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There's no way to prepare to write a best-selling novel. Agree or disagree?

Other than working on grammar and spelling and form, there's no way to prepare for it. It just happens. James Patterson sure didn't prepare for it.

by Anonymousreply 1101/23/2013

You sound like someone who has never written professionally, OP.

by Anonymousreply 101/23/2013

Agree to a point, if you're talking about a totally original work that becomes a must read. Certain genres, mystery for example, it's probably reasonably easy.

by Anonymousreply 201/23/2013

Editors take care of much of that, you need a vision, an idea, something that will resonate with others, an imagination and a purpose

by Anonymousreply 301/23/2013

That's about the only thing James Patterson DOES prepare for.

by Anonymousreply 401/23/2013

R3 is posting from the 1950s, OP. Ignore.

by Anonymousreply 501/23/2013

[quote] Editors take care of much of that, you need a vision, an idea, something that will resonate with others, an imagination and a purpose

Editors can tidy things up, but a sloppy initial product will probably never be okay.

by Anonymousreply 601/23/2013

It sounds like the role of editor has changed. Or maybe it was ever thus.

What exactly does an editor do with a manuscript that's to be published?

by Anonymousreply 701/23/2013

Grammar? Spelling? That's for pussies. You don't need any of that shit to write a best-seller. Just make it about witches or vampires and you're in.

by Anonymousreply 801/23/2013

An article about working with James Patterson.

by Anonymousreply 901/23/2013

R7 -- editors don't "edit" any longer. They pick likely "prospects" similar to stocks, or race horses; established money makers can phone in crud, and it gets published "as is" -- sad, but true.

by Anonymousreply 1001/23/2013

I'm thinking about taking a couple of years to research how to write a novel. Any tips?

by Anonymousreply 1101/23/2013
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