I would like to welcome, Roger Eschbacher to my blog today to take part in my new writers series. I met Roger through social media and he is a B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree!
Why do you write?
The short answer is that I write because I have to. The longer answer is that I’ve always enjoyed telling stories and writing gives me an opportunity to do that.
How has writing impacted your life?
I earn a large percentage of my living as a writer (primarily through TV animation) so it impacts my life quite a bit. Also, I’ve met a lot of really nice people—from fellow authors, to readers, to book bloggers—who I consider my friends even though I may not have met them in person.
What advice would you give to beginner writers?
I’ll approach this question from the “How do I get started?” angle. First, read a lot of books. Every one of my author friends is an avid reader. Decide which kind of books you like to read the most (for me it’s fantasy and sci fi) and concentrate on reading lots of those kinds of books. You’ll not only be doing this for fun, but also to learn different ways to put a book together—the right and wrong ways to tell a story.
Once you are well-versed in the type of book you’d like to write, start writing. By that I mean, stop coming up with excuses not to write (“What if it’s terrible?” “I just don’t have the time right now.”) If your first draft is “terrible,” you can fix it later. You do have the time, you just have to organize your schedule better. Write for an hour instead of vegging out in front of the tube, for example. Set a daily goal of a couple hundred words and do your best to stick to it. You’ll be surprised at how quickly it adds up.
In short, stop making excuses and start writing.
Roger Eschbacher is an Emmy Award nominated television animation writer who’s worked for Disney, Warner Brothers, Nickelodeon, The Hub, and Cartoon Network. In addition to Giantkiller, the sequel to Dragonfriend, his debut middle-grade fantasy adventure novel, he’s also contributed Undrastormur, a Norse tale of troublesome trolls to Wonderstorms, a fantasy anthology.
Born in St. Louis, Missouri, he now lives in California with his family and two crazy Border Terriers.
To learn more about Roger and his books, please visit his blog (www.rogereschbacher.com ), like his Amazon Author Page (http://goo.gl/9JA6Z3 ), his Facebook Author Page (https://www.facebook.com/RogerEschbacherBooks ), or follow him on Twitter (https://twitter.com/RogerEschbacher ).