Never Quit Writing

A Professional Writer is an Amateur who didn’t Quit.

Richard Back


Richard Back wrote one of my favorite books Jonathan Livingston Seagull. A 38-week New York Times Best Seller about a seagull looking for a better life.

I’m not familiar with his background, but it is great advice. If you want to be an author — write, write, write.

Another great bit of advise is to learn all you can about writing, after you’ve written your story, rewrite, rewrite, rewrite.

Writing a novel is hard work.

Thinking is another critical element of becoming an author. It doesn’t look like work, but it is. Creative ideas come from creative minds.

An author’s mind needs time to relax and think. Sometimes an idea may come while reading, listening to music, watching TV or a movie, or hanging with friends.

But ideas also come when all is quiet. No outward noise. Go for a walk, a bike ride, sit on the couch and think. Let your mind wonder. Plot out a scene or a story line. Think “What if?” instead of following the usual path.

Keep a notebook or an electronic device that you can write or type your ideas in. Don’t assume, “I’ll remember. I’ll do it later.”

Sometimes an idea will hang around floating in your head while it develops. But most often, ideas evaporate. Even if all you have is a restaurant napkin, write it down. Even if you’re out with friends and they think you might be a little crazy, tell them you’re an author. You have to write something down so you don’t forget. (You’ll impress them and might sell a book.)

Keep all ideas. You never know when one might turn into a novel or when a combination of ideas become a plot. Then write, learn more about writing, write, rewrite, think . . .write, write, write.

Remember: A Professional Author is an Amateur who didn’t know when to Quit.