Authors: Learn From Quotes

If you are connected with me on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn, you will notice that I post uplifting quotes. I am assuming that of the 8,000 authors that I’m connected with, there are some having a really bad day. (Maybe, a bad year.) A simple quote can lift an author’s spirits and guide them past the humbling moments in life.

The other purpose of quotes is to learn from them. Here are just a few examples.

“Most people don’t realize that writing is a craft. You have to take your apprenticeship in it like anything else.” ~ Katherine Ann Porter

In every single industry or career, you have to work yourself up the ladder. I do not have a problem with self-publishing, but authors can be tricked into thinking that a published book is the key to success. In reality, an author writing many novels, marketing everyday, understanding the publishing industry, reading, and writing some more, is how to succeed. No shortcuts.

“Good novels are not written, they are rewritten. Great novels are diamonds minded from layers of rewrites.” ~ Andre Jute

An author should rewrite a novel at least twelve times. Why twelve? Because it is more than eleven. However, if the author has no idea on the basics of writing a great novel, all the redrafts will be useless. That is why “taking your apprenticeship” is so important.

“Once writing has become your major vice and greatest pleasure, only death can stop it.” ~ Ernest Hemingway

Humbling moments will come as an author. In fact, when you first start out, you will fail more than you succeed. An author’s greatest pleasure may be to write books, but to have a career as an author, you must write marketable and entertaining books. Again, this is why working up the ladder and improving with each step is so important.

“Wear the old coat and buy a new book.” ~ Austin Phelps

This quote means that investing in reading is crucial to an author’s success. Ask any author in the world how they learned to write terrific books. Readingis on the top of the list.

And finally, here is a quote from Dr. Seuss, “The more you learn the more places you will go.”

That may sound obvious, but most authors neglect that advice. You can be enthusiastic about publishing a book, or you can be enthusiastic to learn the craft of writing.

Publishing is just a way to package and ship a book. Learning the craft of writing is how to succeed.

Listen to the voices from the past, by using quotes to build your future.

Ron Knight

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