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Melissa DeCarlo

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Melissa DeCarlo Hi Toni! Thanks for asking!

Like lots of writers I wrote stories and poems as a kid, but I was about 32 or 33 before I really started doing what I…more
Hi Toni! Thanks for asking!

Like lots of writers I wrote stories and poems as a kid, but I was about 32 or 33 before I really started doing what I thought of as serious hope-to-be-published writing. I worked at it for a few years, but after producing two and a half terrible novels and only having a couple of short stories published, I got frustrated with the whole thing and quit writing when I was about 40.

For seven years I took up visual art as a hobby and didn't write anything but Christmas cards and grocery lists. But I always missed writing, and in 2009 I heard about NaNoWriMo and signed up on a whim. (National Novel Writing Month--google it if you're interested. It's nuts!) The novel (if you could even call it that) I produced that November was truly craptastic, but the process had reminded me of what I used to love about writing back before I got so focused on publication.

So in mid 2010 I started working on this book--just for fun. I joined a writer's workshop and scene by scene got a first draft produced by late 2011. And now here it is 2015 and the book is only now coming out—although not all of this time was been spent writing. There are lots of lag-times built into the publishing process!

As far as the "considered yourself to be a writer" part? Hmmm. I only changed my facebook job-status to writer a couple of months ago. Ha!
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Melissa DeCarlo My definition of flat characters are ones that never surprise me, ones that think or do or say exactly what I’d expect them to in a given situation.

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My definition of flat characters are ones that never surprise me, ones that think or do or say exactly what I’d expect them to in a given situation.

As far as how I make real-seeming characters? I think the most important thing is to resist the temptation to nail your plot down too tightly before you create your characters. If you do, you’ll have to make characters up to fit existing holes, and that makes it hard to let them act in surprising and interesting ways. I like to leave enough wiggle room in the details of my story that I can turn some quirky characters loose and just gently herd them toward the finish. It causes me extra work because sometimes things get things off track, but to me it’s worth it because oddballs are much more fun to write (and read) about.
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“There is no such thing as magic," she told me. "You can b e l i e v e all you want, but it's never going to do you any good. Nobody flies. We only fall”
Melissa DeCarlo, The Art of Crash Landing

“As far as I'm concerned, there are two types of people in this world: people like Queeg who, when life gives them lemons make lemonade, and everyone else. And although those smug lemonade-makers think the rest of us just sit around all day day bitching about not getting oranges, they're wrong. It's all about volume. When you're ass-deep in lemons, you start looking for a shovel, not a pitcher and a cup of sugar”
Melissa DeCarlo, The Art of Crash Landing

“I don’t know what she thinks a Matilda looks like, but I’ve always thought that I look a little like Gene Wilder, except with longer hair and a vagina.”
Melissa DeCarlo, The Art of Crash Landing: A Novel

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