Featuring Kristen McGill Fulton
Kristen, we all know what a gifted writer you are. We would love it, as fellow authors, if you’d share with us a few (everything) secrets to your successful writing.
- Some find just getting started problematic. It’s the blank white page that scares us. How do you begin? Words- I don’t worry about it having a hook at first. I just right down my information and what I want in the beginning. During my first revision, I start making it flow.
- When you are writing, how do you get into your subjects head? Do you put on a costume or anything wild and crazy? I go to youtube and try to find videos about the subject or from that time era (I write nonfiction). Sometimes I even get an accent, writing about a Brit, I will speak with a British accent. I also make a list about the person, who their best friend was or what kind of person that I think the best friend would be.
- What are the hardest parts of writing for you and how often do you press the delete button? Never press delete. Instead I just make a new copy, save the old and fix anything in the new copy. Usually by the time my critique group sees it, I am up to the 30-40 version. By the time my agent sees it; I am close to three digits.
- We know you love to write non-fiction. How do you make sure the information for your books is correct? You can’t always guarantee it, sometimes you find conflicting information. But as a researcher it is our job to follow the most logical explanation. I read everything about the subject that I can get my hands on to, watch everything, you name it. Sometimes you will read something so contradictory that you just know, “there is no flipping way.” Recently in one of my stories, my MC rescued a bunch of people but in another book it says that the people had never been in danger and weren’t even in the same town. But all resources say that the people took up a collection as a thank-you. My obvious thought was, “if they were never in danger and weren’t even in the same town, why would they take up a collection as a thank-you?” This leads me to believe that the second source was wrong.
- Besides vowing to give up writing forever, can you share any secrets on overcoming writer’s block? JUST WRITE- it doesn’t matter whether it is about why you should quit drinking diet coke or your favorite animal- just write. EVERYDAY. Don’t be afraid to put a story away for a few weeks or months and then come back to it.
- Ultimately, good editing is a must. What is your secret process? A good critique group. Meeting in person helps 50x more. With google hangouts, every critique group could set a day to get together. It helps to brainstorm and rework certain sentences.
Kristen Fulton lives in Central Florida with her husband and small herd of dogs. They spend months traveling the US in their RV. Kristen attended 18 conferences in her first year and a half of writing and participated in 7 different online courses. She discovered what worked, and what didn’t, really fast. In July of 2014, Kristen held the first annual WOW (week-of-writing) Retreat with stellar success. The conference for 2015 sold out the first week. Kristen also teaches a nonfiction class titled Nonfiction Archaeology. Discover more at: www.kristenfulton.net