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The Downside of Being a Writer, from R. A. Salvatore (@r_a_salvatore)

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Excerpt From Part 10 (“Understanding the Downside of Being a Novelist”) of The 101 Habits of Highly Successful Novelists.

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Remember when you were in the second grade and you wrote something you thought was the best thing ever written? Then it came back from the teacher covered in red marks, destroying you. That’s what being a writer is, every single day. Particularly with the Internet and the loudmouths it inspires, a writer will hear constantly how much he/she sucks. And the bigger you get, the worse it will be. So if you don’t believe in yourself, you’ll be another of those writers who walks around with his head down, thoroughly depressed. I know a lot of writers, but I know very, very few happy writers.

~R. A. Salvatore
(quoted from pg. 22)

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!

Work Cited:

Salvatore, R. A. Quoted in Chapter 2: “Commitment” in The 101 Habits of Highly Successful Novelists. Andrew McAleer, ed. Avon, MA: Adams Media, 2008. 21–30. Print.

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