I would like to welcome E.J. Copperman author of the recently released Edited Out
What are common traps for aspiring writers?
Not writing because they think they “don’t have the time.” If you want to write, you have the time. Stopping because one agent turned you down. Thinking they’re “aspiring writers.” There’s no such thing. If you write, you’re a writer. You can be an aspiring published author.
Does a big ego help or hurt writers?
It depends on the writer. I couldn’t write if I had a big ego because I’d forget to consider the reader. Some writers couldn’t get a paragraph down without a healthy ego because they wouldn’t believe in themselves.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
I don’t have one. Except maybe Kryptonite. I’ve never run into any of that.
Do you think someone could be a writer if they don’t feel emotions strongly?
There are countless writers. Many of them are very emotional. Some aren’t. You can’t generalize like that. What works for me might be the worst thing for you and vice versa.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
Many of my friends are writers, both for the page and the screen. They provide an outlet for my writing vents. I’m not sure they’ve had any effect on my writing specifically but they are wonderful people and I’m glad I got into this business just so I could meet them.
What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
There was this two-dollar bill I liked a lot.
What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?
Nightwork by Irwin Shaw. What a great storyteller, but nobody remembers this one.
How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
Not that many. One that my agent is shopping around now, another that nobody likes but me. I’ve never started a novel and not finished it except for one that’s all of two pages long but I intend to get back to it soon.
What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
I avoid research like the plague. If anyone’s looking for accurate information in my books, they should look elsewhere. I do Google the occasional fact to make sure I’m not embarrassing myself.
How many hours a day do you write?
An hour or two at most. But I write every day of every week, weekends included.
What did you edit outof this book?”
I honestly don’t remember.
How do you select the names of your characters?
I hate naming characters. I’d change every character name I ever wrote but then I’d have to come up with new ones and I’d hate those so it really wouldn’t be that helpful. I usually go by sound.
If you didn’t write, what would you do for work?
That’s a great question. I can’t think of anything else I’m qualified to do.
Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
I write 1000 words a day, every day. My novels tend to come in around 80,000 words, so less than three months per book. But I never skip a day when I’m working on a book, which is most of the time.
Some books by E. J. Copperman