Q: How do you become a writer?
A: You read books. You act like a writer by writing.
One the one hand I am posting an article by and an interview with Molly Ringwald for my brother who found her then as now heart-thumpingly, breathtakingly stunning.
On the other hand I am writing this post because it has valuable tips on how to write.
Start here: click here to read John Williams interview with Ringwald on the subject of her newest novel, "When It Happens To You." Highlights:
- Writing and acting require an ability to understand a character.
- Our human flaws make us human and create the good/evil duality.
- Universal values speak to all of us.
- While mothering may give a writer an edge on parenthood, note all the successful authors who never personally experienced their characters' lives.
- Which writers have influenced you?
Then, click here to read Ringwald's Opinion piece, Act Like a Writer, with tips and exercises on finding and developing your character. Excerpt.
"Our job, as the cast [of The Breakfast Club], was to find the humanity in the stereotypes that we had been assigned, to show that we were all suffering in our own way and searching for our way out. In the end, that way out is through connection, another lesson I’ve carried through my life and in what I have chosen to explore in fiction."