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87. How to succeed as a novelist – the facts

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Facts to make you feel better, or worse, about writing, but all are interesting.

Neil MacDonald Author

At last, there’s some real data, which busts a lot of myths. Jim Hines, a fantasy writer, published a survey of 246 novelists and now we know what the elements of success look like. The sample is probably not representative, being made of people who chose to respond to Jim, and it seems to be biased towards writers of YA, fantasy, sci-fi and romance. It also defines a successful author as one who earned an advance of at least US$2,000. Though the data is far from clean, it’s a great deal better than the hunches, prejudices, and sheer opinions that I’ve had up till now.

People tell you all kinds of things about how to succeed. Get an agent. Self-publishing is the way to go and you’ll net an offer from a traditional publisher. Others folks say, put in your time publishing short stories to earn your spurs. Do an…

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July 28, 2017 at 3:01 pm

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Quotations on Writing First Drafts

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Something we all need to bear in mind.

charles french words reading and writing

Here are a few quotations about creating first drafts to inspire all of us to keep writing:



“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” 

                                                               Mark Twain



“You might not write well every day,

   but you can always edit a bad page.

   You can’t edit a blank page.”

                                                                 Jodi Picoult



“Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the     only way you can do anything really good.”

                                                                      William Faulkner.

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July 4, 2017 at 8:46 pm

The Short Life of Lucy Butler – #gargleblaster176

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‘Congratulations. Kids next then?’

‘Not until we’ve finished the house.’


‘Good turn out.’

‘She was well loved.’

‘Always ran everywhere. Always busy.’

‘Thirty years I knew her. Never finished their house.’


‘For someone so busy, I often wonder what she did.’





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