Do you need some inspiration today? Are you frustrated with your writing?
Sit back and let award-winning author and editor Pegg Thomas encourage you (and maybe introduce you to some new writing resources!).
What is your favorite craft book?
My favorite is Writing Deep Viewpoint by Kathy Tyers.
Which do you think is the most underrated craft book? Why?
The dictionary. People seriously need to broaden their vocabularies so their books are less language redundant. There. See how many people have to look that up. 😉 Seriously, you don’t want to flummox the reader, but you don’t want the monotonous repetition of words, either.
What is your favorite (or most anticipated) writers conference?
Maranatha Christian Writers Conference near Muskegon, Michigan. Love it.
What’s your favorite other source (YouTube, podcast, etc.) for writing tips/info?
Who is your writing mentor/inspiration? Why?
My granddad. That man could tell a STORY!
What’s the worst writing advice you’ve ever received? Why was it bad?
Write what you know. Really? How about doing a little research, broadening your horizons, digging deep to know the characters, the setting, and what makes your conflict work? Much better than writing just your viewpoint of your little world.
What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever received?
“That book ain’t gonna write itself.”
What would you say is the best writing tip for new authors?
Go to an in-person writers’ conference. There really is nothing to compare with those for hands-on learning and elbow-rubbing with the professionals in your chosen field. Yes, it costs money, but most forms of education do. And without education, you don’t get very far.
What is your best self-editing tip or advice?
Look for the telling words: saw, felt, heard, thought, imaged, seemed, smelled, etc. and nix every one that you can. Sometimes you can’t—sometimes they are necessary—but most of the time they are just shallow writing.
Please share your most encouraging tip for frustrated/discouraged writers.
The mightiest oak was once just a little nut that held its ground.
Is there anything else you’d like to share?
I’m happy to be one half of 2 Editors for 5 Minutes with my good friend, Karin Beery!
Pegg Thomas lives on a homestead farm in Northern Michigan with Michael, her husband of *mumble* years. They raise chickens and keep a few barn cats, along with Murphy the spoiled rotten dog. When not working or writing, Pegg can be found in her barn, her garden, her kitchen, or sitting at her spinning wheel creating yarn to turn into her signature wool shawls. https://PeggThomas.com