Thursday Quotables (the sixth)

OOOPH! Hello! The ‘ooph’ is there because I’ve just landed. For several days I was floating in a cloud of blissful ignorance, and dropping back to reality was a bit of a shock. I completely forgot that I had not yet written my introduction post to the Fanboy Book Club-I’ve been a terrible member so far. (Sorry Bianca!) Also, there are 12 books I read from the last couple of months that I’d like to review, but that number alone overwhelms me! I was going to do a bunch of mini reviews…and I obviously haven’t yet. Mini reviews may prove to be a challenge-if you’ve read my reviews, you know I kind of go all in and they can end up quite long. Challenges are good though! (Or so I tell myself, before starting aforementioned task.)

But, back to the quote. Thursday Quotables is a weekly feature created by Lisa at Bookshelf Fantasies. It’s basically an opportunity to showcase any quote or passage that stood out to you in the past week or so. This week my quote is from:


This is Not a Writing Manual, by Kerri Majors

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From page 96:

Every writer has his strengths. For an elite few, that means shaking up the literary establishment with something truly new. For most of us, it means something a little closer to earth: Coming up with a unique character, spinning a tight yarn, or writing hilarious dialogue.

This is not a book of exercises or approaches to improve your writing. It is, as stated in the title, real-world writing advice. I am loving it so far! I would totally recommend it to writers, regardless of age. One of my favorite things about it is how true it is. Not every author has “everything”; a very popular novel may be filled with plot-holes, but people love it for the characters. Not every component in a novel is equally strong.

I have especially liked reading this while I’m trying to figure out where I fit in the writing world. (See my post Can I Call Myself a Writer?)

Have you read this book? (If you haven’t, you should.) What do you think of the quote-is it true? Should authors just accept that there story has weak parts, or spend years perfecting it?


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