Writer Wisdom Sunday


Every Sunday until December and unless I have a guest, I will share words of wisdom from writers on writing. Enjoy!

If you’re writing good books that fans enjoy, they’ll seek out more of your work. The more of your work you have available, the more chances you’ll have to discover new fans. It’s like constantly making your fishing net bigger. The bigger the net, the more fish you’ll snare.
For those writers who are wondering why they haven’t had decent sales, my answer is: write more.
In fact, that’s always been the answer for writers, no matter what their goals are.

- J.A. Konrath

Self-publishing is NOT is the easy way out. If you simply want to be published, and do not care if everyone reads or enjoys your work, then yes, self-publishing is easy. If you want to be sucessful and make a living as a writer, then it is hard work. In a lot of ways, I suspect it is harder than being traditionally published.
I’m just under the impression that a lot of people are now looking at this as a Get Rich Quick scheme, and this is no such thing. 

- Amanda Hocking, writer

A year ago I would have told you that you should stick with the traditional publishing route. Right now, as we move into a new age, I’m still going to tell you to stick with the traditional route. But here’s the thing: self-publishing electronically looks like a better alternative every day, even to someone like me who is a New York Times bestseller.

- David Farland

It takes six million grains of pollen to seed one peony, and salmon need a lifetime of swimming to find their way home, so we mustn’t be alarmed or discouraged when it takes us years to find love or years to understand our calling in life. Everything in nature is given some form of resilience by which it can rehearse finding its way, so that, when it does, it is practiced and ready to seize the moment.

- Mark Nepo

Real writers don’t care what anyone else thinks. They don’t write scripts to chase the hot trends. They write what they want to (or have to) write. And they don’t fit it into the popular story paradigms and formulas. They write it their way, in their voice. Which means that their scripts are unlike anyone else’s scripts. That’s the key.

- Corey Mandell, playwright and screenwriter

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2 Comments

  1. Thanks so much Barb – I needed to hear that last one as I have been second guessing myself over something :)

    • we all need to remember that one from time to time… especially when critics want you to write like somebody else! ;)

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