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Thursday, June 12, 2008

Advice for Novelists (Part 26)

C.J. Darlington, co-founder of TitleTrakk, is running a great series on her blog: She started a series of blog posts in which industry professionals (editors, agents, publicists, authors, etc.) share their responses to this question:

"If you could say one thing to aspiring novelists, what would you say?"

Bill Meyers...Bill's books and films have won 40 national and international awards. He's the co-creator of McGee and Me, and the author of books such as Blood of Heaven, The Seeing, and the forthcoming The Voice.I'm thrilled he stopped by to give his response to the question:

My advice for writing? Easy. Write. Write every day. If you want to be a writer, write. Don't talk about it, don't dream about it, don't read about it (they all help but only a little). Write. Don't wait for inspiration or look for excuses. Do it whether you feel like it or not. Carve out two hours before work and write. Or carve out two hours after the kids are in bed and write. If not two hours one. If not one, thirty minutes. If not thirty minutes, fifteen. If not fifteen look for something else to do. I never think of writing a book, just writing for six hours, six days a week and eventually it turns into a book, or short story, or article. But it never would happen if I didn't write, re-write and keep writing.

--Bill Myers, author of The Voice, The Seeing, The Forbidden Doors series, and much more. Visit him online at his website here.

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Mari Taylor said...

I see the advice about writing evey day so often. I find it so hard to carve out time. I know it boils down to giving up doing something else and giving up my tendency to procrastinate. It helps to be reminded of this over and over. Apparently it's important :D