Some good writing advice from a not-good writer
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!