Happy Birthday, Margaret George, born 19 January 1943
- One of the nice benefits of writing is that you are always learning. Writers are great observers of the world and of people. Those of us who need to do research as well get to take courses and interview people as well as travel.
- My ultimate writing goal is that the characters I write about be pleased with what I have done. I’d like to think Cleopatra would say, “Good job! You captured me!” or Helen of Troy would say, “Nobody has understood me until now.”
- Writer’s block—I’m not sure what it is, if it’s a real entity or various other, different, roadblocks. There are lots of things that can keep you from writing. The biggest one is lack of interest or desire or personal passion for the subject.
- My advice for other writers is the same advice as for actors—there are many more people who want to do this than society can support. So do it for the love of it and hope you are one of those who can continue to do it.
- Don’t make your potential reader guess what your book is about—and don’t give it a vague, non-descriptive title,or an overly literary one. People may not get it on first glance and move on to the next book on the table.
- Never automatically assume your reader will be interested in your story. It is your job to make him or her interested. Just imagine someone tired and yawning when they pick up your story and try to overcome it. It’s a good exercise for writers.
- Write about what excites you. That way you will enjoy coming to work each day, and the journey will be an adventure.
Margaret George is an American historian and historical novelist. Her epic fictional biographies include the best-selling The Autobiography of Henry VIII, Mary, Queen of Scotland and the Isles, and The Memoirs of Cleopatra.
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