Best-selling science fiction author Lee Gimenez is an active member of the (elite, infamous, groundbreaking) Atlanta Writers Club. (What? You’re not a member? Why not?)
Recently, our Club added a new feature for our monthly meetings – fifteen-minute segments where published AWC members could speak about any writing-related topic they wanted. When I started hunting down looking for members who might be interested, several people suggested that I ask Lee.
Last month, Lee presented an incredibly informative talk entitled “10 Things Writers Can Do to Get Published,” which focused on how to market your writing. Lee provided so much valuable information, my hand was cramping from scribbling everything down. (Did you know that Facebook only lets you have 5,000 friends, and then you have to get a “Fan” page? Did you know that on Twitter you’re only allowed a certain proportion of followers vs. the number of people you follow? Neither did I– until Lee’s presentation.)
Besides being an invaluable member to our Club, he is gracious and kind, and always willing to lend a hand (or an ear) to his fellow writers.
When does Lee write?
I usually try to write every day, even if only for one hour. I find that getting into the practice of writing is helpful in developing the craft of writing. My experience is that if I stop writing for a week or more, I start to lose the edge in plotting, dialogue and character development. My most productive time to write is early afternoon. (I devote mornings to taking care of business things).
When I first start a novel, I take a very organized approach. First I develop of one or two sentence log line of the idea. Then I write a one or two paragraph synopsis. After this I’ll develop my main characters (my novels usually have 4 or 5 and they share the POV). Usually, there are two protagonists – the main one and a minor one. The other two or three main characters are the antagonists. Once I have back stories for my characters, I then write a longer, more detailed synopsis. As I begin writing the novel, I always refer back to the synopsis to keep me on track. Depending on the book, I may or may not do a chapter by chapter outline. It depends on the plot. I finished a novel a couple of months ago that took place over 30 days, and for that book I had to have very detailed outline and plotting.
BIO: Lee Gimenez is the author of six books and over fifty short stories. His latest novel, THE NANOTECH MURDERS, was published by Double Dragon Press in 2011. It became an eBook bestseller on Fictionwise, the Barnes & Noble Company. Two of his other novels, VIRTUAL THOUGHTSTREAM and AZUL 7, also became eBook bestsellers on Fictionwise. His novel TERRALUS 4, published in 2011, was produced into an Audiobook. His next novel, DEATH ON ZANATH, will be published by Double Dragon Press in 2012. His books are available at Peerless Book Stores, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Fictionwise, Books-A-Million, Books In Motion, Apple, Mobipocket, Amazon UK (England), Flipkart (India), Amazon CA (Canada), Booku (Australia), IBS.IT (Italy), Amazon JP (Japan) and many other retailers.
Lee earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Georgia Tech and an MBA degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University. During his business career in marketing, he worked for three Fortune 500 companies, Verizon, Tech Data and M&M Mars. For more information about him, visit his website at: http://www.leegimenez.com. You can also find him on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, LinkedIn and Goodreads. Lee lives with his wife in the Atlanta, Georgia area.
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