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How to Write an Excellent Book


Today’s re-blog is Simplicity itself :-)

Live to Write - Write to Live

Quick post today because some of the best advice is often short and sweet.

Last week I had the opportunity to see best selling author Joe Hill at our local Barnes & Noble. We were treated to a reading, a sing-along (complete with kazoos), and an open discussion/question session. It was truly a delightful and informative evening.

Note: if you ever have the opportunity to see a visiting author, please grab it with both hands, you won’t regret it.

During the discussion/question period a young girl in the back row raised her hand. “How is it that you can always write so excellently?” she asked.

Joe thought and then replied. “The answer to that question is that I don’t write excellently. My strategy is to write one good sentence and then follow that up with another good sentence and then another one. Pretty soon I have a whole pile of…

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2 responses to “How to Write an Excellent Book

  1. martinaseveckepohlen June 24, 2016 at 6:44 am

    Lucky man, if every sentence he has written is excellent. I have to weed my pages sentence by sentence.

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    • Alexander M Zoltai June 24, 2016 at 11:30 am

      Yes, Martina, I do also…

      I think he may have been assuming we’d understand that he slaved over each sentence—though, I certainly hope he didn’t try to fully edit each one before moving on to the next… :-)

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