Every Sunday until November and unless I have a guest, I will share words of wisdom from writers on writing. Enjoy!
There are so many writers now defending the Big 6 hat I liken their behavior to Stockholm Syndrome. As artists, we’ve become so used to the idea of breaking into the publishing industry by appeasing the gatekeepers that we’ve begun to revere them. We defend their decisions – even the wrong ones- because we’ve deemed them essential to the process. They’re the powerful pourveyors of wisdom who nod at worthy intellectual properties and welcome their creators into the fold.
- Joe Konrath
As an indie publisher, you can use your own publication deadlines to help drive yourself to finishing and releasing books.
Many beginning writers can’t seem to finish a project, or when they finish it they spend years rewriting the poor thing to death and having workshops turn it into a monster with an arm sewn onto the forehead.
Having a publication deadline will do wonders for getting you to write, finish what you write, not rewrite, and get it out to readers. (Wait, those sound like Heinlein’s Rules, don’t they? (grin))
Also knowing a book has a hope of getting read by readers and making you some money does wonders for pushing a writer to write and finish.
- Dean Wesley Smith
I still have great respect for those writers, like Raymond Carver, who pack as much tension into a suburban living room as other writers do with a planet overrun by zombies.
I can’t do that. More to the point, I don’t want to.
Never be ashamed of your enthusiasms. If you love something, write it even if nobody else does. And if nobody else does, write it so well that they have no choice but to love it too.
— Christopher Farnsworth
Don’t make it your job, make it your hobby. If you don’t enjoy writing, you shouldn’t be doing it. If you do enjoy it, do it more. Don’t treat it like it’s a job. Rewriting someone else’s work, that’s a job! Your original stuff should be fun.
- Max Landis (filmmaker son of John Landis)
Barb sez: and that’s why I gave up screenwriting! I didn’t want to end up rewriting somebody else’s stories!
Think of the best stories you’ve ever read. How many of them are standard, run-of-the-mill stuff? I would be willing to bet the stories that stick in your mind have a fresh, a different perspective. And that can only happen when the author is true to himself or herself.
So my advice is to write first, then find a market for what you write. Remain true to your inner voice, and you will be published, and you will write lasting work.
- David Kubicek