Dec 192011

Good writing means being humble enough to know that no matter how talented you are, and no matter how fine your literary riffs can be, you owe the reader Once Upon a Time. You are not writing for your mother who will read your story and magnet it on the fridge no matter how good or bad. You are writing for people who got fired from their job, whose spouse just came home in a bad mood, who have bills to pay and mouthy teenagers, and puppies who just ate a shoe. They want to escape from their world and go to a place in their head that you create. This is enormous trust on their part. This is enormous indulgence–they are sitting down and reading your story, and you better darn well make it worth their while.

 Posted by at 11:24 pm


  1. I am yearning to read another of your books. Anything on the way?

  2. Believe it or not, this is harder to put into practice than one would think. Everything I write seems enthralling to me. I have to be on guard against this. Readers read to be entertained first and foremost. What I believe is of very limited interest. This little epiphany is humbling and crucial to acknowledge.

  3. Lynn,

    I am very interested in taking your UCLA extension class, but could not get the contact form to open. I have never taken an online writing class before, but have taken several other writing classes, and am midway through my first novel.

    Will you please email me?

    Thank you!

    Holly Connors

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