AUTHORS.me user and writer Vincent J. Sachar delivers his thoughts on the five questions every writers gets — and he gives answers
BY VINCENT J. SACHAR, AUTHORS.me author
Where do you get your ideas?
I laughed aloud when Stephen King mentioned in his book On Writing that this is the one question that he and other writers never ask each other because “none of us know.” Simply stated, we often respond that our ideas come from life all around us. Truth is, I never get a complete idea. I get a seed, a “what if” that then germinates within my mind and begins to form a story.
How do you deal with Writer’s Block?
I heard writer’s block defined as “when your imaginary friends stop speaking to you.” There may be a lot of truth in that. One way in which I have responded, when I seem to be sluggish, is to skip ahead in my writing to a scene that I know I will include and let the connecting chapters flow when they are ready. Another approach is to have more than one project going concurrently.
Have you ever based a book character on a person you actually know?
Most of us would likely say we have never based a character upon a real person, but, let’s face it, we pick up personality characteristics, nuances, manners of speaking, and more from people all around us. We should ask readers which character in our books do they believe most resembles themselves.
Do you outline your novels or just write as you go?
People often wonder how we are able to write an entire novel with its storyline, plot diversions, and twists. Little do they know, we often finish writing something and ask the same question. Yes, some are “plotters” and some are “pantsers”, but all writers do end up looking at our own book with a certain amount of “Where did that come from?”
What does it take to become a writer?
An author can rattle off any number of characteristics ranging from a vivid imagination, a discipline, or a command of language. Truth is, a writer must write. It is amazing how many people I know have told me that they have always intended to write a book. We do not become writers by intending to become one, hoping to be one, planning to be one. Writers write—pure and simple.
Vince is an attorney with a passion for writing. He is an experienced public speaker and also speaks at book events, author panels, and more. Sachar also conducts radio and internet interviews. Vince and his wife, Gwen, also speak at high schools, colleges, and universities. For more: www.vincentsachar.com.