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Andrew McAleer on Being Passionate about the Craft of Writing

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Excerpt From Part 8 (“Being Passionate about the Craft”) of Chapter 1 “A Portrait of a Novelist” in The 101 Habits of Highly Successful Novelists (ed. Andrew McAleer)

101 Habits

Writing is a craft and an art. If you are a writer, you are an artist as much as is an oil painter, sculptor, or ancient stone mason. Your passion for words and sentence structure should equal a painter’s passion for color and brushstroke. Take pride in knowing that what you are giving readers is your best work. Like a true artist, never be satisfied that your work cannot be improved.
~Andrew McAleer
(quoted from pp. 16–17)

About the book:
Learn from the MASTERS!

In The 101 Habits of Highly Successful Novelists, more than fifty of the greatest fiction writers of our time show you how they practice their craft. You’ll gain insight into every aspect of fiction writing, including:

Coming up with ideas
Knowing what makes a great story
Developing dialogue
Overcoming writer’s block
Creating a pitch synopsis
Promoting yourself

The 101 Habits of Highly Successful Novelists is a “who’s who” of today’s great fiction writers that will quickly become your most trusted writing companion!

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Work Cited:

McAleer, Andrew. “Being Passionate about the Craft” in The 101 Habits of Highly Successful Novelists. Andrew McAleer, ed. Avon, MA: Adams Media, 2008. 3–20. Print.

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