Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The 90 Top Secrets of Best Selling Authors


I found a great article I thought I'd share, "The 90 Top Secrets of Bestselling Authors" by Jessica Strawser for Writers Digest. Originally I had posted the entire article to my blog, however, to keep from committing copyright infringement, I will just post a few favorite quotes; one quote from each category referenced. You can find the remaining quotes from famous authors, ninety in total, on Writers Digest at the link provided below.

I encourage you to read ALL 90 quotes on Writers Digest...very inspiring! Enjoy!!

God Bless!
T Denise Clary

"The 90 Top Secrets of Bestselling Authors"

By Jessica Strawser for WritersDigest.com

"Here, some of the most successful writers in recent (and not-so-recent) memory share their take on everything from how they get ideas (or go find them), to the best way to start a manuscript (or why the only important thing is that you start at all), to their most methodical writing habits (and quirkiest rituals), to writing with the readers in mind (or ignoring them entirely). The quotes were pulled from 90 years’ worth of Writer’s Digest magazines (as fascinating as it is to observe what’s changed since 1920, it’s equally refreshing to realize how much good, sound writing wisdom remains the same)." Jessica Strawer


INSPIRATION & IDEAS

—No. 7—
“Sit and quiet yourself. Luxuriate in a certain memory and the details will come. Let the images flow. You’ll be amazed at what will come out on paper. I’m still learning what it is about the past that I want to write. I don’t worry about it. It will emerge. It will insist on being told.”
Frank McCourt


GETTING STARTED
—No. 13—
“Beginning a novel is always hard. It feels like going nowhere. I always have to write at least 100 pages that go into the trash can before it finally begins to work. It’s discouraging, but necessary to write those pages. I try to consider them pages -100 to zero of the novel.”
Barbara Kingsolver
  

STYLE & CRAFT

—No. 21—
“You have to follow your own voice. You have to be yourself when you write. In effect, you have to announce, ‘This is me, this is what I stand for, this is what you get when you read me. I’m doing the best I can—buy me or not—but this is who I am as a writer.”
David Morrell

 

PURPOSE

—No. 30—
“You need that pride in yourself, as well as a sense, when you are sitting on Page 297 of a book, that the book is going to be read, that somebody is going to care. You can’t ever be sure about that, but you need the sense that it’s important, that it’s not typing; it’s writing.”
Roger Kahn

 

CHARACTERS 

—No. 39—
“Writers shouldn’t fall in love with characters so much that they lose sight of what they’re trying to accomplish. The idea is to write a whole story, a whole book. A writer has to be able to look at that story and see whether or not a character works, whether or not a character needs further definition.”
Stephen Coonts

PLOT & STRUCTURE

—No. 52—
“Too many writers think that all you need to do is write well—but that’s only part of what a good book is. Above all, a good book tells a good story. Focus on the story first. Ask yourself, ‘Will other people find this story so interesting that they will tell others about it?’ Remember: A bestselling book usually follows a simple rule, ‘It’s a wonderful story, wonderfully told’; not, ‘It’s a wonderfully told story.’”
Nicholas Sparks

RITUALS & METHODS

—No. 54—
“Write. Rewrite. When not writing or rewriting, read. I know of no shortcuts.”
Larry L. King

REVISION & EDITING

—No. 66—
“… Falsely straining yourself to put something into a book where it doesn’t really belong, it’s not doing anybody any favors. And the reader can tell.”
Margaret Atwood

PUBLISHING

—No. 75—
“I would advise anyone who aspires to a writing career that before developing his talent he would be wise to develop a thick hide.”

Harper Lee

READERS

—No. 83—
“Always remember the reader. Always level with him and never talk down to him. You may think you’re some kind of smart guy because you’re the great writer. Well, if you’re such a smart guy, how come the reader is paying you? Remember the reader’s the boss. He’s hired you to do a job. So do it.”
Jay Anson



3 comments:

Pamelaknb said...

Hi T Denise Clary, Thank you so much for sharing this article. Very inspirational and educational. I shall bookmark it and refer to it often. :)

phyllis sweetwater said...

honestly, at first I thought I wouldn't read throught the whole thing, but it was so interesting to see how successful writers can have opposing ideas. if feels good to know there is not one way to write. thank you.

T Denise Clary said...

Yes, I thought the author, Jessica Strawser, did a fantastic job putting the article together! I had never seen writing advice put together quite like this before, I just had to share!

Thanks so much for reading!

T Denise Clary :-)