Every Sunday until November and unless I have a guest, I will share words of wisdom from writers on writing. Enjoy!
Some books are like fireworks. They blaze quickly, splendidly, and everyone cries “oooh!” and “aaaah!” But then they vanish, forgotten — at least until the next flurry of fireworks from the next bestseller.
Other books are like a warm fire. They aren’t dramatic; they don’t make one jump and shout. But they are the sort of books one can come back to again and again, and enjoy 10, 20, 30, or 50 years after you first read them. They are the sort of books that a reader can enjoy for the FIRST time, decades after they were first written.
Books that endure are, I suspect, most often books of the heart. They are the books that the author WANTED to write — without caring whether they became bestsellers or not.
– Moira Allen
“If you’re writing a spec and you’re not having fun, something’s wrong. I used to have lots of fun. Now, I’m always thinking, will it sell, will it sell?” — Shane Black
I found this quote online and it got me thinking. There was no date attributed, but I can’t imagine it’s recent. Does Shane Black still play the spec game? Does he still really give a crudbucket if his spec sells? Well, maybe he does.
After all, when you’ve racked up historic sales like he has, there’s probably a certain amount of pressure to keep it going. Me? Eh. I couldn’t give a rodent’s derriere.
What I mean is, I’m a bit more realistic nowadays. When you’re in your 40s, and you’ve been at this a while, you start to gain what some people might call “a cynical freaking attitude,” but I call it “perspective.”
– Jim Cirile of Coverage Ink
If you want an agent to read the middle chapters of the book because “that’s where things get exciting,” you should probably consider editing the entire book to make it all exciting.
– Agent Jessica Faust of BookEnds
Every writer is different. Every writer’s method is different.
There is no correct, mandated way to write a book. Juts your way.
The myth of writing slow to write better actually hurts writers.
– Dean Wesley Smith
Every author knows the secret to writing books. It’s not closely guarded, probably because it is so dang hard to do sometimes—okay, often. Ready? Here it is: Sit down and work until you have some word count, aka Butt in the Chair. The craft and story will come over time, but not if you don’t do the first step. Sit and stay and write.
– Erin Kellison