Monthly feature, these words of wisdom or writers on writing will always show up. So for the last Sunday of the month, here are some pearls for you to take to the beach. Next post of this kind – next month! Have a great summer (or winter if you’re down under)!
If you have a story that keeps invading your head, you should write it. Even if it’s out of what you think your genre is, write it. Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone because you never know the story you could come up with.
- Melissa Wright
Understanding that your life and the stories you’re creating aren’t set in stone is an amazing thing. It allows you to view more clearly those other peaks you may one day reach – which will never be easy, but definitely worth it. It’s my hope that none of us ever underestimate that power.
- Michelle Davidson Argyle
Too many writers revise continually in order to sell their books. Beginning writers revise a novel a dozen times because their writers workshop (which usually does not have a single publishing professional) has told them to. Mid-level writers revise to their agent’s suggestion because the agent believes the novel is “unsalable” as is—impossible to market because the novel is too different from anything else. Bestsellers listen to their publisher’s desire to have a book just like the last book, eventually making the bestseller’s work predictable and dull.
Most writers of all levels do not stand up for their work because they’re afraid they’ll never sell another word. They’re afraid to take a risk which—in my mind—begs the question: If you’re unwilling to take a risk, why become a writer in the first place?
Writing is all about risk. The first risk is comes in putting the first word on paper, in believing that you are good enough to attract readers. The second risk is working in the arts in America, which has always been a dicey proposition. The third risk is believing that your vision matters.
The moment you lose your integrity, you lose your vision. If you lose your vision, you lose what makes you unique as a writer.
- Kristine Kathryn Rusch
For writers right now, the course to success is rather simple: create inventory. Bring backlist work into inventory. Write new work. Spread your work around to give readers a greater chance of discovering you. Worrying about price points and why you’re not selling like Amanda Hocking is wasted energy. If electronic publishing is a tide which will raise all boats, the point is not to have the biggest boat. The point is to have as many boats as you can on the water. You want to have a fleet or two because that’s how you maximize the benefit of the rising tide.
- Michael Stackpole
It is necessary to write, if the days are not to slip emptily by. How else, indeed, to clap the net over the butterfly of the moment? For the moment passes, it is forgotten; the mood is gone; life itself is gone. That is where the writer scores over his fellows: he catches the changes of his mind on the hop.