This Saturday, April 6th, I have the privilege of interviewing Harlan Coben about his new novel, Run Away. If you’re in the Houston area, come out to Murder by the Book and join us.
Harlan Coben in conversation with Meg Gardiner
Saturday, April 6th, 2019
Murder by the Book
2342 Bissonnet Street
Houston, TX 77005
I hope to see you there!
Why are fellow Austin writer Jeff Abbott and I smiling in the photo above? The clue is in the books we’re holding. We’d just enjoyed a highly entertaining talk at Book People, and were waiting to get our copies signed by the author.
Look, it’s Harlan Coben! Who, aside from being a fantastic author, is warm and generous and an all around nice guy. Many thanks to Scott Montgomery (on the right, wearing the “Random Cowboy” tie) and everybody at Book People for bringing Harlan to Central Texas.
Today I’m dogpaddling to keep my eyeballs above water. So I’ll let Harlan Coben explain how to be a great writer.
Want to Be a Great Writer? Follow These Three Steps
“I don’t like writing. I like having written.”
Ah, the paradox. I don’t know who originally said it — I’ve seen everyone from Ernest Hemingway to Dorothy Parker to Oscar Madison get credit for this quote — but I know that it is stunningly true.
Some of my writer colleagues scoff at such a bad-karma sentiment. They love writing. Writing, they say, is a privilege and a passion and delight. (I don’t like hanging out with these writers, by the way.) When this writer is lost in the beauty of his own words – when he or she is alone with their special characters and strange worlds – it is bliss. Writing is celestial. Writing is, in fact, godly.
But at the end of the day, if this dear writer has nothing to show for it – if there are no words on the page – sorry, no, you don’t feel blissful.
Read the rest.