Christine Rice is the author of five books: Poetry for the Heart, Essays for the Soul, My Not-So-Ordinary Life, Freelance Writing Guide, and Articles for the Mind. She has been writing since 2006 and published her first book in 2007. She is currently working on three books and has ideas for several others. Above all, she loves writing and sharing her books with the world.
What inspires you to write?
My enjoyment of writing inspires me to write. I enjoy the art of writing: the ability to take my time to craft my words, and how they come out organized and, accurately and more effectively, reflect what I truly think and feel. I’m also inspired by my experiences. I like to write about what I’ve been through and what I’ve learned.
Tell us about your writing process.
With book writing, I usually create an outline on the computer first. I write mostly nonfiction and I like to have a plan for how the book will be organized. When I create an outline, I brainstorm ideas for chapter titles, subtitles, and content. I’m able to come up with a lot of main ideas and then I organize them and narrow them down. The outline makes sure the content stays organized and flows well. It also makes the writing process easier, because I don’t have to come up with the main ideas when I’m writing. When I’m writing the first draft, during each writing session I relax and “let go” so that my thoughts flow freely, and I type my thoughts on the computer for an hour or two at a time. I just keep doing that every day until the book is complete.
What advice would you give other writers?
Writing every day and continuing to write will develop your writing skills and lead to bigger and better things. Also, read daily, both fiction and nonfiction. Fiction will spark your creativity, and nonfiction will teach you things, so both are needed, and both will help you to improve your craft.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
In the beginning of my writing career, I sent a book proposal to twenty literary agents for a book I had started writing. My book idea was not accepted by any of the agents. I ended up losing interest in the book and stopped writing it, and began writing poetry. After a few months, I had accumulated quite a few poems. Then, on Writing.com I saw an advertisement for Lulu about book publishing. I decided I wanted my poems compiled in a paperback book so that I could keep them in a nicer format. I created the book, and later made it available to the public. The following year, I decided to do the same thing with essays I had written. These two types of books are not typically traditionally published, so my best option was to self-publish them. Afterwards, I decided to continue with the self-publishing route, and I’m very happy to be a self-published author.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Because of self-publishing, I know there will be more and more new authors, and therefore, there will be more and more new books – which is a good thing! Also, if traditional publishers do not change their business approach, they will slowly lose business. But, there is a good chance that they will start to change their ways to be more fitting with the current times and more competitive with the benefits of self-publishing companies, and then they – traditional publishers – will resume their popularity again. Also, I am certain that the number of print books being published will decline to nearly nothing. I’m okay with it though, because I love my Kindle!
What genres do you write?
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print