"Books must be written, not talked"

In a longish life as a professional writer, I have heard a thousand masterpieces talked out over bars, restaurant tables and love seats. I have never seen one of them in print. Books must be written, not talked.
Morris L. West

There are many professional writers who firmly believe this and you won't hear a word about their manuscript until its been published but writers conferences are full of writers who want to tell you all about their book. I have found once the story is out there the writer no longer feels the burning desire to write the book. It's hard when friends want to hear about your work or you rehash it in critique groups but in the end I think you know what needs work and what is ready for publication if you are being honest with yourself.

Today, think about the stories you never finished because you talked it all out. Is
there any part of the story that could be resurrected? Could you use the ideas in another form? a short story instead of a novel.Now get back to work!


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