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Writers on writing

"Writers on writing" Continued...

Issue: "2010 Books Issue," July 3, 2010

Q: Some would-be writers say they need to be inspired. There's no such thing as inspiration. That's the answer. I mean there's inspiration, but it's not where you start. I'll write recipes, jokes; I'll do anything to get the fingers on the typewriter. There are a lot of socks to be sorted and if you focus on how many socks there are to sort, you'll never write. Don't think about that. I get up in the morning, go into the gym and work out, then get into my desk by 10:30 and write until five.

Q: It's work. The writing itself is work, and it takes dedication. The advice I give to younger people or anyone who wants to be in any creative field: Finish something. Finishing is the most important step of being any kind of creative person, because you only solve the problems by getting to the end. Those are where all of those problems come up, and if you solve those problems, you're a writer, you're an artist. You have to work through the problems of plot and structure until you get a satisfying ending. Sometimes you'll get it and sometimes it will be harder. You have to finish.
-interview by Marvin Olasky
(Editor's note: This article was edited to reflect that Brett Lott was an RC Cola salesman in Southern California.)

Marvin Olasky
Marvin Olasky

Marvin is editor in chief of WORLD News Group and the author of more than 20 books, including The Tragedy of American Compassion. Follow Marvin on Twitter @MarvinOlasky.

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