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5 Writing Tips From Chelsea Cain

by Bryan Thomas Schmidt

In a recent guest post for Publisher’s Weekly, bestselling author Chelsea Cain offers 5 Writing Tips for aspiring writers. Known for her thrillers featuring Det. Archie Sheridan and serial killer Gretchen Lowell, Cain’s books include HeartsickSweetheartEvil at Heart, and the latest, Kill You Twice.  Engrossing page turners, the first two novels in the series were listed in Stephen King’s Top Ten Books of the Year in Entertainment Weekly.

Raised in Bellingham, Washington, outside Seattle, Chelsea also spent her early years on an Iowa commune. The true story of the capture of the Green River Killer led to the idea for her Sheridan/Lowell series. Cain’s tips sometimes buck “common wisdom,” but she’s speaking from the heart to encourage writers who might feel boxed in by such seemingly arbitrary rules and the obstacles they present. Cain’s tips are as follows, but for more detail, see the PW article here.

1. You won’t make a living writing until you learn to write when you don’t want to.

2. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel.
3. Always remember that you are the boss.
4. Write the stuff that makes you feel nervous. 
5. Details are not created equally. 


Bryan Thomas Schmidt is an author and editor of adult and children’s science fiction, fantasy and humor books, short stories and articles. A frequent contributor to blogs like SFSignal, Adventures In SF Publishing, Grasping For The Wind and To Be Read, he also hosts Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer’s Chat under the hashtag #sffwrtcht on Twitter and blogs about writing and creativity on his own blog at Connect With Bryan On Google+

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