Don’t Waste Time Trying to Please People. -Stephen King.
Wanting to do their best work, new writers are naturally anxious. They ask questions. They probe. They Gorge. They sweat. It’s hoped they sweat while writing and not about how to start. Stephen King in his memoir titled “On Writing” stressed don’t waste time trying to please people. Indeed this is applicable in many situations as individuals attempt to develop their own Identity.
In a public authors forum, the question was asked “What does it take to be a good writer?” Writers chimed in. Here I share a few of their responses.
Read a lot. Write, write a lot
Patience and Perseverance
Finding the connection between your soul and your writing hand. It will require a number of disciplines like grammar, voice, tense and genre. But the key is opening your spirit to the process…
A book is a gift you can open again and again. ~Garrison Keillor
Barnes and Noble asked Readers to identify who their favorite Author was and the reason. Here I share excerpts as Readers chimed in telling all.
Sarah J. Maas because characters are one of the most real and complex characters of all time because
Sarah J Maas, because she tells stories of strength, epically and fantastically, and the writing is like music; just as amazing as any symphony.
Cassandra Clare. Her books inspired me to write more stories, and not stop loving books
My favourite write is Paul Coelhobecause he impresses me with each sentence and teaches me a lot, both about life and writing
J.K. Rowling, because she wrote Harry Potter
Megan Whalen Turner because I love her characters.
Arnold G. Fruchtenbaum, his books changed and inspired so much my life that I decided to translate them in Italian! Such a blessed decision
J.K Rowling because she gave us the greatest Wizarding World
Stephen King because his talent is bottomless – as is my fascination with everything he writes
Agatha Christie because she gave me Hercule Poirot, the greatest detective in the world
Danielle Steel because she’s a master of romance
My favourite author is Andrzej Sapkowski because he got me thinking outside the box.
Danielle Steele because she keeps me entertained the whole book through.
My favorite author is John Green because his books are filled with mysteries and I love his way of writing.
Shakespeare because he is just timeless. Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte because when I read their books they take me to another world and the women in their stories are strong and what ever they dream of doing they do and that inspires me to be and do what I want to do.
Elizabeth Gilbert, because she wrote one of the most inspiring and life-changing books I’ve ever read.
Jane Austen, because her books are an insight into characters who we can relate to from a time when people and places were different.
Madeleine L’Engle is my favorite because she was able to write for a range of readers. She wrote children’s books, YA, adult, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. My second favorite is Jane Austen. Her works transport me to the nineteenth century in England, which is my favorite setting to read about.
John Hopkins because Lost Cactus is awesome!
James Patterson. He thought what life is about… I lived through his stories.
Truman Capote because he somehow makes beautiful stories from such simple words.
So who is your favorite author and why? Do share. We would love to hear.
I sat staring into the distance. Pondering. What to write? What to post? Haven’t we all been there at one time or other? Times when we don’t know what to write-be it social, blog, or book. Jen dePaula shared 40 Things to inspire your writing. I liked 19 and share these below.
Share a motivational or inspiring quote
Share a link to your new blog post.
Highlight a fan with an @mention and thank them for their support.
Share what you’re currently reading and tag the author.
Do a #TBT (Throw Back Thursday) by sharing an old picture.
Share one of your favorite writing tools (whether it be digital or a physical tool).
Share an interesting article or blog post that someone else has written – be sure to tag them in the post.
Share a picture that your child (niece, nephew, friend) drew.
Share some of your favorite songs/albums you like to write to.
Highlight a fellow author and share a link to their website – it’s always great to help and promote fellow writers.
Share a writing tip.
Share a Facebook, Pinterest or Instagram page your followers should check out (not necessarily your own).
Share links to an old (but relevant) blog post – keep those posts alive!
Join the conversation on a trending topic.
Write a Haiku.
Give a shout-out to people who inspire you.
Share a link to your favorite blogs or podcasts.
Share a review or testimonial of a new product or service you’ve had a good/bad experience with.
Recommend other authors or friends others should follow.
Hope these will help to inspire your own writing in whichever form you choose.
A workaholic, an insatiable learner, and serial volunteer. That’s what I do when I’m not writing. I volunteer in activities that contribute to the growth and personal development of individuals. My passion is connected to my vision to see a world where individuals can become successful, however they define it. So I invest the time to speak with individuals and groups throughout the local, national, and international community. Totally satisfying!
In search of being refreshed, I recharge through family play and engaging in the world of film. I hunger for movies. Drama, sci-fi, action, comedy, love…, it doesn’t matter, it all works! It reboots my mind. And when it’s done, I’m able to return to my past-time, to write.