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Some good writing advice from a not-good writer

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I’m not one for finding wisdom from writers who don’t inspire me, but I’m grateful enough for inspiration to take it from any quarter shy of Thomas Kinkade. Anyway, a few weeks back, I read a profile of the popular novelist James Patterson. It was a long magazine piece, more interested in matters other than writing (i.e., money and success). But, buried in the article, I found this:

“I don’t believe in showing off,” Patterson says of his writing. “Showing off can get in the way of a good story.”

Inarguable. Show a little less love for your sentences; show a little more love for your story. Story. Story. Story!

Written by guterman

February 23, 2010 at 8:22 am

Posted in writing

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