Novelist Charlaine Harris: "If it pleases you and you can write at all, it's gonna please somebody else."

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The latest from Promptly’s Top 20 Tips From WD in 2010 series is not a tip, really, nor a strategy, trick, secret literary weapon, etc. But I still think it’s good to hear from a novelist, a small moment of writing zen. A regular prompt follows. Happy weekend.

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No. 8: Hope
“Since my career broke big when I was already, you know, I was looking at turning 50, I would think maybe never give up hope would be one of the morals you could draw from that. And also I think you just have to enjoy yourself. ??If it pleases you and you can write at all, it’s gonna please somebody else.”
—Charlaine Harris (the author behind "True Blood," “In Her Blood,” July/August 2010 (click here to read the full profile, or click here to check out the entire issue, featuring all things memoir)

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