I feel thin, sort of stretched, like butter scraped over too much bread. – JRR Tolkein
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This sentence has five words. Here are five more words. Five-word sentences are fine. But several together become monotonous. Listen to what is happening. The writing is getting boring. The sound of it drones. It’s like a stuck record. The ear demands some variety.
Now listen. I vary the sentence length, and I create music. Music. The writing sings. It has a pleasant rhythm, a lilt, a harmony. I use short sentences. And I use sentences of medium length. And sometimes, when I am certain the reader is rested, I will engage him with a sentence of considerable length, a sentence that burns with energy and builds with all the impetus of a crescendo, the roll of the drums, the crash of the cymbals–sounds that say listen to this, it is important. – Gary Provost
Start with short stories. After all, if you were to take up rock climbing, you wouldn’t start with Mount Everest. So if you’re starting fantasy, don’t start with a nine-book series. – George RR Martin
A book series is never truly over. The story lives on, even when the final page has been turned. – Richard Denney
There are only two types of speakers in the world: the nervous, and liars. – Mark Twain
Books choose their readers, not the other way around. I believe that booksellers are the matchmakers. – Cecelia Ahern
If your target audience isn’t listening, it’s not their fault, it’s yours. – Seth Godin
It’s a dialogue, not a monologue, and some people don’t understand that. Social media is more like a telephone than a television. – Amy Jo Martin
In a crowded marketplace, fitting in is a failure. In a busy marketplace, not standing out is the same as being invisible. – Seth Godin
In my opinion, understanding who your target audience is, and what they want, and writing to them (and only them!) is the most important component of being successful as an author. – John Locke