Writer Wisdom Sunday

Published 25/11/2012 by Barb

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

People ask me if I ever thought of writing a children’s book.

I say, “If I had a serious brain injury I might well write a children’s book”, but otherwise the idea of being conscious of who you’re directing the story to is anathema to me, because, in my view, fiction is freedom and any restraints on that are intolerable.

I would never write about someone that forced me to write at a lower register than what I can write.

– Martin Amis


If you want to have a successful career as a fiction writer, you need to understand that you are in the business of selling emotion. Readers want to be thrilled, moved, made to cry, laugh, rejoice and despair.

– Michael Allen


I think the book in ebook popularity will allow us once again to discover really great new authors and it will be driven by readers. Something similar happened in music a few years ago, and the current position of publishing reminds me of punk rock’s innovation and energy. You might not have liked punk, but ignore it at your peril!

– David Hurst


Structure is not a starting point for creative development. Start with a creative outpouring of free expression. The value of understanding structure comes in retrospective analysys and fixing story problems after the initial creative phase.

– David Baboulene


First and foremost – don’t let anyone tell you they have a “method” for making a story into a success. Nobody does, and if anyone says they do, they are lying. There is no magic formula, and mercifully, there never will be.

– Bob Gale

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