I remember what one of my English professors at TWU said about a better time when to start writing fiction–while you’re still young, when your imagination, skills, and energy are at their peak.
Here’s a contradictory opinion. Lee Child, the author of the best-selling Jack Reacher series, believes that “not only can you, but you should start (writing) late, because you’ve lived, you’ve gotten experience…” which young people lack.
Also having started writing late, I can’t agree more with Mr. Child.
This is an amazing piece that I stumbled upon on YouTube: Writers discuss the importance of reading.
So why do we feel the need for literature?
For Nicole Krauss, “everything falls away, when she opens a book: she’s in a world where everything matters.” And as a writer, she sees writing fiction as “a chance to create herself.” On a blank page, you can say anything, and you can become anything you want. (My thoughts exactly!)
Richard Ford thinks that “reading is an attempt to make our experiences more valuable.” (Isn’t true? Because no matter what we read about, we can’t help but compare the experiences of the fictional characters to those of our own.)
Siri Hustvedt gives an invaluable advise to follow your own passion or curiosity in reading. Don’t just listen to those who point out something “great” with a capital “G.” (Yes! We, as individuals, need to pursue whatever drives our own curiosity, even if it’s not very popular.)
When I love a novel, I usually wonder what inspired the author to explore a certain theme. How does a writer find his topics, anyway?
Just like a tree grows from a tiny seed planted in soil, a 300-page book grows from an idea that pops into your head. I find it amazing.
Speaking about my books, the ideas for each of them came to me in different ways. The letter-game for romantic suspense Disengaged was suggested by a friend, who became my coauthor; the idea for romance Without Thinking Twicewas born from my need to fight certain stereotypes; the subject of my mystery A Measure of Guilt was inspired by an actual event that shocked me so much that I wanted to fictionalize it; and the idea for the thriller that I’m working on now popped into my mind when I typed the last sentence of A Measure of Guilt—Why don’t I write a sequel?
How do you use humor while describing a sad situation? Does an author who has tasted publishing success think of the market while choosing his next project? How does it feel to have your readers? How do you publicize your work on the net?