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Secrets from NYT Bestselling Suspense Author Mary Burton Shared in Video, Florida Writer Article

May 20, 2012

If a celebrity author offered to tell you exactly how she writes her books, would you listen?

New York Times bestselling suspense author Mary Burton has done just that in an article she wrote especially for FWA’s quarterly magazine The Florida Writer.

Mary, who wrote 22 successful novels in 10 years, breaks down her process into steps, or “drafts,” which she explains reduce stress and produces her best work. She suggests, “If you find you’re struggling or not selling, read through my steps and give them a try.” She also lays out a checklist of no-no’s that slip into the work of even veteran writers.

You can view Mary’s process in her Writing One Draft at a Time video. You may also want to check out her website.

Mary’s video is the second in FWA’s Write On! series. The first video, an FWA Write On! exclusive, features R.J. Ellory, mega-bestselling author of intense crime thrillers. You can see R.J. this fall when he visits the U.S. to share his secrets of success during a daylong workshop sponsored by Florida Writers Foundation, Inc., a charitable organization that supports literacy.

R.J.’s seminar will be held at the Orlando Marriott Lake Mary on October 18, the day before the FWA conference opens. Click here for details.

Check your mailboxes for your next The Florida Writer featuring Mary’s article. In the meantime, enjoy her video.

What advice in Mary Burton’s video is most helpful to you? What steps do you take in writing your books?

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