Tuesday, October 27, 2009
The First Five Pages, by Noah Lukeman
"The ultimate message of this book, though, is not that you should strive for publication, but that you should become devoted to the craft of writing, for its own sake. Ask yourself what you would do if you knew you would never be published. Would you still write? If you are truly writing for the art of it, the answer will be yes. And then, every word is a victory."-- Noah Lukeman, The First Five Pages.
In memorium of the book, consumer reviewer RLoughran says, "I believe that superior writing will, eventually, be recognized and published. Agonizing over publishers or agents or sales of books you have in print is hell; real writers are in it for the writing. The First Five Pages reminded me that if I control what I can--working at writing a superior book--I have a chance at publication."
Isn't this message inspiring? I have not read this book yet, but I have attended a class that was based around some of its principles, and I have heard many good things about it. Noah Lukeman is a literary agent in NY and he says the outstanding quality of your book must be apparent in the first five pages. Sounds like a great read... I can't wait!
I'm going to quote it again, just because I love it so much:
"ASK YOURSELF WHAT YOU WOULD DO IF YOU KNEW YOU WOULD NEVER BE PUBLISHED. WOULD YOU STILL WRITE? IF YOU ARE TRULY WRITING FOR THE ART OF IT, THE ANSWER WILL BE YES. AND THEN, EVERY WORD IS A VICTORY."