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A warm welcome to author, S.L. Pierce.
Author Bio: S.L. Pierce spent ten years earning a Ph.D. in engineering, only to discover she wanted to write. She currently lives in Colorado with her husband and four children. She is always at work on her next novel.
Does Writing Style Matter? by S.L. Pierce
My co-writer, Maren Kaye, and I have had this discussion several times, both of us wishing we could write like the other. My style is to pound out around a thousand words at a time, as fast as I can. Of course, I have the plot and characters in my head so it's not just nonsense. But, I turn off my internal filter. The one that says 'this is stupid', 'don't write that', 'your dialogue is unrealistic'. I even push punctuation out of my mind. I don't want anything to interfere with the 'flow'. I'm sure you know what I mean if you've ever written anything. The result is that I can write fast but it requires a lot of rewriting/editing later. Maren, on the other hands, worries over every word. She thinks hard about every sentence, every plot point, and every bit of dialogue. She goes over it and over it in her head, then she types and erases a sentence many times before moving on to the next. It may take her 4 or 5 hours to reach 1000 words. But, in her case, the result is a perfect section. Her stuff requires almost no editing.
Though we say we wish we could write like the other, our styles really work well together. My speed pushes her along, and her perfection makes me slow down. In the end, we put out a really good product. So, what do you think? Is one style better than the other? How do you write? Fast with lots of editing, or slow and careful?
Secrets by S.L. Pierce
Secrets...we all have them
A former government assassin...
Two men who weren't supposed to be seen together...
A cop who won't let go...
High tech industrial espionage....
Secrets is a fast paced thriller that will keep you guessing to the very end.
Gwen Michaels moved to California two years ago to start fresh, hoping her past could stay secret forever. But when a hired killer shows up, she assumes her cover is blown. When it turns out the man knows nothing of her past, the search is on for who wants her dead, and why.
Complete list of works by S.L. Pierce:
The Hate, 2011, 978-1-4580-4598-0
Secrets, 2011, 978-1-4580-7953-4
The Devil's Game, 2011, 978-1-4661-9097-9
You can pick up S.L. Pierce's books at:
Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords
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Thanks for visiting with us, S.L.!
Thee questions are from cgbarbeau (twitter) Caroline Gerardo via twitter:
How do you balance it all? Been pirated yet?
Great questions. I'll take the easy one first. I don't think I've been pirated yet. I set up a few google alerts to check but beyond that I don't know where to begin searching. So hopefully I haven't. And if I have, can I do anything about it? Is ignorance bliss? Knowing me, I would want to know:)
How do I balance it all? For those that don't know, I have four kids age 7,6,4,and 3. Or, within the next six weeks they will be 8,7,5, and 3. Yes, I have my hands full and yes, it is really hard to find a balance. Part of the balancing is easy - I can't write when the kids are home/awake. I have to concentrate and they never leave me alone for more than a couple of minutes. So it's a matter of saying 'I have two hours right now and will use them to write' and then doing it, of course. Once I quit fighting that fact, I was much less stressed. Discipline is a big part also. That one I am still working on. I'm sure I would have another book done by now if I were more disciplined.