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Post Reply If someone told you that they wanted to write a novel, what advice would you give that person?
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If they make a series make it so 1,2,3 goes alphabetically.

Cause I work at a library and fuck you James Patterson, fuck you right in your ghost writing teams eyes.


I volunteer at a library and I get where you are coming from. That man has so many books!


We have 4 copies of NYPD Red, like 30 something alex cross novels, and at least a dozen more duplicates of his stuff. Oh and he has done childrens books as well. You just caǹt escape that fucker...
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I can't go into great detail because I'm not a great writer myself. I will say that you should know what you write. Do the research, interviews, whatever. Draw from your own experience. This is even true with fiction. Bring as much knowledge/experience as you can to the story.

I once read a fiction book about someone who walked across Washington state. It was well written, but the problem is that I have done something similar and could tell the story was complete bullshit. If the author had bothered to take a long multi-day hike along the highway himself, he could have spun a much better story grounded in reality.

So gather real knowledge. Or even better, write about what you already know.
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This so much. And aside from him there is this female writer who has too many books too.
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qualeshia3 wrote:



This so much. And aside from him there is this female writer who has too many books too.


Janet Evanovich


Edit : Jesus I am not even at work and I remember all this shit...
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kinga750 wrote:

I can't go into great detail because I'm not a great writer myself. I will say that you should know what you write. Do the research, interviews, whatever. Draw from your own experience. This is even true with fiction. Bring as much knowledge/experience as you can to the story.

I once read a fiction book about someone who walked across Washington state. It was well written, but the problem is that I have done something similar and could tell the story was complete bullshit. If the author had bothered to take a long multi-day hike along the highway himself, he could have spun a much better story grounded in reality.

So gather real knowledge. Or even better, write about what you already know.


So research is key?
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qualeshia3 wrote:



This so much. And aside from him there is this female writer who has too many books too.


Janet Evanovich


and Danielle Steel along with Nora Roberts.
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qualeshia3 wrote:


Wasp-Zero wrote:


qualeshia3 wrote:



This so much. And aside from him there is this female writer who has too many books too.


Janet Evanovich


and Danielle Steel along with Nora Roberts.


Yeah, and all those Nora Roberts writing as J.D. Robb....


Also On topic, OP Research is immensely important(because 99% or dinosaurs that are still alive agree with that...) Basically get your facts straight and be knowledgeable. , also be passionate about the subject, and let the writing flow doǹt try to force it,

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Don't take writing advice from someone who rarely reads or writes... Meaning me.
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qualeshia3 wrote:
So research is key?


I think so. I've never tried to write a book but I think it's a good way to find inspiration and bring some authenticity to a story.
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Okay then.
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kinga750 wrote:


qualeshia3 wrote:
So research is key?


I think so. I've never tried to write a book but I think it's a good way to find inspiration and bring some authenticity to a story.


Cool.
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Don't take writing advice from someone who rarely reads or writes... Meaning me.


Alright then.
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My advice is to actually write something. A lot of people what to have written something but the hard part is actually writing something. Its a very time consuming and lengthy process so chop-chop.
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Don't Listen to anybody.
Most people don't know shit
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