Thursday, September 08, 2011

Three Rules? How about Three Steps!

Remember this amusing quote from Monday? 

"There are three rules to writing a novel and nobody knows what they are." William Somerset Maugham

Look no further! Harlan Coban has an article in the Wall Street Journal titled, "Want to be a Great Writer? Follow these Three Steps".


It begins like this:
'“I don’t like writing.  I like having written.” Ah, the paradox.' 

A great essay from a writer who's been in the trenches for a long time.

About 20 books worth. :-)

6 comments:

Theresa Milstein said...

Excellent article and so true.

Kimberley Griffiths Little said...

Glad you enjoyed it! I love reading what other writers say about writing. It's addictive, actually.

Take, for instance, blogging . . . writers talking about writing. Addictive!

Donna K. Weaver said...

That's a wonderful quote. But I like the writing, too.

elizabethanne said...

Great, challenging article. Thanks for the link. It occurs to me that one of my steps in writing is procrastinating. At least I tend to think it's a step. I need to face that it's really procrastination. ;)

I've just listed you as a recipient of the Versatile Blogger Award. You can find the details on this post on my blog: http://elizabethannewrites.com/2011/09/13/im-a-versatile-blogger/

Melissa J. Cunningham said...

Great post! I'm going to check out that link. Thanks for stopping by my blog! It means a lot to me!

Deb Marshall said...

Oh my, loved his article. Thanks for sharing it...

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