Saturday, July 9, 2011

The Successful Novelist - First Day in Class

I'm currently reading The Successful Novelist by David Morrell and wanted to share any tidbits as I read it.

From the prologue, First Day in Class:

When he was seventeen, Morrell wrote to the writer of a TV show called Route 66 and told him that he wanted to be a writer just like him. The writer replied with the following advice:
  • write, write, write and keep writing
  • find other people who write and trade ideas with them
  • critique one another's work
  • send out your stuff, but don't get discouraged
  • keep writing
  • it's just that simple, and that terribly difficult
And Morrell's further advice includes:
  • desire alone doesn't get you to be a published novelist.
  • learn about writing by analyzing great novels
  • discover how the experts achieved their effects
  • the only reason to write a novel is that if it grabs you and doesn't let you go until you put it down on paper
  • write a story you feel passionate about and write it well

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