Thursday, July 17, 2008

AN AWESOME AUTHOR: Daniel Waters (Day 2)

Here is Day 2 with Daniel Waters. Today he will be giving young writers some great advice and you will get to learn more about who Daniel Waters is.
Author’s Advice

What is some advice you can give teens on creating a plot that is complete with out any “loose ends”?
Ha! I’m probably one of the worst people in the world to answer this question, because I like loose ends, both as a reader and a writer. I also like red herrings, macguffins, the unknown, the unexpected, the unexplained, and the unresolved. And ambiguity! I like putting a book down and be left thinking about the “off-camera” aspects of the story. What was that character thinking? Why were there so many birds in that book? What happened to Holden after he told his story? Etc. Life is messy and doesn’t usually wrap things up with a pretty bow. Most endings look like beginnings to me.

Is there any other advice you would like to give to them?
Write and read every day. Learn to take criticism without being crushed or elated by it, but if you need to lean to one side, be elated. Learn to take a punch and learn not to throw one.

About the Author

What type of music do you listen to?
Just about everything, but I’m an unreformed and unrepentant metalhead at heart. I go through phases. Right now I’ve been listening to a great deal of psychedelic music from the sixties.

What are two things that not everyone knows about you?
I used to shout in a heavy metal band. I have a nasty crossover dribble.

What is your writing environment like?
Usually, a cluttered sunroom office. My record collection lines the walls, incense is burning. I wrote most of Generation Dead in a library and a local Papa Gino’s, so I still go to those places to write when I need a change of venue.

What made you want to become a YA author?
I didn’t set out to be a YA author initially, just an author. That said, I’m thrilled to be an author of YA books.

Click here to read Day 1.