RT AdviceToWriters “Find out what your hero or heroine wants, and when he or she wakes up in the morning, just follow him or her all day.” -RAY BRADBURY
Moses: Have you read Ray Bradbury’s Zen in the Art of Writing? It’s the most inspirational book I’ve read on writing, with the possible exception of … On Writing, by Stephen King. My heart goes all mushy when I start thinking about Ray Bradbury. Zen in the Art of Writing isn’t the kind of book that makes you want to write to be a success story, it’s the kind of book that just makes you want to write because you LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the creative process of storytelling.
Laura Resnick wrote a guest blog post on some of the things authors can control, and some of the things they can’t: “Few aspiring writers realize it, but talent is surprisingly common. What separates professional writers from the pack isn’t talent, but instead qualities that are more unusual: perseverance, skill, and brains.
Agent Anne Hawkins says: “ If I could give unpublished authors one piece of advice, it would be this: Learn as much as you can about the publishing industry, how it works, and who the players are before beginning the query process. Publishing is a quirky business, and things often happen in a nonlinear fashion. The author who adopts a learn-as-you-go philosophy runs the risk of making costly, even disastrous mistakes.”
RT GrammarGirl is thinking that most fiction sounds pretty silly or formulaic when you describe it in just one or two sentences.
RT BrandonSandrson @GrammarGirl That’s especially true with fantasy. Try describing Lord of the Rings in one sentence and not make it sound silly!
Moses: Tell me folks, who should I be following on Twitter? Which blogs should I be reading?