I think a lot of young aspiring writers get misdirected; they think 'I ought to write this, even though I enjoy reading that'. What you have to do is write what you enjoy reading.
If you have a craftsman's command of the language and basic writing techniques you'll be able to write - as long as you know what you want to say
Readers are paramount. I live to write books for them.
Throat clutching from the outset! The Never List stands as a sterling example of psychological thriller writing at its best. Cancel appointments and give up on sleep. It's that kind of book.
The outline is 95 percent of the book. Then I sit down and write, and that's the easy part.
Breathtakingly real and utterly compelling, Immoral dishes up page-turning psychological suspense while treating us lucky readers to some of the most literate and stylish writing you'll find anywhere today.
But one does not make living writing poetry unless you're a professor, and one frankly doesn't get a lot of girls as a poet.
The best way to learn about writing is to study the work of other writers you admire.
I liked the challenge of writing in a very concise structure in which both meaning and form are important.
When it comes time to write the book itself I'll shut the lights out, picture the scene I'm about to write then close my eyes and go at it. Yes, I can touch type.
I write pretty much anywhere - on planes, in hotel rooms, anywhere in my house.
Trying to write books with a subject matter or in a genre or style you're not familiar with is the best way to find the Big Block looming.
I spend eight months outlining and researching the novel before I begin to write a single word of the prose.
I've often said that there's no such thing as writer's block, the problem is idea block
I like the way words go together and I like the gamesmanship of writing poetry. It is such a challenge.
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