Over the years, many of the world’s bestselling and most beloved authors have answered Booktopia’s infamous Ten Terrifying Questions.
Have you ever wanted to learn how to write like Michael Connelly, Jackie Collins or Ken Follett? The secrets can be found in the interviews they have done with Booktopia. This is invaluable advice from some of the bestselling writers in the business!
Looking for some writing tips from Lee Child, Jodi Picoult or Karin Slaughter? No problem! They have all bravely answered Booktopia’s Ten Terrifying Questions. Lets see what they have to say …
Question: What Advice Do You Give Aspiring Writers?
“Ignore all advice. There’s room for only one mind on your side of the transaction, and it needs to be yours and yours alone.”
“Write, every day. Even if it’s just for 20 minutes. Don’t answer the phone, don’t talk to your mother, etc. Take a workshop writing course, so you learn to give and get criticism and be your own best editor. And when you reach the point where you think your story is truly the worst piece of garbage created and want to throw it out…don’t.
What you’re REALLY afraid of is finishing and finding out you’re not as good as you assumed you are. Instead, you should finish that story and edit it until it is flawless, and something you’re satisfied with. Otherwise, you’ll never believe you can actually finish any piece of fiction. And read. A ton. It will inspire you to be just as clever, prolific, and eye-opening as the authors you admire.”
“It seems really simple, but I always tell them to read. You might be surprised how many will say, “I don’t have time,” or “I’m too busy writing.” Reading is important to everyone—it trains our minds to question what we are told, it hones cognitive abilities.
If you are a writer, reading gives you a sense or rhythm and how story works. Even if it’s a bad book or a silly book, you’re always learning something. And it’s very easy to spot the writers who aren’t reading, because they basically write the same book again and again. You’ll never grow as a writer—or (dare I say!) as a person—if you do not read.”
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