Monday, September 07, 2009

Michael Snyder (Advice for Novelists, Part 103)

Welcome to another edition of my Advice for Novelists series in which editors, authors, agents and publicists answer the question:

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

Michael Snyder shares with us today:

Remember the second half of the two great commandments: Love your neighbor as yourself.

This obviously applies to your readers, but more importantly to your characters. I believe God has endowed writers with a tremendous capacity to love the characters we create. If we don’t love our characters, our readers won’t either. I tell any writer who will listen to stop writing for markets or to please anyone but themselves. Write to amuse yourself first. Trust your instincts. Love your characters. If you do, the truth and beauty parts will take care of themselves.

--Michael Snyder, author of Return Policy and My Name is Russell Fink. Visit his website for more info.


Elizabeth J. said...

Hello there, I arrived here from a link on the Christian Writer's Guild site. One of my dreams is to become a published author and I applaud your efforts for becoming authored at a young age (I think).=^) If you have a moment, I would appreciate if you would stop by my main blog (Footprints in the Sand). Have a great day and congratulations on your soon to be released novel.

K.M. Weiland said...

Here, here! Man, Michael Snyder's every these days. :)