Monday, November 23, 2009
Advice From Famous Authors
Online College recently posted Words of Wisdom: 101 Tips from the World's Most Famous Authors.
I thought I'd share with you a few of my favorites:
John Steinbeck - I've always tried out material on my dogs first. Make sure that above all, you are happy with your work. . . and see if the dogs stay awake.
Sounds like good advice to me :)
Jessamyn West - Talent is helpful in writing, but guts are absolutely necessary.
Margaret Atwood - Don't be afraid of failure. A ratio of failures is built into the process of writing. The wastebasket has evolved for a reason.
My wastebasket near my computer is a nice big one and is usually full on trash day :)
Annie Dillard - Writing sentences is difficult whatever their subject. It is no less difficult to write sentences in a recipe than sentences in Moby Dick. So you might as well write Moby Dick. No matter what, write.
If you like writing recipes, I guess you could always incorporate them into your storyline :)
James Patterson - I'm always pretending that I'm sitting across from somebody. I'm telling them a story, and I don't want them to get up until it's finished.
That sounds like a very good idea to me!
Agatha Christie - The best time to plan a book is when you're doing the dishes.
Maybe I should go do those dishes now, instead of waiting until later :)
Malcolm S. Forbes - Failure is success if we learn from it.
I think we can all learn from our failures.
Helen Keller - Find the joy in small accomplishments. I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.
All of your short stories could add up to a great novel!
Ralph Waldo Emerson - Believe in yourself. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage.
I think this is something you must do to persevere. If you don't believe in yourself, why should you expect others to believe in you.
I enjoyed these quotes, I hope you did too.
Which one is your favorite?