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Monday, February 19, 2018

Following Her Writing Instincts

“The sky is always beautiful. Even when it’s dark or rainy or cloudy, it’s still beautiful to look at. It’s my favorite thing because I know if I ever get lost or lonely or scared, I just have to look up and it’ll be there no matter what...and I know it’ll always be beautiful.” – Colleen Hoover

Colleen Hoover wrote her first novel Slammed just wanting to get the words on paper while they were in her head.  The Sulphur Springs, Tex., resident was inspired by a line from an Avett Brothers song that said “Decide to be and go with it.”  Throughout her first book, published in 2012, she refers to other lyrics from that same song “Head full of doubt/Road full of promise.”   That writing formula was one that not only worked for her but also for her readers, and she’s been popular ever since.

Slammed, which she decided to self-publish, became the first of 11 best-selling YA books and half-dozen novellas.      Definitely a testament to following your instincts – always a good trait for someone who wants to try writing and has a good feeling about what she has written.

As for her writing style, she said it’s very simple.  “I'm not the type of writer who writes to educate or inform my readers. I simply write to entertain them.”

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