Random Pearls: Pam Bachorz

Happy Tuesday, everyone!

Our next Random Pearl contributer is the lovely Pam Bachorz, author of DROUGHT and CANDOR:

Candro

In a town where his father brainwashes everyone, Oscar Banks has found a way to secretly fight the subliminal Messages that turn even the most troubled kids into model citizens. On the outside, he’s the perfect Candor teen, and no one knows that he’s built an entire business around helping new kids escape before the Messages take hold.

But then Nia Silva moves to town, and Oscar thinks she’s perfect exactly the way she is. Soon he must make a choice: let Nia be lost to the brainwashing, or help her stay special and risk himself in the process.

So, Pam, they say that to become successful, you should study the habits and philosophies of those in your field who are already successful. Other than writing every day, what unique work habits or philosophies do you possess that makes you excel?

I am a deadline addict. I always have self-set deadlines and goals for my projects. Even if I am just brainstorming new ideas, I know what quantity of ideas I want to have when I am done! This can be a curse too, of course. I set challenging deadlines, which is highly motivating for me BUT can also artificially push my pace too fast when a story presents an unanticipated challenge, like needed historic research. So I do sometimes blow my deadlines, but that is OK. I set a new one and learn a little more about my natural pace through each stage of a novel.

Also, I set annual goals that I post where I can see them, each time I sit at my writing desk. I review them each month, and then with a partner at the end of each year.

Clearly my MBA has snuck into my creative life too–I am my own toughest, and I hope effective, manager.

Awesome, Pam, the compulsive list-keeper and challenge-making in me loves this! 🙂

Happy writing and drawing, everyone!

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About Laura Bowers

Laura is a writer, runner, reader, runDisney addict, and blogger at As The Eraser Burns, Joyful Miles, and Write, Run, Rejoice. In the past, she's been a waitress, telemarketer, cook, real estate agent, and during her college days, a costumed character at holiday parades. (Memories of being terrorized as a candy cane still haunt her at night.) At the age of thirty, she pursued her dream of being a writer. Her first novel, Beauty Shop for Rent, a “Steel Magnolias for teens,” was inspired by a rusted sign by a charming old house, and now, she can honestly say that writing is a thousand times more rewarding than being a candy cane!
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One Response to Random Pearls: Pam Bachorz

  1. Ron Smith says:

    Thanks for this. The book certainly sounds intriguing. And I like the idea of those self-set deadlines and goals!

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