Quotes by: Nicholas Sparks
Romance is thinking about your significant other, when you are supposed to be thinking about something else.
If you look for me, I'm in the fiction section. Romance has its own section.
I think, above all, the characters in my novels feel universal to the readers.
In all love stories the theme is love and tragedy, so by writing these types of stories, I have to include tragedy.
By reading a lot of novels in a variety of genres, and asking questions, it's possible to learn how things are done - the mechanics of writing, so to speak - and which genres and authors excel in various areas.
Dramatic fiction - William Shakespeare made his biggest mark writing dramatic love stories.
Above all, a query letter is a sales pitch and it is the single most important page an unpublished writer will ever write. It's the first impression and will either open the door or close it. It's that important, so don't mess it up. Mine took 17 drafts and two weeks to write.
Because publishing is becoming more business-oriented each day with more examination of the bottom line, it's harder to break out than ever.
Focus in on the genre you want to write, and read books in that genre. A LOT of books by a variety of authors. And read with questions in your mind.
I suppose I'm most influenced by any good, commercial writer. I learn from everyone.
All characters come from people I know, but after the initial inspiration, I tend to modify the characters so they fit with the story.