romance author with more than 100,000 books sold, is traditionally and indie published. She spoke candidly about her publishing journey and about the growing opportunities in the romance genres.

Lauren Makarov is the author of the unique and powerful non-fiction book, REFLECTING ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, an encouraging guide and companion for survivors of domestic violence, published by a small press and sold nationally. A psychologist with a degree in criminology, Lauren has been working with women affected by domestic violence for her entire career. And she told us she’s got a lot of fiction to get finished up, now that REFLECTING is done and on the market.

I tackled mysteries and short stories, my journey through romance short fiction into mystery short fiction into Private Investigator novels. And, I touched on the new term, “crime fiction,” the latest marketing catchall for mystery, suspense, and thriller books.

We all mentioned the importance of writing a damned good book; about having it professionally edited and proofread; about getting professional assistance for covers, websites or whatever is needed; about being patient to build sales. And every single one of us, without any prior knowledge of each other or our talks, mentioned how important it is to WRITE EVERY DAY. There simply is no better way for most of us to develop the habit of writing.

A friend of mine, a prolific and talented author by the name of April Kilhstrom taught me years ago to take advantage of every possible free moment to write. If you can’t devote hours every day, devote 15 minutes every day. The time and the location are not nearly as important as strengthening your writing muscle and discipline.


So, what are you waiting for??

Keep writing and reading – you will grow far! Nancy Q.


About NL Quatrano

Award-winning author, speaker, editor and ghost writer, Nancy owns a full-time editing, writing and specialty publishing business: On-Target Words/WC Publishing. Volunteer/member of professional writing organizations including Florida Writers Assoc., Sisters in Crime, and AWAI. 2010 Professional Woman of the Year by the NAPW. Linked in Editor Pick May 2013. International Women's Leadership Association nominee for Outstanding Leadership 2014.
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