Writers Write shares writing tips and resources. In this post, we share Max Brooks’ 5 Writing Tips.
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.
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We found these writing tips from a 2014 interview and we want to share them with you.
Max Brooks’ 5 Writing Tips
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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