Jay's Writing Points
Before I start talking about my writing points, let me first show to you some of the advice I gotfrom some of the world's most successful writers.
1) Alexander McCall Smith – The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, The Kalahari Typing Schoolfor Men, The Full Cupboard of Life, many others
Dear Mr Jaboneta,It was a very great pleasure to receive your kind and courteous e-mail. Thank you so much forwriting to me. I am very pleased indeed that you are enjoying my books and I do hope that you willalso enjoy those that are published in the future.I was most interested to hear that you are hoping to become a writer and that you wish to use theexperience of your personal quest for truth in this. You asked me for advice on how to become awriter.
Really, I think the only advice that one can give someone is to encourage them to practiceand practice
I think that is the way in which writers become better at their work - practice and then more practice again!
So I suggest that you start writing perhaps short stories and then showthem to friends and colleagues for their comments. But the important thing is to practice asmuch as possible - so once you have finished one story or novel, always move on to the next one.When you feel that the time has come to show your work to publishers, then I think you shouldlook at the local market in your area - even newspapers and magazines that may publish stories,and then send your work to the editors. I wish you all the best with your writing.Warmest wishes,Alexander McCall Smith
2) Salle Redfield – The Celestine Meditations, and Meditations for the Tenth Insight; TheExecutive producer of The Celestine Prophecy Movie.
Hi Jay,Thank you for your kind note, and thank you for the compliments on James's books.Believe it or not, one of the best books I have ever read on writing is written by Stephen King-- thesame Stephen King who writes horror novels.
The book is called Stephen King on Writing.
Hopefully this will help. Take care and good luck.My best,Salle Redfield
2) Sam Deep – ACT ON IT! (with Lyle Sussman)
Jay~ Grace to you and Peace. I feel blessed by your comments. I am so glad that you have received such value from Act On It! My journey in writing has been from hating it to enjoying it. That may be the secret. If you loveanything you'll find ways to do it well.That said, I attribute my current, and only moderately effective writing skills, first and foremost tothe Lord. His help has come in the form of a number of blessings. These are but a few: 1. A college English professor--Pete Jones--who taught me much2. A publishing house editor--John Bell--who taught me much