Surprise Sunday

And waiting for more authors interviews, here’s some words of wisdom or writers on writing gleaned from the internet just for you by yours truly!


How can you be an instantly recognizable Big Fish if the pond turns into an ocean?
The answer is, of course, that you can’t.
You need to figure out for yourself what matters to you. And if the opinion of others is all that matters, if having agreed-upon standards is what makes you comfortable, then get out of publishing.
Because the standards are gone, except for one standard and one standard only:
The readers will buy what they like, when they find it, and when they want it. Not one moment before.
How do you find readers? Publish your work. Keep your work in print. Be patient.
And forget about the gatekeepers. You’re beginning to get a sense, if you read the above posts and quotes, of what they really think about you.
Why in the world would you want to impress those people? It looks like they can no longer even impress themselves.
Kris Rusch

Now listen, I want to be clear:  I’m not saying you should try to construct Great BooksTM by some kind of formula, sit around waiting for the perfect idea to strike, or, even worse, rewrite your books to death.  You become a great writer by writing lots and lots of stories, not by rewriting the same story over and over again.  Writing is the tool by which we convey stories to readers, but it is only the tool.  If you’ve got a rusty hammer, it’s harder to build a house, but the focus still isn’t on the hammer.  It’s on the house.  Thousands of writers fall down the rabbit whole of focusing on line-by-line writing to the detriment of great storytelling.  I happen to love great writing, but what I consider great writing is writing that is fully in the service of telling a great story.
Scott William Carter

If you can quit, quit. Save yourself years of depression, worry, broken dreams, shattered hope, and emotional pain.
Now, if you can’t quit, if you’re driven, if you refuse to accept anything other than your definition of success, then you have no one to blame but yourself for all the hell you’re enduring.
But my money is on you eventually succeeding. Maybe it will take a year. Maybe twenty. Maybe fifty. But if you can’t quit, success isn’t simply attainable–it’s inevitable.
Joe Konrath

Like David Haywood Young, I don’t have a lot of readers, but the ones I do have are incredibly supportive. I chose to self-publish for a lot of the reasons you can read right here, but also because I didn’t want to wait around for the sometimes years it takes to sell your idea, if ever. Then, if you’re one of the ‘fortunate’ (and I use that term loosely) ones that gets a contract, it can be more years before your book ever sees the light of day. Not to mention that now you have to rewrite your novel in their image if you ever really want to see it published. I also like the idea of owning all the rights.
Tom Keller

Writing has so much to give, so much to teach, so many surprises. That thing you had to force yourself to do — the actual act of writing — turns out to be the best part. It’s like discovering that while you thought you needed the tea ceremony for the caffeine, what you really needed was the tea ceremony. The act of writing turns out to be its own reward.
Anne Lamott


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