Questo è quanto scrive Dean Koontz, uno che di mestiere fa il bestsellerista. Perché, a me sembra che girachetirigiri il problema degli scrittori italiani è come diventare ricchi e famosi scrivendo storie… o no? O c’è in ballo la letterarietà del prodotto-libro da pubblicare?
How to Write a Bestselling Novel When reading how-to tips from any writer, always remember that what technique or attitude works for him or her might be so alien to your creative nature that to adopt it unthinkingly will do you no good and might hamstring you. While grammar, syntax, and craft can be taught, writing fiction is–or should be–such an intensely personal enterprise that the story and its meaning comes from a place deep inside yourself and involves approaches that are unique to you. Take advice, yes, but think it through thoroughly and be sure it works for you.
I started hitting best-seller lists as soon as I stopped using outlines. With Strangers, I started with nothing more than a couple of characters I thought I’d like and with a premise. Nearly every new writer I know uses detailed outlines, and so did I for a long time. But when I stopped relying on them, my work became less stiff, more organic, less predictable. BUT, nearly every beginning writer I’ve known and some excellent veterans as well, such as Jeffery Deaver, create chapter-by-chapter outlines of considerable length before starting to write the novel. The point of this tip is simply that if you feel constrained by an outline, it isn’t the only way to work.
If you suffer from serious self-doubt at the keyboard, as I do, that doubt doesn’t have to grow into writer’s block. Use the doubt, turn it into a positive. The way I’ve done that is to revise and polish one page–ten times, twenty times, whatever–until I am unable to make it flow more smoothly or invest it with more tension. Only then do I move on to the next page. Of course, the doubt returns page by page, but after a while, I have a stack of pages about which my doubts have been allayed, and I can move forward with increasing confidence.
Minimalist writing, in the tradition of Hemingway, has been taught for so many decades that much of what is published these days lacks character and color. Metaphor, simile, all kinds of figures of speech have evaporated from much modern fiction, and many new writers have no interest in using the language in vivid and inventive ways. Hemingway was a stylistic genius, and his approach worked for him, in part because there were layers of meaning under the apparently simple words. Geniuses are rare; therefore, most minimalist writers end up with brisk and simple language that is barely a first layer and that has nothing under it. Dare to love the language, if minimum prose feels flat to you. Some readers won’t get it; many will not only get it but delight in it.
Write what you are most passionate about writing. Don’t scope the market and write what you think is currently hot. What is currently hot will not be hot three years from now, and you won’t at that time want to be labeled as a writer of that particular genre. Make your own genre as best you can.
Writer’s groups work for some new writers, not for others. I was never cut out for a writer’s group. So much depends on the people in it. What are they criticizing about your work? Grammar, syntax, plot holes? Or are they criticizing your personal style, your world view and your personal philosophy? If they’re criticizing the latter, it’s not a good group for you, no matter what support you might think you’re getting from it. Your style, your perspective, and your philosophy of life are the main things you have to sell; they are what make you different, and you shouldn’t–in fact you can’t–change them.
Whether you’re a man or a woman, try to marry a rich spouse. (Ha, ha!) It’s good insurance for a writer. Whether you can find a rich spouse or not, never give up writing. The best-selling writers who endured fifty or a hundred rejections before finally achieving success would make for such a long list of names that I would develop carpal tunnel syndrome just typing all of them. Perseverance is as important as talent and craftsmanship.http://www.beliefnet.com/Entertainment/Galleries/koontz-7-bestseller-tips.aspx
Il problema di fondo, secondo me, è trovare un editore che abbia voglia di scommettere i suoi soldi sulla tua storia. Per alcuni non è difficile. Nel mio caso è stato sempre uno scoglio che ha arginato puntualmente il mare:-)
Ognuno ha il suo destino. A me sono arrivati altri doni, ma non quello. Accontentiamoci.