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Good Advice Can’t Be Bad – One Author To Another

As writers, we are constantly looking around us for inspiration. For me, one of the best places to find encouragement, is from other writers. Author quotes, interviews, and advice are always there for me when I need them.

Recently, I read a really great article on the Huffington Post website about a book called “Why We Write: 20 Acclaimed Authors on How and Why They Do What They Do” – where bestselling authors share advice and tips about their success. The Huffington Post shared an excerpt by Jodi Picoult (most famous for “My Sister’s Keeper).

Here is a little taste of her wisdom:

A lot of writers think of the publishing contract as the Holy Grail, but it’s not. It’s a huge mistake to think that just because your book is being printed, your publisher will publicize it. If you’re a new author, it’s much more likely that they won’t. You have to stump yourself and find book clubs to talk to and go to book fairs and set up signings at bookstores and libraries—anything to get word of mouth going. Your publisher’s more likely to pay attention to your book if it starts magically selling. Then they might put some money into promoting it. It’s a vicious cycle.

  • Take a writing course. It’s how you’ll learn to get and give feedback, and it’ll teach you to write on demand.
  • There’s no magic bullet that’ll make you a success. If you write because you want to be rich, you’re in the wrong business. Write because you can’t not write, or don’t write at all.
  • Write even when you don’t feel like writing. There is no muse. It’s hard work. You can always edit a bad page, but you can’t edit a blank page.
  • Read. It’ll inspire you to write as well as the authors who came before you.
  • To read the full article, click HERE.

    Another great article shares some tips from Kurt Vonnegut, from his book “Bagombo Snuff Box”:

  • Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.
  • Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.
  • Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.
  • Every sentence must do one of two things — reveal character or advance the action.*
  • Start as close to the end as possible.
  • Be a sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them — in order that the reader may see what they are made of.
  • Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.
  • Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible. To heck with suspense. Readers should have such complete understanding of what is going on, where and why, that they could finish the story themselves, should cockroaches eat the last few pages.
  • To read the full article, click HERE.

    If you’re having writer’s block, losing faith in yourself, or feeling like the only writer out there, just take a look around and you’ll see all the amazing writer’s who are there, ready and willing, to help you along your way. There are lots of great books your can read, such as the one mentioned above in the Huffington article, Stephen King’s “On Writing” (is hugely popular), “Zen in the Art of Writing: Essays on Creativity” by Ray Bradbury, and many more. And finally, here are a few great quotes, to help you feel inspired and keep you from losing your mind:

    Jeffrey EugenidesStephen KingCharles de Lint

    Anais NinToni MorrisonJ. K. Rowling

    Happy Friday the 13th!

    friday the 13Horror is a specific genre adored by many, but equally hated by others. Some live for the adrenaline rush they experience while being terrified, while others go into panic mode and run for the hills. Personally, my preference falls somewhere in between. I’m a true crime fan fanatic and enjoy a good horror movie or book, yet you won’t catch me anywhere near those “killer clown” mazes at the local carnival or amusement park during Halloween. I’ve also been known to punch my friends or work associates when they take advantage of my fears by occasionally leaping out of a dark corner when I least expect it. I can assure you my reaction scream is louder than their “boo!” and the punch I pack is nothing to laugh at. The joke is on you, guys.

    The thrill of adrenaline is one thing, but superstitions are something else entirely. 13 has been my favorite number for as long as I can remember (probably because it represents officially becoming a teenager). But to many, this number represents a bad omen and is considered unlucky.  Some hotels even skip floor 13 entirely and jump from 12 to 14. As if that’s fooling anyone!

    Whether you’re a fan of Stephen King, H.P. Lovecraft, Richard Matheson or Dean Koontz, today is the day to crack open their books and get your goose bumps on! In the mood for a scary movie? Friday the 13th, Halloween, and Nightmare on Elm Street fit the bill. Jason Voorhees, Michael Myers and Freddy Krueger would love to pay your fears a visit! What are you waiting for? It’s Freaky Friday!

    Stephen King on Writing, Scary Stories, and More

    In conjunction with our Frightening Fiction writing contest, which is now underway, I thought I’d share some videos on horror writing. Today, the king of horror writing, Stephen King:

    Stephen King on the E-book Industry

    Did you know that Stephen King was one of the first major authors to publish an original work in only an electronic version? CNN weighed in this week (probably because Tuesday was his birthday) with King on the future of e-books.


    King says there is one major drawback to e-books, though: “If you drop a book in the toilet, you can fish it out and dry it off, and read it. If you drop your Kindle in the toilet, you’re done!”


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