Three Links: What Writers Do

The Three Links series continues today with articles about being a writer or about writing itself that I found particularly interesting.

The first is a rather long read from The Guardian by American writer George Saunders entitled “What Writers Really Do When They Write“. It’s a very insightful look into how a story comes into being, and how it’s revised from the initial idea into something intelligent and coherent. Set a few minutes aside for this one, you won’t be disappointed.

The poster child for self-publishing success, Hugh Howey, wrote an interesting piece for Amazon Author Insights, called “So you want to be a writer“. I’ve been a fan of his ever since I read his “Wool” series and, no matter what you may think of this outspoken author, this article makes very valid points about what a writer needs to do to achieve success. Pants optional.

Lastly, Veronica Rossi’s article “Write Like a Painter” provides an unusual look into the creative process and what similarities there are between painting and writing as creating art.

Do you agree with the opinions of the authors? If not, why not? What do you think is a necessary skill or activity a writer needs to nourish for success?

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