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Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Advice for Novelists (Part 33)

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?"

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

The best advice I can give any writer is to know why you want to write.

The road to publication (and beyond) is often slow and arduous. The challenges will be great - and there are many. Some writers will quit and never touch a pen or keyboard again. But the rest will sojourn on. Why? What separates those who quit from those who persist?

If your goal is not worthy of the effort, you will fail. Why do you write? Do you write to impress someone? To make money? To find fame? Or do you write for another reason?

Why do you write?

Answer that, and you will find the motivation necessary to sustain you on the path to publication.

But what's more, you will have found the clarity of vision that will enrich the lives of your readers long after you are gone.

--Brandt Dodson, author of the Colton Parker series and the just released novel White Soul (Harvest House).

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