How many writers does it take to screw in a lightbulb? Six. One to screw it in, one to sharpen all the pencils in the house, one to make more coffee, one to call a friend to chat, and one to complain that there's never time to do any writing. Wait, that's only five — that's why they need editors.
This is a great joke but if you're serious about writing join the Ligonier Valley Writers in 2018.
Louis L'Amour was a successful writer in anybody's book. In his life he wrote over 100 novels, published more than 250 short stories and had 320 million books in print in over 10 languages. He was a hardworking writer who knew how to engage his readers. Here is L'Amour's advice on how to start a book:
"Begin every story in the middle. The reader doesn't care how it begins, he wants you to get on with it."--Louis L'Amour
If you want to learn how to be a great writer, join the Ligonier Valley Writers. Information on joining and on our upcoming programs visit LVWonline.org
Here is a verse found on an old bookplate that I feel that would serve as a sort of a "grace" for a new book:
May this volume continue in motion, And its pages each day unfurl'd, Till an ant has drunk up the ocean, Or a tortoise has crawl'd round the world.
Long live writers and long live your book. If you want to write a book that lasts until the ants drink up the ocean, join the Ligonier Valley Writers. For more information go to lvwonline.com
Randy Ross, author of God Bless Cambodia, will speak at the Ligonier Town Hall
community room 7 PM on March 29th. Booklist Online and other
reviewers have praised Ross’s book, a fictional travel memoir, and compared it
to Anne Tyler’s best-seller The Accidental Tourist. Mr. Ross is an entertaining
and engaging speaker who has performed his work on stages across the U.S.,
Canada and the United Kingdom. He will speak on the trials and travails of
getting his novel published.
This performance is sponsored by the Ligonier
Here's a great quote from cartoonist/writer/graphic novelist Lynda Barry. I think I would file this under--Once you learn the rules you are allowed to break them! Barry has build a successful career by breaking with conventions and following her own unique muse. Her creativity is evident in the metaphor contained in this quote:
"People think if you're writing a story you have to follow story structure--it's like thinking the only reason we have teeth is because there are dentists." Lynda Barry
Thanks for reading. Be sure to visit LVW.org to check out some of the exciting new programs for aspiring writers and all lovers of great storytelling.