Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Eric Wilson (Advice for Novelists, Part 74)

Here's today's entry in our Advice for Novelists series. I've asked authors, agents, editors and publicists their response to the question:

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

Mr. Eric Wilson, author extraordinaire, responds:

Stop blogging, stop IMing, stop spending all your time dreaming and talking about writing, and go write. No excuses. If you don’t write, you’ll never finish a book and never get published, no matter how talented you are.

--Eric Wilson, author of Field of Blood, the Fireproof movie novelization, and more. Visit him online at his website.


The Koala Bear Writer said...

Great advice too, though opposite of Susan May Warren's! :) I think a balance is required, but I've definately found that I do have to make it a priority to just go write, as you say. That's how things get written! :)

michael snyder said...

Yep, I agree, Eric. The only way to get any writing done is to sit down and get some writing done. And although 'thinking' may be writing, 'thinking about writing' is a poor substitute for doing the work.