Max Brooks' 5 Tips For Writing Fiction

Max Brooks’ 5 Writing Tips


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Max Brooks is an American horror author and screenwriter. He was born 22 May 1972.

He is the son of the comedy filmmaker, Mel Brooks and the actress, Anne Bancroft.

He is credited with helping propel zombie-lore to mainstream pop-culture obsession. He has published three successful zombie-themed books: The Zombie Survival Guide, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, and The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks.

World War Z was adapted into a 2013 movie starring Brad Pitt. His graphic novels include the #1 New York Times bestseller The Harlem Hellfighters.

His novel, Minecraft: The Island, is a novelisation of the incredibly popular videogame Minecraft.

Brooks holds dual fellowships at the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security and the Modern War Institute at West Point.

Follow him on Twitter: @maxbrooksauthor

We found these writing tips from a 2014 interview and we want to share them with you.

Max Brooks’ 5 Writing Tips

  1. Just do it. Writing, like anything, takes practice and discipline, and I’ve found that discipline comes from a lifetime of repetition. I started writing when I was 12 and it’s made the action as normal as any other activity.
  2. Drafts. Nothing is more intimidating than a blank page. Writing in drafts helps to diffuse some of that pressure. My rough draft has one goal; to write “The End.” I have the next 200-300 drafts to make it good.
  3. I always write for me. I write what I want to read. I have no idea what will be popular, but if it’s a story I like, at least I can guarantee that it’ll have one fan.
  4. I’m very careful who I let proofread my unfinished work. Too often people will want to rewrite the entire story or take it in a direction I never intended. Vetting proofreaders over time allows me to find eyes and brains that want to help me get where I originally intended to go.
  5. I married the right person! That’s the most important tip I can give to any artist. It’s hard out there, unpredictable, distracting, and, at times, heartbreaking. My wife knows me better than I know myself and is critical in keeping my mind and heart on the right track. Without her as my battle-buddy, who knows where I, and my work, would be.

This advice first appeared in Publisher’s Weekly

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 by Amanda Patterson

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