A few years back I wrote a novel called The Old Man and the Wasteland. Like I said it got 940 reviews on Amazon (4.5 stars) and 3,383 on Goodreads. I was looking at the stats today and for a little novel that was just my homage to Hemingway and the video game Fallout… it’s done pretty well. A lot of writers are asking how they can achieve success or make an impact within the world of books. Sure, there are lots of people who will knockout a “ten best” list that may or may not help you. I’m not saying I can help you. But, condensed, here are some of my thoughts about writing. Consider them and take what works for you. Oh, and maybe consider buying the book. It’s just .99cents! It’s Hemingway meets the End of the World.
1. Only write six days a week. If God can rest so can you.
Shocking is overrated and overdone and boorish. It’s a cheap way to entertain people and it’s been done too much. Instead, weave, craft and cut to tell an intriguing tale. Challenge yourself to make your writing accessible to everyone. One of the strengths of John Grisham’s novels as told by him is that you can read his books and hand them to your grandmother or your teenager and not feel embarrassed by anything within. John Grisham sells a lot of novels.
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Part Hemingway, part Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, a suspenseful odyssey into the dark heart of the post-apocalyptic American Southwest.
Forty years after the destruction of civilization, human beings are reduced to salvaging the ruins of a broken world. One survivor’s most prized possession is Hemingway’s classic The Old Man and the Sea. With the words of the novel echoing across the wasteland, a living victim of the Nuclear Holocaust journeys into the unknown to break a curse.
What follows is an incredible tale of grit and endurance. A lone traveler must survive the desert wilderness and mankind gone savage to discover the truth of Hemingway’s classic tale of man versus nature.
Updated edition now with a new introduction by author Nick Cole.