Literary Birthday - 31 December - Nicholas Sparks

Happy Birthday, Nicholas Sparks, born 31 December 1965

On Writing - 10 Quotes

  1. By reading a lot of novels in a variety of genres, and asking questions, it’s possible to learn how things are done—the mechanics of writing, so to speak—and which genres and authors excel in various areas.
  2. Read a variety of books on the craft of writing. On Writing by Stephen King, The Elements of Style by William Strunk and E.B. White, Creating Fiction edited by Julie Checkoway, and A Dangerous Profession by Frederick Busch, are but a few that I would recommend.  
  3. You can’t be a writer if you don’t write, it’s just that simple. I wrote two complete novels and another book before I even attempted to write The Notebook. Those two novels are unpublished, but they taught me that I not only liked to write, but that I had it in me to finish a novel once I’d started it. 
  4. I write five or six days a week, usually a minimum of 2000 words, sometimes more. 2000 words can take anywhere from three to eight hours.
  5. All people who regard writing as a profession write consistently. Those who regard it as a hobby usually don’t.
  6. I do not use profanity in my novels. My characters all go to church. 
  7. Publishing is a business. Writing may be art, but publishing, when all is said and done, comes down to dollars.
  8. Above all, a query letter is a sales pitch and it is the single most important page an unpublished writer will ever write. It’s the first impression and will either open the door or close it. It’s that important, so don’t mess it up. Mine took 17 drafts and two weeks to write. 
  9. I’m always trying to improve, to try new things, to write a new story that is better than anything else I’ve written.
  10. Writing the last page of the first draft is the most enjoyable moment in writing. It’s one of the most enjoyable moments in life, period. 

Nicholas Sparks is a best-selling American novelist and screenwriter. He has 17 published novels. Seven have been adapted to films, including Message in a Bottle, A Walk to RememberThe NotebookNights in RodantheDear JohnThe Last Song, and most recently The Lucky One. All of his books have been New York Times bestsellers, with nearly 80 million copies in print worldwide, in over 45 languages.

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