Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Bill Myers (Advice for Novelists, Part 26)

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:

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

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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