Advice from the Masters: James Patterson

May 31, 2017 | Better Writing

According to Writer’s Digest, “More than 100 million people have read at least one James Patterson book. That’s roughly one out of every three U.S. citizens.” And that’s as of 2009. Who knows how many more of his books have sold by now.

Diana Page Jordan interviewed Patterson for Writer’s Digest. If the process of writing and selling books interests you, click through and read the entire interview. It’s full of interesting stuff. In the bit I chose to share here, Patterson shares how he thinks about writing his books. It’s a good model for you whether you write fiction or nonfiction books of any kind.

“I’m always pretending that I’m sitting across from somebody. I’m telling them a story, and I don’t want them to get up until it’s finished.”

Want more? Check out the complete list of Advice from the Masters posts

If you want even more writing advice from writers, check out Jon Winokur’s blog, “AdvicetoWriters.”

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