Words of writerly wisdom

Recent common sense from writers wot know:


Two-million-word writer Kim Wilkins:

Write the fucking fiction! Don’t write blogs and marketing plans and twitter yourself in front of everyone in hopes of building a platform. Write the fucking fiction FIRST. The rest is just white noise until you have a good finished product. And it must be good.

Read the rest here. It’s fucking gold. You can have a ‘cosy chat’ with Kim at the Brisbane Writers Festival on 9 September.


Justine Larbalestier, whose blog is informative and entertaining, on YA writers doing it for the money:

If someone really decided to become a YA novelist solely to make big money then they’re an idiot with incredibly poor research skills. Choosing to write novels—in any genre—as a path to riches is about as smart as buying lottery tickets to achieve the same.

And to complete the trifecta, Joe Abercrombie offers an overview of planning, something I’m going through at the moment with a similar process to this:

I’ll know the setting and the rough plot for each part, some idea of what each point of view character needs to do, but usually I only plan the first part in any close detail, working out exactly what each chapter is going to contain.

Abercrombie and Wilkins are guests at GenreCon in Sydney in November, which should be a hoot.

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3 thoughts on “Words of writerly wisdom

  1. “I’ll know the setting and the rough plot for each part, some idea of what each point of view character needs to do, but usually I only plan the first part in any close detail, working out exactly what each chapter is going to contain.”

    That’s essentially how I work as well. I

  2. Best of both worlds, hey Drew? A framework with the flexibility for the unexpected 🙂

  3. That’s exactly right. 🙂 I do some drawing in my spare time, and I sometimes treat outlining like sketching. You don’t always get a real detailed look from a sketch. You occasionally get some details, but not all. If for some reason you wind up with a curve ball thrown in there, no biggy. The flexibility is there to go with it and still continue on without getting stuck.

    Drew Merten
    amazon.com/author/drewmerten

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