Stories have arcs. Characters have arcs. Writers have arcs. We write, we get better at our craft. We read, we get better at our craft. We interact with other writers, we get better at our craft. The Arc of a Writer is a blog about writing. Visit regularly for thoughts, ideas, and information about writing. Whether you are a professional writer or just starting out. Hobby or career. We are all in this together. Welcome.

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Writers Should... Write every day...

Use prompts to get yourself writing. Don't edit. Give yourself a set amount of time. 5-15 minutes is fine! Write from your own voice or write from a character. Learn something new about what you are currently working on. Use it in your work or just get yourself writing.

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Spotlight On: Where are they now?

I decided for the hot, lazy month of August, I'd get myself motivated to work a little harder by checking in with some of the amazing authors I've interviewed over the years, and find out what they've been up to.

Given the long list of new books, workshops, and trips abroad these writers have created since their interviews, I'd say I've got my motivation.

Check back each week to find out what other writers I've caught up with!

Author Updates

Some writers get to work and live in paradise. Here's an update with one of those lucky authors, Honolulu's own...
Deborah Turrell Atkinson.
I have started a new series, starring a new character.  The first book is finished (I'm calling it IMPACT ZONE).  Never a dull moment.  Meanwhile, I'm working on the second in the new series. (The following is from Elena) Deborah continues to teach with the Jackson Hole Writers Conference, where I had the genuine pleasure of her feedback on one of my manuscripts. This is also one of my favorite writers conferences! Great teachers, writers, agents, and editors and one of the most beautiful locations you could possibly visit.

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Sometimes we forget authors are people too -- and have big exciting life events,
 which aren't about their writing careers. 
Here's one of my favorite "life" updates, from author 
Elise Stephens.

Since [the interview], I wrote Forecast, a YA Urban Fantasy about a fifteen year old boy who embraces the ability to see into the future in order to save his family. I also gave birth to my first baby two weeks after the release of my second book. I affectionately termed the book and the baby "twins" during this process. :) I am now learning to juggle being a mama and making time to write so that I can maintain my passion and my sanity. My current project in-the-works is a children's fantasy about a young boy living in 1950s Ireland who discovers a dragon egg. This summer I completed Orson Scott Card's Literary Boot Camp, in which I studied with OSC and 11 other students for a week in North Carolina. It was a fantastic experience. I'm also still posting my field notes from the Creative Republic on my blog at www.elisestephens.com and interacting with people on Facebook (Author Elise Stephens) and twitter (@elisestephens).

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One of my earliest interviews back in 2010 with New York Times Bestselling Author, 
I caught up with Bob over email, he's been a very busy writer!

Well, since [2010] I’ve published two more books in the David Sloane series, Murder One and The Conviction.  I’ve continued to teach around the country, started my own four day writing seminar, TheNovelintensive.com, and made a trip to Paris for pure fun.  I’m excited that my new novel, My Sister’s Grave will be published this November, with a sequel to follow and about two new dates for my seminars as well as an October 2015 seminar in Tuscany, Italy through the Pacific Northwest Writers Association.

You can find Robert Dugoni on his websiteFacebook, and twitter @RobertDugoni

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Continuing with the mystery writers, one of the funniest authors
I've had the pleasure of interviewing, is 
Like Robert Dugoni, she's done a lot of work since April 2011, when I first had her on my blog.

Since you interviewed me, I completed Through a Yellow Wood and then abandoned the idea of a third in the Devil’s Harbor series and instead wrote No Substitute for Maturity, third in the Subbing isn’t for Sissies series. I was making notes for a fourth in that series when my dreams took me back to Hemlock Lake and the plot of a third book, The Devil’s Tombstone. It’s a dark book, and long (500 pages or so) and I think it will be the last in the series. I’m finishing up the first draft now and hope to have it out before the end of the year. Then I’ll definitely write a fourth Substitute book. Cheese Puff (the protagonist’s entitled dog) has more fans than I do and they let me know they want to see more of him.

In the meantime, I turned 66 and made the decision to let my hair go gray. To my hairdresser’s dismay, I allowed it to grow out naturally so the line of demarcation has been clearly visible. I can’t change the process of aging, so I’ll flaunt it.

You can find Carolyn J Rose on her websiteFacebook, and twitter @CarolyJRose

Check back Next Week for another Writer Update