2018 is here and it has brought with it the annual quasi-promises people usually bear whilst entering the new year that this one is going to be different; going to be better. Sad thing is most of those promises fall through in the first month. We are pretty sure that often within these promises is the vow to write a novel, at least for some.
A few months pass and the idea is still just, well, still just an idea. Well, we are wanting you to stop putting it off and start writing. Now is as good as time than ever, right?
You’re probably thinking — crikey, I’m not ready for this — but when are you ever going to be ready? Getting words down on paper can be scary, sure, but it’s a challenge you must overcome! Today, we are here to guide you with the help of some well-known writers.
They have been in your position and made it. Now it’s your turn. Capitulating is not an answer. We have turned to the writers to give you the motivation and inspiration you need to get that book started.
Anne Frank was the young girl who was in hiding during World War II. Throughout her furtive time she documented what her life was like. This happened until August 1944 when they are found and arrested. Now her diary is one of the most famous and bestselling books of all time.
Mainly known for writing the classics The Chronicles of Narnia, C.S Lewis was one of the most influential and intellectual authors of the twentieth century. Having written and published over 30 books throughout his lifetime and selling over 100 million copies of Narnia, which has now also been turned into three highly acknowledged films.
William Faulkner was an American writer whose work ranged from novels to essays. Mainly recognised for his novels, screenplays, and short stories, Faulkner wasn’t widely known until 1949 when he received a Noble Prize in Literature “for his powerful and artistically unique contribution to the modern American novel.”
Stephen King, also known as The King of Horror, is the well decorated American writer who’s released more than fifty worldwide bestsellers. His books focus on fantasy, horror, supernatural fiction, and science fiction. Many of them we are sure you have heard of; The Shining and IT ring a bell? We think he is probably one of the best horror writers of all time. And trust us, his books are a lot scarier than the films.
J.K.Rowling is a British novelist and screenwriter; best known for being the author of worldwide best selling books, Harry Potter. She has sold more than 400 million copies and has won multiple awards. It wasn’t all plain sailing for Rowling though. She had quite a rough and tough life but she channelled her feelings and experiences into writing Harry Potter. And look how successful they and she are now.
Maya Angelou; writer, poet, autobiographer, storyteller, civil rights activist, and most notably Hollywood’s first female black director. Maya’s most famous work, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, is a must. A year before she passed away she was awarded an honorary Literarian award for her contributions to the literary community.
He is one author that gave his readers a real insight into what it would be like if the government controlled every detail of a person’s life. Many of his ideas and opinions still live on many years after his death. One of his phrases that we are sure many of you will know is ‘Big Brother is watching you.‘ George was known as a journalist, author, critic, and novelist. His novels Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty Four have both been turned into films.
Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The BFG, James and The Giant Peach, Fantastic Mr.Fox; any of these ring a bell? These are just a few of the beloved children’s book Roald Dahl wrote. Dahl has been described as the Worlds No.1 storyteller who is loved for his creative and memorable characters. During his lifetime he stated that his mission was to ‘amaze, thrill and inspire.’ Even to this day, his books are still a popular choice for children and parents.
“I just like to scare people” one of Stine’s most recognised quotes. Known best for his Goosebumps books, which in 2015 was turned into a film starring Jack Black as R.L.Stine. He has sold over 400 million copies with many of them being translated into 35 languages. 2017 marked the 25th anniversary of the Goosebumps series.
George R.R. Martin
Some of you may recognise this man as being the author of A Song of Ice and Fire which the award-winning and very popular TV series, Game of Thrones was based upon. His work has previously been compared with J.R.R. Tolkien’s but with a much more darker, grittier feel to it. People say his books are the ultimate fantasy for grown-ups.
Dr.Seuss, author and illustrator. He is an all-time favourite when it comes to Children’s books. Some of his bestsellers include The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham and How The Grinch Stole Christmas (one of our favourites). Many of his books have been made into films and remakes.
Born in the local town of Torquay, Agatha Christie was a writer, playwright, and a great surfer (bet you weren’t expecting that). She is best known for her detective novels and popular characters: Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. Her novels were a huge success and so were her plays; The Mousetrap is the World’s longest running play.
Some of you may not have heard of Ann Patchett. She is an American author who has written for many publications. In 2011 Ann opened the independent bookstore, Parnassus Books with friend and publisher Karen Hayes. Her most well-known work includes Bel Canto, State of Wonder, and The Patron Saint of Liars which was turned into a film adaption/TV film. Ann also received the 2002 PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize for Fiction.
Margaret Atwood is a Canadian novelist, poet, literary critic, inventor, and environmental activist. She also made the shortlist for the Booker Prize five times. Recently the film and novel The Handmaid’s Tale were made into a TV version which was hailed the best TV show of the year in 2017.
We hope that these quotes and background stories have given you the motivation to get that book written. Remember if you ever need your book printed or need ideas on your books looks give us a call or visit our website.
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