Authors That Prosper

A MCS BLOG 8“When something can be read without effort, great effort has gone into its writing.” ~ Enrique Jardiel Poncela.

That quote reminds authors that the true path to success is writing several entertaining books by using layers and layers of your talent until perfection is achieved.

However, what constitutes an entertaining book? Here is some advice.

“Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day. The good writers are the ones that see five or six of them.” ~ Orson Scott Card.

Lesson: This means that in order for your books to be unique, you must be able to take several ideas and turn them into great works of fiction.

For example, if someone gave you five random magazines, then you should be able to use that information in those magazines to create an entertaining story. I challenge to you do this in order to reach deeper into your imagination.

“There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.” ~ Oscar Wilde.

Lesson: Readers judge books on whether or not it benefited their lives in some way. Great storytellers will shine while those that are unwilling to improve their craft will fail. It’s pretty much that simple.

“There is only one school of literature-that of talent.” ~ Vladimir Nabokov.

Lesson: Think about Neil Diamond. His voice cracks when he sings, yet he’s sold millions of albums. The reason is every person has a unique talent that must be presented in a unique way to separate yourself from the herd.

“Once you have the readers’ sympathy, they will follow you anywhere.” ~ The Ghost Writer, by Robert Harris.

Lesson: If you can break down a reader’s gatekeeper which consists of their emotions, values, and goals in life, then you will have loyal fans.

Your stories and characters must benefit a specific target audience and you must go after that target audience with the same passion that you used to write the book.

And finally, consider this quote, “No writer can invent it. It is made in the hard school of experience.” ~ Sarah Orne Jewett.

Lesson: Every book you read, every book you write, every book you publish, every book you market transforms you into a skilled author.

“The only way to learn how to write is to write.” ~ Peggy Teeters.

Use the advice from those that have come before you, but proceed in a unique way that shows your most inner talents of storytelling.

Ron Knight

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