Write a book the way the bestselling authors do

Want to write a book? It’s more than just typing.

You’ll love this article from the WSJ, How to Write a Great Novel: Junot Diaz, Anne Rice, Margaret Atwood and Other Authors Tell – WSJ.com, in which many writers tell you how they write.

Excellent tips for new writers..

I especially liked this quote from Hilary Mantel:

“British novelist Hilary Mantel likes to write first thing in the morning, before she has uttered a word or had a sip of coffee. She usually jots down ideas and notes about her dreams. ‘I get very jangled if I can’t do it,’ she says.

She’s an obsessive note taker and always carries a notebook. Odd phrases, bits of dialogue and descriptions that come to her get tacked to a 7-foot-tall bulletin board in her kitchen; they remain there until Ms. Mantel finds a place for them in her narrative.”

Writing is the first thing I do every day too.

BTW, if you haven’t read Wolf Hall; read it. It’s wonderful. I’ve always been prejudiced against novels written in the second person, but in Wolf Hall, it works.


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Angela Booth is a top copywriter, multi-published author, and writing teacher. She offers many guides, courses and classes to help writers to enhance their skills on her websites. She also provides inspiration and motivation for writers on her writing blogs. Angela has been writing successfully since the late 1970s, and was online in the 1980s, long before the birth of the Web. Her business books have been widely published.