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  • Q

    What are your top five writing tips?

    Added by kickballkelly
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    Write.
    Rewrite.
    Read.
    Do things in life that inspire you.
    Drink good wine with friends

    Answered by Richard Castle
  • Q

    Which authors/literature are you inspired by?

    Added by thefrostman
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    All of them. Highbrow. Lowbrow. You name it. Props to the Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew and Tom Swift. Rex Stout, Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, Ian Fleming, le Carré, Poe, J.K. Rowling, Connelly, Robert Parker, Homer, Frank Miller, Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Ellery Queen, Stephen King, Bob Dylan, Rimbaud, Wallace Stevens and H.A.& Margret Rey. I’m sure there are many, many others. But I’m sleepy now, and am going to take a nap.

    Answered by Richard Castle
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    What type of music do you listen to you when you write?

    Added by elroothy
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    If I’m writing a chase scene, I usually opt for action movie music. For procedural scenes, I like the mathematical precision of Bach. For sexy scenes, Marvin Gaye and the early works of comedian Steven Wright.

    Answered by Richard Castle
  • Q

    Who would you cast as Nikki Heat in the movie Heat Wave?

    Added by tmamasst
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    Whoever plays Nikki Heat has to be smart, sexy, and able to kick-ass. The studio cast Natalie Rhodes who I love, but I think Natalie Portman would’ve done a great job as well.

    Answered by Richard Castle
  • Q

    What do you do when you have writer’s block?

    Added by lilangelk8
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    I don’t believe in writer’s block. I believe in writer’s embarrassment. That’s when you’re so embarrassed by the horrendous drivel you’re writing that you can’t bear to see it on the page. After all, you can always write something. I’ve discovered that giving yourself permission to write poorly is the gateway to writing well. It may not be good, it may not make sense, but that’s okay. After enough pages of meaningless drivel, your brain will uncover something interesting, and before you know it, you’re off and writing again.

    I’ve also discovered that writing about why you can’t write allows you to discover what’s holding you back. Once you know what’s holding you back, you can face the problem and solve it.

    Answered by Richard Castle
  • Q

    Who would you cast as Jameson Rook in the movie Heat Wave?

    Added by ncurtis
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    I’d cast myself as Jameson Rook, but since they won’t let me, I’d have to go with George Clooney. Or maybe Jonah Hill. They’re both so handsome.

    Answered by Richard Castle
  • Q

    What gave you the inspiration to write you first novel?

    Added by jz4550
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    I was trying to impress a girl. And it worked.

    Answered by Richard Castle
  • Q

    What’s your advice for a young novelist starting their career?

    Added by dirtfirst06
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    Write, write, and write. Then give it to someone who can be honest and helpful. (Hint: Not your mother!) Then rewrite, rewrite, rewrite. Study the masters. See what makes them great. Study the hacks. See what makes them hacks. And then write some more.

    Answered by Richard Castle
  • Q

    Who is your favourite author?

    Added by Fiona
  • A

    ME.

    Answered by Richard Castle
  • Q

    Do you think there will ever be a "crossover" book for the Storm and Heat books?

    Added by James
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    I like to push the boundaries of the worlds I create with characters who could theoretically cross paths. As a writer, I can’t help but wonder what Rook would think of Storm and vice-versa. There’s a crossover chapter in Storm Front, the new Derrick Storm book, but you’ll have to buy it and read it to find out with whom and why. Who would you like to have meet from the Storm and Nikki Heat Universe?

    Answered by Richard Castle
  • Q

    What is the best way to improve one's writing skills?

    Added by John
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    The more you write, the better you write. Also, read! I like to read all the mystery, fiction and true crime I can get my hands on. Reading great writers gives you something to aspire to. But it’s also important to write what you know, what fascinates you, compels you. Go out and experience the fullest life you can, find a quiet place and find your voice. And I can’t emphasize this enough... practice, practice, practice.

    Answered by Richard Castle
  • Q

    What part of helping in the NYPD 12th Precinct do you like the most and why?

    Added by Hannastasia
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    It challenges me and keeps my crime solving and crime creating skills sharp. AIso, I get to collaborate with New York’s finest homicide detectives... and I do mean finest!

    Answered by Richard Castle
  • Q

    Do you think there will ever be a "crossover" book for the Storm and Heat books?

    Added by James
  • A

    I like to push the boundaries of the worlds I create with characters who could theoretically cross paths. As a writer, I can’t help but wonder what Rook would think of Storm and vice-versa. There’s a crossover chapter in Storm Front, the new Derrick Storm book, but you’ll have to buy it and read it to find out with whom and why. Who would you like to have meet from the Storm and Nikki Heat Universe?

    Answered by Richard Castle
  • Q

    What is your first tip of writing a book?

    Added by Brayden
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    Sit down and write it. Or stand up and do it, but you should start writing whatever your preferred position. I do it with my laptop on my lap and my feet up on my desk, leaning so far back in my chair it threatens to topple backwards, crash through the window in my loft and fling me out onto the sidewalk below. I push the boundaries of my seat so you will be on the edge of yours.

    Answered by Richard Castle

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